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Holtville resident calls meeting to air recent rash of illegal activities

March 19, 2001|By DORA DEPAOLI, Staff Writer

HOLTVILLE — Bob Van Winkle of Holtville is concerned about what is "happening around town" and has invited the public to a meeting at City Hall from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Van Winkle said he hopes to make people aware of illegal activities in town. One of his goals is to encourage residents to reinstate a citywide Neighborhood Watch program.

"There has been a rash of daytime robberies around town," Van Winkle said. "Basically it comes of drug and alcohol usage among our young people. We have to watch out for our neighbors."

He and his wife, Sally, a special education teacher, have four children. A former teacher himself, Van Winkle now has a home-based business. He has worked in group homes for high-risk youths that served as treatment centers for drug, alcohol and gang-affiliated individuals in Imperial and San Diego counties.

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Van Winkle has spoken to the Holtville Police Department and county organizations in hopes of having those organizations participate in the meetings. His goal is to have at least two meetings a month to discuss local needs.

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