Carlisle residents petition town board for full-time law enforcement

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CARLISLE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Carlisle community members are calling for action after a teenager was shot and killed in the town just weeks ago.

Fifteen-year-old Mezmariah Wilson of Shelburn was shot and killed during a gathering of two groups near the corner of Lewis and Ledgerwood Streets. State police responded to the shooting and believe an altercation was scheduled, but are unsure of a motive.

Two men have been charged in the shooting. Their trial dates are set for September 28th and October 12th.

At Tuesday’s Town Hall, community members say there needs to be a law enforcement presence in the community.

“That stuff doesn’t happen around here and now it has and people think it’s over. Personally, I think that they should not be so naive and keep their eyes out because you just never know,” Carlisle community member, Sandy Zimmerman said.

A petition was started, requesting that the town board provide a town marshal who lives within town limits, provide added law enforcement during evenings and weekends and provide someone who will respond to all calls and emergencies in the town.

We did hear from the current town marshal at the meeting who says he is paid to work 20 hours a week.
Several community members voiced their concerns, many stemmed from the shooting, but others just want to ensure the community stays in tact.

“If it’s 20 hours, you do what you got to do here, go home, come back for two hours one night, come back for an hour another night. it’s not hard, it’s been done for years,” Zimmerman said. “Ideally, one person could do it if they would just come around in the evenings, I mean, they just need some presence in the evenings and the morning time, that’s when this stuff is happening.”

Zimmerman who helped get signatures on the petition, says close to 80 people signed.

“We got several, several signatures, everybody same stories, same comments, same feelings and they all showed up tonight. We all did a good job of voicing our opinions and making it known that we need change,” Carlisle community member, Sandy Zimmerman said.

A couple of public comments from the town board president Tuesday, were that the money isn’t there for a full-time town marshall and that the community should form a neighborhood watch.

The next town hall meeting will be next month.

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