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Wake Forest Considers Curfew

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WAKE FOREST — Charlotte has one, and so doesBenson. Now, officials in Wake Forest are considering a curfew forteen-agers.

Town commissioners met Tuesday night to discuss the issue. Their original plan was to give policeofficers the right to return young people between the ages of 13and 16 to their homes if they were found on local streets without aparent or authorized adult.Wake Forest Juvenile Officer Jeff Leonard says police need the law tohelp them get children off the streets late at night.

A few commissioners suggested that the proposed curfew's agelimit be raised to 17 or 18. They'll talk about it again at theirnext meeting on December second.

Wake Forest Mayor Dick Monteith says the curfew law is much needed andlong overdue.

Local residents voiced their opinion as well during themeeting. Michael Kelly says he thinks the curfew is an unnecessaryordinance because state laws already cover the problem. Police chief GregHarrington says he approves of the idea because, in his words, itgives his officers a tool to utilize.

Those who did not have the opportunity to speak at the town meeting hadopinions nonetheless. Sidney Rogers, 12, told WRAL TV5'sRobert Carver he had mixed emotions.

Rogers friend Dewayne Pearce, 13, says a curfew will cut into hissocial life.

Town commissioners decided to delay a vote on the curfew indefinitely.

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