By Akasha Spino-Bybee
For The Sentinel 

Residents enact their own 'gated community'



DO FENCE ME IN: The entrance to lands once abused by intruders now protected by a residents' initiative to gate the community.

He was being drained as the nights grew darker. After years of keeping his guard up and being overworked, he was done with it. So Goldendale resident William Potter set out to close off his once-peaceful neighborhood from the permeating crime.

"People kept stealing stuff and ruining the road, and when I told them to go away, they basically told me I didn't have any rights to kick them off the road," says Potter.

Having been robbed off and on for years, Potter was tired of nothing being done. "After about three times of warning them, I got tired of it and went to the sheriff's department," he recalls. "They said they couldn't do anything because it's a private road, and their hands were t...

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