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Auburn trailer park enacts 3 p.m. curfew for youths under 18

AUBURN (AP) — An Auburn trailer park has created a 3 p.m. curfew for children under 18 after complaints that groups of youths were blocking traffic and bothering residents when they got off the school bus.

Webster's Crossing Trailer Park posted a warning last week stating that children under 18 found without their parents or guardian after 3 p.m. will be escorted home along with a $50 citation.

Cathy Yaz, SDD Enterprises office manager in the corporate office that owns and manages the property, said several children have been blocking motorists in the afternoon when they get off the school bus.

The bus stop is in front of Justin Galloway's home. He said he supports the curfew.

"The kids refuse to get out of the way of cars when they're coming through," he said Thursday. "You can ask them to move and they'll just eventually mosey out of the way."

Galloway said he has also had trouble with children hanging out in his yard and in some cases fighting.

But Tasha Smith, who is against the curfew, said she has two teenage daughters who are not causing any problems and who don't arrive at the trailer park until 3:10 p.m.

"So, if I'm not standing there when they get home, I'm automatically in fault and there's a violation right there," Smith said. "If they're having problems with certain kids, you need to figure out who they are. Don't penalize everyone. It's not fair."

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