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Sheriff's substation moving to new quarters

WARRENSBURG -- Patrol cars will be taking a new route through town soon, as the Warren County Sheriffs Dept. substation is moving to new quarters. The substation will be moving from its current site in the rear of the Warrensburg Senior Citizens Center to quarters in the county Dept. of Public Works garage complex where it was years ago. Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty said the move was to give the substation room to expand, plus alleviate potential concerns about booking suspects in the same senior citizens are involved in activities. The present substation is not conducive to booking suspects, considering there could be senior citizens next door, Geraghty said. Town Councilman John Alexander said it was also a matter of congestion in the parking lot at the rear of the building. The existing substation was instituted a year ago in July, about a year and a half after the Warrensburg Town Board scrapped their short-lived police department due to personnel and budget concerns. An ensuing increase in vandalism and unruly nighttime gatherings made headlines locally, which spurred a group of residents to form a citizens posse, or nighttime patrol, Alexander recalled Thursday. He and several other citizens routinely spent hours cruising the streets, particularly on the weekends, warding off groups of teenagers and twentysomethings who took their parking-lot partying too far. Negotiations with the former county sheriff, Larry Cleveland, brought the substation back to town. The difference, Alexander said, was dramatic. The frequency of vandalism and other crimes went way down, he said. The police presence in town has been a very good thing.

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