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Durham County Sheriff's Deputies Hit Streets To Clean Up Neighborhood

Posted September 28, 2000

— Durham sheriff's deputies swept through one street in the city famous for shootings, drug deals and numerous complaints in an effort to clean up crime.

Operation Fresh Start shined a light Friday night on troublemakers and suspected law breakers. Some of the city's crime stats can be traced to a neighborhood on Alston Avenue.

"This is the area that we get the most complaints from," says Sgt. Adam Clayton of the Durham County Sheriff's Office. "We're had a number of shootings in this area also. We were out here three weeks ago, and we had a lot of success. We had 271 charges over a two-night span.

For Cathy Valdes and her neighbors, the stepped-up patrols mean a relief from countless, unsettling nights. She says she has had to move three times in the last two months because of the crime in the neighborhood.

"They told me things were going to get better, and I can see the difference myself," she says.

The Durham Police Department plans to have their own patrol at the Alston Avenue neighborhood Saturday night.

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