One resident and downtown business owner addressed the Crossville City Council last night regarding the increasing crime rate. Angela Witzel moved to Crossville from Washington, D.C. three years ago. She served in law enforcement for 21 years prior to coming to Crossville. Since her move here and mainly in the past year, she has fell victim to several burglaries and thefts (at least seven in the past 12 months). Those include the burglary of her father’s home she watches over, the theft of an enclosed trailer at her home and a flat bed trailer at her business, other smaller items at her business and her husband’s vehicle broken into. Remember the flat bed trailer that was stolen from her mentioned above in the story? She replaced it only to have that one stolen.
Witzel told the city council last night she wanted to bring the problem of the growing crime rate to their attention and closed her statements. “I could have moved anywhere but I chose Crossville. Now I am starting to have second thoughts on it,” said Witzel. She was able to speak to the council during its public comments at the start of the meeting. The Crossville City Council is supplied a monthly police report of the number of incidents and arrests in the city.
While 105.7 News was interviewing Witzel after the meeting concluded, Mayor James Mayberry came up to her and thanked her for her comments. “I agree we have a problem and we have to get control of this as soon as possible,” said Mayberry.
The city just last week had a man found downtown in the road that had to be revived with Naloxone. Another incident involved man chasing a man and woman in Art Circle Public Library with a knife. That suspect was later arrested.
Potential problems contributing to the growing crime rate in the city is prescription and illegal drug use that spawns other crimes including thefts, burglaries and shoplifting. The other problem mentioned was homeless people hanging around the downtown area during the morning and afternoon hours.
Crossville Interim Police Chief Chris Kendrick met with Witzel for nearly three hours yesterday to hear her issues. Witzel plans to meet with Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox soon.