"Extra- Extra read all about this here because you will not see this in our local media. Automatic gunfire erupts Saturday 05/12/07 at V.F.W. Almost 30 rounds filled the night air as gunfire erupted at The V. early Saturday morning. Two people have said to be injured. The Assistant Chief left the "Entertainment District" in a reactive move to make Greenville safe. "
Another writer offers:
"I heard that the Hebrew Temple suffered a big loss to copper thieves. This brings to almost thirty downtown businesses that have been hit. Estimated combined loss of almost a quarter of a million dollars."
It appears that much "news" gets missed by our local media. Unfortunately, I have no way of substantiating whether all or any of the stories are true; however, both sound quite plausible.
Copper is a hot commodity right now. Thieves recently stripped the abandoned Hollandale Hospital of much of the copper and sold it for thousands. As for the automatic gunfire, that is a common sound which can be heard throughout the city on any given night.
Let's not forget the rash of arson fires which occur almost nightly. City officials attribute them to teenagers who are "bored" and have nothing better to do. (I don't recall ever being that bored as a teenager.)
Thursday's news tells us of 15 car break-ins in the Country Club Estates area. This suggests that our thieves do not restrict their activities to the older sections of town. It also suggests that our men in blue need to get out of the "entertainment district" and into the residential neighborhoods.
What say you, Mayor Hudson?