A half hour before the 6:30 p.m. meeting at the Nazzaro Center took place, two people sat on a park bench under the influence of hard drugs were dealt with by members of the community. (See photos attached.)
When concerned members of the community called the police and confronted the pair, one of the users got up from the park bench and passed out in the foyer of the Nazzaro Center, as photographed by NorthEndWaterfront.com's Matt Conti.
The police were called and the man was taken away by ambulance, while the female was able to stand on her own two feet and walked away from the scene. Sergeant Thomas Lema said that the pair would be subject to charges.
The meeting between the police and community memebers was delayed as police handled the situation.
In the meeting, Lema told concerned community members that crime in the North End had gone down across the board in comparison to this time last year. Homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and aggravated assaults remained at zero from this year and last year, while reports of larceny and larncey from motor vehicles both went down from last year. Break-in and enteries remained at three reports from both this month and this time last year.
Sergeant Lema said that three arrests this month were assault and battery, simple assault and warrent related offenses. Loud parties continue to be the number one concern amongst residents.
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