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Navassa residents to discuss proposed children's group home

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There's an on-going battle over bringing a group home for troubled kids to the Brunswick County town of Navassa. Residents don't want it in their community, but the town council has already approved it. People who work near a Leland facility may be able to ease the minds of concerned Navassa residents. The Strategic Behavioral Health Center in Leland is a lockdown facility that offers several types of treatment to troubled kids ages 12 to 17. Although it's not in a residential neighborhood, like what's proposed in Navassa, it is surrounded by several businesses, including flow sciences, across the street. "It's been a non-event,” said Ray Ryan who works near the SBHC. “They've been great neighbors, there's been no problems whatsoever." Navassa residents say something like this in their neighborhood would be anything but a gem. The proposed group home would be built on open lot on Wide Way Road, not far from where a few families already live. It would house about 12 people, ages seven to 17, and would be locked 24 hours and day, seven days a week. Navassa resident Yolanda Lee said, "I'm all for whatever to help the children, but I do feel there is a safety concern." Ryan encourages residents to speak to the developer, Alfred Dixon, but when they tried to do that at a recent public meeting, Dixon refused to participate when he saw our camera. WWAY was told he's out of the country for weeks. Still, residents aren't backing down and are planning to meet this Saturday at 6:00. They hope to get some answers about why the town's planning board recommended council approve the group home.

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Yet another one!

05:51 PM PDT on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 By ROB PIERCY / KING 5 News CAMANO ISLAND, Wash. – People living on the island fear a prolific teen burglar is back at work. Colton Harris-Moore ***ESCAPED FROM A GROUP HOME*** in Renton and hasn't been seen since. He was ordered to live there after his arrest last year for breaking and entering. "None of us should have to go through this," said Camano Island resident Doug Kendall. He's reinforcing the door to his storage room because he's worried about a break-in. "There's people that are concerned about safety now. It's a different story. When you're a fugitive, it's different than being the local burglar," said Kendall. Police spent weeks tracking 17-year-old Harris-Moore across the island last year as he broke into one home after another. They finally caught him and sent him to the group home. He escaped two months ago and a short time later, a new string of burglaries began on South Camano. One resident says that in the past few weeks, her garage has been broken into three times. Food and a bicycle were stolen. It happens to be the very same bike Harris-Moore allegedly stole last year, which was later recovered when he was arrested. Police are searching for Colton Harris-Moore. "Trying to discern the similarities between what he's done before and what is occurring now is a difficult task for our investigators," said Island County Sheriff Mark Brown. He says, so far, there have been no official sightings of Harris-Moore, but says the circumstantial evidence suggests it could be him. Additional deputies have been assigned to patrol Camano Island. The Sheriff says the suspect should be easy for neighbors to spot at 6-feet 5-inches tall and 200 pounds.

I didn't

realize that I lived in Washington.. Thanks for letting me know. I failed to see how what happens in Washington is relevant to what's going on in Navassa.

Oh yeah! Our criminals are DIFFERENT, right?

Stop being intentionally nonsensical. The same thing can happen in Navassa as happened in Maryland....Utah.....Washington.....anywhere these group homes are located. Here's one statement that no one has yet countered: "If they have to be locked up, they are DANGEROUS, and if they're dangerous you don't need to dump them in the middle of a residential neighborhood." I guess you just can't argue against reality, huh?

Can be you

Just shows when you house criminals in a house instead of a jail, you are setting yourself up to be their next victim.

It is a strict environment for kids

I know exactly what this facility is about. I had a stepson in one a while back, though not here. These facilities are behavioral treatment facilities geared toward molding kids with behavioral problems that are on the edge of being criminal. There is serious one-on-one counseling and monitoring of these kids activities. They lock them down because they will tend to run away rather than endure treatment. It is doubtful they would escape to hurt any nearby residents, they just want out of there. Most of these types of treatments are court mandated where the court sees that certain kids on the wrong track has a last chance here with counseling, otherwise they are destined for a criminal life with certain prison time. This treatment didn't do my stepson any good as he still wound up a double felon by age 20 and it eventually cost me my marriage, but some of the results are excellent and some of these kids turn around. To have just one succeed is worth it. There is little to no risk involved for residents that live nearby.

See? Even you admit it!

"It is doubtful they would escape to hurt any nearby residents, THEY JUST WANT OUT OF THERE." Oh yes, they DEFINITELY want out. In Maryland, police are searching for a seventeen year-old escapee. He weighs in at 196 pounds. In Utah, three females beat the director senseless with a frying pan, then stole her car, purse, cellphone, and took off. Whether animal or person, if you have to LOCK THEM UP, you're admitting that they pose a risk. Obviously none of you sob-sisters live in this neighborhood.


They don't want kids, just a trash dump..

Don't back down

I love it when it comes to actually having to sacrifice, and all the "so-called" christens come out of the woodwork.


Anybody ever heard of the saying "It takes a community to raise a kid" ??? I don't understand why people would put up a fight over this. It's not like they are going to be putting 20 trailers on a small lot. The house won't be an eyesore. These kids need help. They need a place to live because their other option is on the streets or behind bars. The community as a whole should be pitching in to help these kids out. Nobody wants to help troubled kids anymore. It's like "oh, they're troublesome.. they're a lost cause". No kid is a lost cause. We, as a community, should try our hardest to help them overcome their problems and become good adults. Their current neighbors have said that they've had no problem from these kids. So what's the real issue here?? Show some support to our troubled youth people. They NEED us. Has it really come to this? To people turning their backs on children? This is disgusting. Everybody fighting this should be ashamed of themselves. How would YOU feel if you were in their shoes? Or, if you were a parent behind bars and this is the only option for your kid until you get out? You should welcome these kids with open arms. Volunteer at the house. Get to know them. That way, when they turn their lives around you can smile and say "I helped do that". What greater reward?

How does the community help.....

..."troubled kids" who are LOCKED UP? The community has no interaction with them at least not until they escape, break into your home or steal your car to escape. (HINT: They are LOCKED UP because they are a dangerous threat to society.) This facility has no business being built in a residential area.

in that case

Well in that case.. Let's just go ahead and fry them. That way we won't have to waste our tax money on having them behind bars later on. Like the lady above mentioned, if even ONE kid is turned around by this then it's worth it. And like the neighbors said, they have had NO problems from this facility. Clearly the instructors have it on lock down and under control. Where do you propose this facility to be built?

The middle of Green Swamp?

If these kids MUST be locked up, then the place for them is jail, plain and simple. (Juvenile Hall, juvenile detention, or whatever else you'd like to call it.) You do not locate a bunch of CRIMINALS in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It's not a home - it's a mini-jail annex!

Everything about this stinks to high heaven

Why would the developer refuse to speak on camera? Worried about some old warrants? An ex who wants her back child support? Second, why would the town council approve this BEFORE they received input from the residents who would be most affected by this? Why kind of wheeling and dealing went on to get this one fast-tracked? The simple fact is that these "group homes" are a cottage industry. Get one licensed and approved and the feds and state will shower you with money. Of even greater concern to the neighbors is the record of escapes, assaults, and thefts associated with these homes. Use your head - if they're not dangerous, if they don't pose a risk, THEN WHY WOULD THEY HAVE TO BE LOCKED UP?

Sometimes children have to

Sometimes children have to be locked up because they put themselves in danger by running away and being prey to predators that use them sexually and for drug distribution. If you had a kid that runs away continually and sleeps in the streets and wants to be a 'gansta' and a 'hustler' just like in the videos, the only thing you can do as a parent is to have them locked up until they mature. At least, preserving their body for a little while longer while giving them a chance to mature and change.