Perry Dist. crime decreasing despite 24 calls to HiCO in 2013

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 13 at 7:07 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- KREM 2 News learned things may be improving at a lower South Hill gas station some neighbors claimed was a hot spot for drug activity.

Police confirmed the area around the HiCO gas station at 9th and Perry had been a troublesome one.  After police emphasis patrols, and with the help of neighborhood businesses, Authorities said the Perry District had seen a drop in crime.

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“We've been here about a year now and ever since we've been here, things keep changing for the better,” said Eli McConnell Perkins, who runs Two Wheel Transit.  “More and more businesses [are] coming in.”

Area business owners said the future of the neighborhood took one big step forward when police raided Lonnie’s Auto for drugs back in May.

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Neighbors said that helped, but claimed they were still seeing suspicious activity across the street near the HiCO gas station.   

“I think that people hang around here to do a little drug dealing and that kind of thing,” said neighbor Hillary Doyle.

Spokane police said they keep a close eye on the HiCO.  Officers responded to the gas station 24 times since the start of the 2013.

Staff at Hico told KREM 2 News they want to help improve the Perry District, and had started strictly enforcing their no loitering policy.  Ownership had also poured hundreds of dollars into security around the station.

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