Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Crime fighter gets west-side parade ride

The Cincinnati Enquirer

PRICE HILL - After taking a lot of heat from west-side neighborhoods afraid of increasing crime, the area's top cop gets to ride through the streets Thursday as grand marshal of the Price Hill Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Capt. Drew Raabe, District 3 commander, was chosen because the parade committee felt he has "tried to make a difference and has made some positive impact on the area," said Guy Vollrath, chairman of the annual parade.

The district, which also includes North and South Fairmount and Westwood, recorded a 6.8 percent decrease in serious crime January through August this year compared with the same period last year. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Western Hills High School. After, there will be free pictures with Santa and a petting zoo at St. Lawrence Hall on Warsaw Avenue.

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