Po­lice break up home­less camp along James F. Hall Trail

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By BROOKE SCHULTZ bschultz@ches­pub.com

The Ne­wark Po­lice De­part­ment evicted two peo­ple who had set up a home­less camp near the James F. Hall Trail.

Po­lice were no­ti­fied of the tent set up on city park land, near Man­ual Street, by the Ne­wark Parks and Recre­ation De­part­ment, said Sgt. Ger­ald Bryda, a spokesman for the NPD. The tent was lo­cated in a grove of trees, just feet away from the pop­u­lar walk­ing/bik­ing path, which is one of the most-used trails in the state.

“The evic­tion no­tices were posted, but there was no­body there,” Bryda said.

The evic­tion gave the in­di­vid­u­als 10 days to clear from the area.

Bryda said that it ap­peared two peo­ple, a man and woman, were liv­ing there.

On July 10, of­fi­cers re­turned to the lo­ca­tion to ad­vise the in­di­vid­u­als in per­son. Upon ar­rival, they lo­cated a 26-yearold woman from Ne­wark who had out­stand­ing court capias.

“She was taken into cus­tody and trans­ported to the New Cas­tle County court­house,” he said.

After that, Bryda said, po­lice mon­i­tored the lo­ca­tion. On the 11th day fol­low­ing the evic­tion no­tice, of­fi­cers re­turned to the lo­ca­tion and found that ev­ery­thing had been re­moved.

Bryda said that this was a stan­dard re­sponse to deal­ing with home­less in­di­vid­u­als who camp on city land.

“Typ­i­cally, they make con­tact with the peo­ple, give them the no­tice. If not, they post the no­tice. After that, if [the in­di­vid­u­als] don’t com­ply, re­moval process could be­gin, or court pro­ceed­ings could be­gin,” he ex­plained.

He also noted that any time of­fi­cers en­coun­ters a home­less per­son on pa­trol, they share in­for­ma­tion of so­cial ser­vices, shel­ter and food ser­vices.

“We re­fer them to any of the places that are around here that as­sist in those en­deav­ors,” he said.

NE­WARK POST PHOTO BY JOSH SHAN­NON

Po­lice broke up a home­less camp that was lo­cated in this grove of trees along the James F. Hall Trail near Man­ual Street.

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