- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) - Police told the Ashland City Council this week they might request an expansion of the downtown exclusion zone in an effort to rein in rowdy behavior by transients and bar patrons.

An exclusion zone is an area from which persistent offenders may be temporarily banned.

The Mail Tribune (https://is.gd/YwUrB6 ) reports the city passed the exclusion ordinance in 2012 in response to what police described as out-of-control nuisance crimes by the homeless population. The number of calls for disorderly conduct in the downtown area has dropped from 310 in 2012 to 199 last year.

Deputy Chief Warren Hensman says police are also trying to address complaints from those who live near Will Dodge Way. That’s an alley that runs behind businesses on a two-block stretch of Main Street.

Neighbors have complained about large numbers of bar patrons congregating in the alley, and the accompanying noise and fights.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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