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US Marshals Give Ludlow Police a Boost, Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

The U.S. Marshal Service is undertaking a violence-reduction program that has already affected Ludlow.

Ludlow Police Liuetenant Bart Beck explained that the U.S. Marshals can serve any felony warrant, not just federal warrants and that they are currently making a push to find older violent felony warrants and have given the Ludlow Police Department some additional funding to help with the program. There is a task force in the area for to locate these suspects.

Lt. Beck said a man was arrested on Thursday on 34 counts of child pornography. Anthony Dise, was indicted on distribution of matter portraying sexual performances by a minor and his bond is set at $25,000. Beck, acting as part of the task force, said Dise turned himself in after Beck issued a warrant to Dise's mother's house.

Anthony Dise

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City Council is looking into establishing a vacant residential property registration ordinance that will require property owners to register once their property becomes vacant or face up to a $500. The city has compared their plan to a similar ordinance in Newport.

Ludlow Code Enforcement Officer Tom Garner said that there are 60 illegal landlords in the city that have not paid their rental-license fees which means they are operating out of compliance by renting property to Ludlow residents. City Council discussed exploring any means necessary to forcing landlords to comply with Ludlow's city ordinances pertaining to paying rental license fees including up to criminal prosecution.

The question was also raised if the city has the right to inspect properties that have been rented illegally, but Garner said they do as long as they are invited into the premises. He said that the Property Maintenance Code states that the interior of a property can have a forced inspection if the exterior shows signs of neglect and damage.

The Ludlow Fire Department was invited to Ludlow Elementary School for to learn about how to care for autistic children in an emergency. Chief Rob Dreyer said that the class included dinner with autistic kids and said the event was worthwhile.

“It was learning experience on both sides,” he said. “Just a little more community service other than what we normally do to help us better deal with any emergencies that might arise.”

The Riverfront Commons groundbreaking in Ludlow has been pushed back due to an archeological study that first needs to take place in the area before development of the Ludlow phase of the trail can begin. No specific date of when the groundbreaking will commence was mentioned.

The Ludlow Police Department has been issuing citations for vehicles that do not display the city sticker designated for Ludlow residents. Lt. Beck said that the Police Department works on the parking enforcement third shift because it's more likely that the cars that are parked there that time of night belong to residents and not guests of the city.

City Councilwoman Michelle Cartwright was not at the meeting on Thursday as she is home with her newborn son, William.

Written by Bryan Burke, associate editor