Police squash nuisance problems at Sheffield overlook

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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WHNT) - For weeks, the Sheffield Police Department has been battling complaints at one of the city’s parks.

It’s one of the most picturesque views in the city. At the north end of Montgomery Avenue sits the Sheffield stand-pipe, a historic water tower with an overlook of the Tennessee River.

“Now this is a scenic overlook, but what are you going to see at three in the morning?” questioned Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray. “It’s dark, obviously -- you’re not going to be able to see anything.”

Nearby residents met with the city council six weeks ago, complaining about people loitering at the overlook during the overnight hours.

“There had been a lot of noise, a lot of littering, maybe some vandalism,” Ray explained.

Just being a nuisance to the residents in the area, so the police department stepped up patrols.

“We had it reported to us that the situation had gotten better,” said Chief Ray. “So, we haven’t stopped, we have kept at it. We don’t want it to get back to where it was, so maybe this will help.”

Early Wednesday morning around 3 A.M., officers spotted a car there with two people passed out inside. Drug paraphernalia and open containers of alcohol were found in the car. Both people were arrested.

Chief Ray hopes the arrests will send a message to others, keeping them from hanging out in the dark.

Ray said his officers will continue to patrol the area, making sure anyone at the overlook during the night is respectful of the neighborhood.