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City leaders promise to help Oakdale Neighborhood with crime

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Dozens of people who live in the area near Churchill Downs packed a room in the Salvation Army on Beecher Street to speak their minds about what's been happening around their homes. Dozens of people who live in the area near Churchill Downs packed a room in the Salvation Army on Beecher Street to speak their minds about what's been happening around their homes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - In the wake of a violent weekend and what's been described as months of rising crime, the Oakdale Neighborhood Association held an emergency meeting Monday night. 

Dozens of people who live in the area near Churchill Downs packed a room in the Salvation Army on Beecher Street to speak their minds about what's been happening around their homes. 

Police and other city officials were in attendance. 

"There's a lot of drug dealing going on in our neighborhoods," said Pastor Corey Nelson of Grace United Methodist Church on Denmark Street. 

"We heard three gunshots. There was a drive by shooting in the alley behind my home," Pauletta Feldman told the crowd. 

"Fifty feet from my front door, I saw a corpse Friday evening," Cowann Owens said. 

Police are still investigating the double homicide that happened on Evelyn Avenue early Saturday morning. 

Some residents say large groups of kids have been setting fires, fighting, using and selling drugs in the neighborhood for several months. 

"I'm a little frustrated. I'm a little frustrated," Radana Wood told police. 

Neighborhood association leaders say they don't know how to make things better and they're asking for help.  

LMPD Fourth Division Major Ryan Bates says he wants to have a strong police presence in the area with marked cars and more officers patrolling the area and alleys. 

City officials say funds have been approved to go to officer overtime in the neighborhood. 

"It was good to let people vent and also get feedback into their concerns into the neighborhood so that we can get out there and address them," Bates said about the meeting.  

The city's Chief of Community Building Yvette Gentry was also present.

She says the city will help the residents find a long term solution so people feel safe again, like programs in the community that will get kids off the streets. 

"Just know that you have our ear. We're gonna do better," Gentry said. 

She says city officials will set up another meeting with people concerned about the neighborhood in the next couple of weeks. 

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