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Joy-riding juveniles, the much-publicized summer scourge of Southeast, were the hot topic at a July 17 Naylor-Dupont community meeting at the Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church. Neighborhood officials had just agreed to petition Police Chief Charles Ramsey to reinstate the department’s Youth Services Division—which had officers acting as community liaisons for children until its 1997 demise—when a man walked into the room and made a similar suggestion. “Listen, we really, really need to get a liaison between kids around here and the police,” he said. “Someone just stole a man’s car outside.” Sure enough, a man and woman attending the meeting were missing their 1991 Lincoln Town Car. They had driven from Virginia to sign a voluntary agreement for their Alabama Avenue liquor store. “Probably everybody else in the room had gotten the word to use a club or alarm system,” says Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Kathy Chamberlain. “They didn’t.” —John Metcalfe