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Zebulon Leaders Concerned About Gang Activity

Posted June 17, 2005

— Concerns about gang activity in eastern Wake County has another town wondering about its options.

Some say it is the town of Zebulon's location that's given the green light to gangs.

"We're located right on (Highway) 64 so what happens with us, it seems like we get a lot of criminal activity and our criminal element altogether comes from Rocky Mount or they may be from Raleigh," said Zebulon Police Chief Tim Hayworth.

Hayworth said in the past year and a half, eastern Wake County has seen more and more signs of gangs on the walls and in the crime rate. It caused the nearby town of Knightdale to impose a curfew of 9 p.m. starting earlier in June.

"I'm sure Knightdale did not want to have to impose this on its citizens," Hayworth said. "I don't think, at this point, I'll recommend to our board that we do a curfew."

Hayworth said, for now, police are stepping up patrols and cracking down on drug deals and vandalism. They hope that will contain the problem and they will not have to resort to a curfew.


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