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'Melee' in Ravena park raises questions about safety from Coeymans officials

Nov 08, 2021 5:30 am

Melanie Lekocevic is reporting for Capital Region Independent Media an incident at Ravena's Mosher Park, described as a melee by Coeymans Police Chief Douglas Keyer, has put the spotlight on safety in that park. Keyer told the Coeymans Town Board at its Oct. 28 meeting that a fight at the park had erupted on October 14. “Several teenagers got engaged in a physical altercation, which led to Albany County Dispatch being called,” Keyer told the board. “Our car responded, sheriff’s department deputies responded.” The dispute took place during a Pop Warner football practice, Keyer said. “An adult male was struck. No charges were requested,” he said. “One young female unfortunately was the victim of physical contact. Again, no charges were wanted to be levied.” There was criticism from some in the community about the response time from patrols, Keyer said. The Coeymans PD and the sheriff’s department contacted those people to address their concerns, he said. Deputy Mayor Nancy Warner was disappointed that no one stepped in to defuse the situation the day of the fight. “... If you see something, say something or do something," Warner said. Town Supervisor George McHugh asked about safety at the park. “Is the sentiment that Mosher Park is a dangerous area?” McHugh asked. Keyer was careful to point out that the incident on October 14 was an anomaly. Keyer did urge city officials to improve lighting at the park. “We found that the issues are typically happening where there is no light, so I think that improving the lighting over there and keeping it on all night will improve things,” the chief said. Read the full story in The Ravena News-Herald.