Man chops ‘drug tree’ in war on crime in Augusta
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November 06, 2012 11:45 AM | 494 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A community activist, armed with a chain saw and spray paint, is trying to send a message to gangs and drug dealers in an Augusta neighborhood.

Woody Merry used the chain saw Monday to chop down a Bradford pear tree that he said was the meeting spot for drug deals in the neighborhood.

The Augusta Chronicle reports that Merry also spray-painted "GOT COPS" over graffiti. The slogan stands for "Get Out of Town; Citizens on Patrol Surveillance."

Lori Davis, a past president of the Harrisburg West End Neighborhood Association, said the tree needed to come down.

She said an elementary school opened in August across the street from the tree, and the surrounding area wasn’t cleaned up. Now, Merry and others say they’re trying to make the neighborhood safer.

___ Information from: The Augusta Chronicle.
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