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Oakdale Neighborhood Association asks for help to deal with crime

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - In the wake of a weekend double homicide, the Oakdale Neighborhood Association is holding an emergency meeting Monday night to talk about safety. 

The neighborhood, near Churchill Downs, includes Wyandotte Park off Taylor Boulevard.

Some residents say crime has been on the rise for several months. 

"I don't feel safe in my own home," said Charlotte Jones, a member of the neighborhood association. 

Another member, Pauletta Feldman, explained what she's seen change on the streets. 

"Gangs of youth have been congregating, sometimes 20 and 30 kids at a time and ranging in age from what appears to be 7 or 8 years old up to possibly early 20's," Feldman said. "They've set fires in the alley, they shoot craps, they fight, they vandalized property ... they have openly used and dealt drugs." 

This weekend there was a double homicide in the area. 

Police say J. Juan Kimbley, 22, and Demond Ramsey, 23, were shot on Evelyn Avenue. 

"I don't think anybody in this room is shocked at any of this ... that's how bad it's gotten," Jones said. "We're not shocked anymore." 

Members of the neighborhood association went door-to-door with fliers Sunday to get the word out about an emergency meeting. 

It says people should come to express concerns about safety and growing crime. 

"If we decide to leave, where are we going to go?" Jones said. "We don't have enough money out of our house to get another decent place. So we're stuck."

Some neighborhood leaders say they think police officers are doing everything they can, so different kinds of support from the city may be necessary. An example would be more resources for kids in the area. 

Feldman points out that these crimes aren't just happening near her home, but also close to Louisville landmarks like Churchill Downs and Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. 

"If it's not safe for us to live here, it's not safe for people to come and visit those attractions," she said. 

"People like us just can't confront this kind of stuff on our own, so [Mayor Greg Fischer], we need your help," Jones said.  

A spokesperson for Mayor Fischer says his office will have LMPD connect with neighborhood leaders and also make sure the city's chief of community building is aware of their concerns. 

The emergency neighborhood meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the at 1010 Beecher Street (Salvation Army). 

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