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Johnstown community held fundraiser to raise money to fight crime

 By: Kerri Corrado

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- After a spike in crime throughout the Johnstown area, the community is rallying back. They held a 10K race and fun walk called " Fight against "Krime."

The 10K race was held at Roxbury Park, part of the 30th anniversary of National Night Out, to help raise money to put toward tackling crime.

"I know it has been an issue here lately and figure it is a great way to get everyone out and get money together to improve the community," Eric Presser said, who competed in the race.

The Johnstown Neighborhood Watch, Roxbury Civic group, and the West End improvement group are working together to put an end to the rash of crime in the area.

"Everyone that can pitch in, even if it is a small part. As one, we can do it," Don Maintosh, who lives in Johnstown, said.

The community groups also have another plan for the future.

"With the increase need of police and lack of funding, the community groups that were involved today decided to have this fundraiser t raise money for some type of surveillance cameras," Vice President of the West End Improvement Group Rose Howarth said.

Howarth says in this age, with so much technology, who not put it to use and help fight crime.

"I would like to see the money go towards the area and really clean it up a little. It was beautiful and I want to get it back to that state," Anthony Battaglia said, a runner in the 10K.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times