"Manchester residents, sheriff's office meet"

"Deputy Pete Ball, community resources officer for the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, and Manchester residents met Sept. 27 to discuss criminal activity in the Port of Manchester area.Bob Park, Port of Manchester commissioner and member of the Manchester Friends of the Library, limited his description of the meeting, saying Ball got an earful.Park and other Manchester residents are gathering signatures requesting more deputy presence and better response in Manchester from the sheriff's office. Ball said he thought the meeting went well.Manchester residents expressed concern about teens hanging out in the port area and in front of businesses, allegedly stealing or vandalizing property, making noise and using illegal substances.The citizens have very real complaints that need to be addressed, Ball said.While the sheriff's office will immediately address illegal activity, he added the underlying reason for some teens' criminal behavior might be boredom.Long-range, all of South Kitsap needs to come up with things for teens to do. I think boredom is one of the things they're dealing with. Or, parents aren't in touch with their kids for a variety of reasons, he said. "

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