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Flood Of Sex Offender Notices Surprises NE Austin Neighborhood
Updated: Monday, March 10 2014, 06:29 PM CDT
"I was having nightmares of kids being hurt," said Tammy Moulder. The local mom talked about her fears after learning that more sex offenders were moving into her Northeast Austin neighborhood.
A neighbor complained she got a dozen postcards in the mail last week warning of a flood of sex offenders moving into a nearby halfway house.
When we checked the address on Wheless Cove we learned there are 29 sex offenders in the apartments.
The owner wouldn't talk on camera, but did say on the phone that he's been in business for 30 years and gets these complaints whenever the notices are mailed. But he maintains his tenants stay out of trouble. We checked our own Spot Crime Map on keyetv.com and it backs him up.
We found a few recent thefts around the area but no problems around his apartments. And these half-way houses do have their defenders.
Mickie Powers is a board member of the non-profit Integrated Enterprises. She says, "Those folks are coming to Austin anyway, so why not have them in a more or less supervised situation where they can get a leg up instead of going on the street and maybe victimizing somebody?"
But Moulder suggests, just to be on the safe side always arm yourself with information and keep an eye on your kids. She warns, "I see kids walking home by themselves all the time and I just can't bear the thought. Where are the parents? Why aren't they walking home with them?" Good question.
To see the local Spot Crime Maps for your neighborhood and a link to the Texas Sexual Offender Database, check out the Fighting Back section of keyetv.com.
By Fred Cantu