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METH-BUSTERS Strike Again in StaytonKen Cartwright Salem-News.com
Group gains victories by taking their complaints about meth supplies right to the source.
(STAYTON, Ore.) - Meth-busters is a group of concerned citizens in Stayton that monitor the activities of known meth users, while keeping an eye on the activities of places and business that cater to users that need supplies.
Cari Fiske Sessums, part owner of the Covered Bridge Cafe in Stayton, has been the group spokesperson for this group and her restaurant has been the meeting place of METH-BUSTERS for the past year and a half.
Making the Rounds
Two convenience stores owned by Johal Sarbjit in Stayton, have been selling bongs, Hookahs, screens for pipes as well as pipes, scales and plastic bags which have been known to store, sell and distribute meth.
This is the second time METH-BUSTERS, a group of concerned citizens has confronted one of the stores.
After the first visit, Johal Sarbjit pulled some of the products but not all of them. The Stayton Market, his other store, had lots of product in a glass class, right next to the cash register at eye level as you come in the front door.
This is a store that has recently opened and the first time Meth-busters has confronted the owner and manager about these items.
The new facility is right across the street from Stayton Elementary School and 3 blocks from Stayton High School, and Meth-Busters believes that type of merchandise not only promotes illegal usage but is the wrong message to send to school children coming in to buy candy, soft drinks or food.
At One Stop on First and Ida Street, Cari Fiske Sessums asked the clerk to call the owner who was not in the store at the time, advising that he would like to speak with him.
The clerk got Mr. Sarbjit on the phone and explained that she & two other concerned citizens and a videographer from KENC Community Radio and director of Stayton Cable Access, Ken Cartwright, were there. She asked if he would he be willing to pull the merchandise from his store and not sell them anymore. She said the group was there to explain how it impacts the community.
His reply was "yes" immediately, and he then asked to speak with his clerk. The clerk spoke with him and hung up and asked Cari what items she would like pulled from the store.
Cari indicated which items, and the clerk immediately began removing them from display. She said she would take them to the back of the store and that the owner would not sell them anymore. She was thanked and the group left.
At the second store, The Stayton Market, the manager of the store was confronted by this same group and was asked what the items were for?
His reply seemed rather naive and Cari asked him the same question and pointed out the window to the Elementary School across the street. She said, "It does not show a very good example of what being a citizen of Stayton is by displaying and selling these items so close to our public schools". Cari mentioned that the high school is only three blocks away too.
Again in this case, two other citizens and a videographer were there to witness and document his response. He said that he would immediately remove the products and would not carry them anymore. The group thanked him and they left the store.
This reporter went back to the Stayton Market later to see if the products had been removed from the shelf, and they had.
Currently a group of 11 concerned citizens involved in METH-BUSTERS meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Covered Bridge Cafe 545 N. 3rd Ave. Stayton.
A video is being made of this group and the recent confrontation.
When Salem-News.com stories show an east Marion County dateline, they often carry the name Ken Cartwright. Ken contributes stories so the informational needs of Salem-News.com visitors in Stayton and Sublimity are met. Born and raised in upstate Pennsylvania, 90 miles south of Buffalo New York, Ken has always had music and radio in his life. Ken is a former US Navy radioman who was discharged in 1965. He has been the owner/luthier of Cartwright's Music and Repair Shop since 1991.
He was the owner and primary luthier of Natural Sound, the predecessor to Cartwright's Music that existed since 1975. Ken moved to the Salem area in 1979 from Coos Bay Oregon. On September 4th 2007, he put Low Power AM 1620 KENC, community radio on the air in Stayton because this community had no voice. They operate under the 501-C3 of the Stayton Community Food Bank and donate 20% of all our proceeds to them. KENC operates 24-7 and is powered by a I-MAC and a automation system. You can email Ken at email@example.com, and phone messages can be left at 503-769-KENC. Visit kencradio.com to learn more.
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