Neighbors In The Stonehenge Area Feel Safe Again

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- "We actually were able to step out right over here, and we could look through the buildings and see cop cars just lined up throughout the whole thing right there," said Aaron Morris, who lives in the Greenhaven Apartments.

It started on August 26 when 51-year-old Harold Dean Johnson was shot to death at Domino's Pizza on Stonehenge Avenue. Then a week later 20-year-old Larry Thomas, a WKU student, was shot in his apartment.

"They're completely unrelated. They didn't have anything to do with each other at all. It's just very unfortunate that it happened in the same part of town," said Officer Ronnie Ward, from the Bowling Green Police Department.

The people living in the area were left in fear of what might happen next.

"We were terrified. Locking the doors, checking outside all the time," Morris said.

Now three suspects are behind bars, and like most who live in the area, Morris is breathing a sigh of relief.

He has lived there for nine months and says it's not a bad part of town.

"That stuff happens all the time. You can't control where it happens. It's just a coincidence that it happened so close to each other right here," he said.

Officer Ward said they've made some changes to help the residents feel secure.

"We've stepped up patrols in that neighborhood, and so the residents should be seeing a lot more police cars or a lot more police activity. It doesn't mean that crime's gone up. The reason we're over there is just to deter crime."

He said the heavier patrol hasn't taken any away from other areas.

Officer Ward also said it's usually the heavily populated areas that have a greater chance for crime.

He said no one area of Bowling Green is more dangerous than any other, and the people who live near the Stonehenge area don't need to worry any more than anyone else.


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