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Small town charm, yet surge in crime in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA, Wash;-- Another busy weekend for Walla Walla police after Saturday's drug bust near Garrison Middle School, and today, we wanted to find out what people living in Walla Walla are saying about the recent surge in crime.  

"I've noticed a lot more gang activity in the last 10 years," Walla Walla resident Carissa Vixie said. "It's increased at least from what I knew as a teenager. It seems like it's gotten a lot worse." 

The most recent crime, a drug bust for cocaine and marijuana earlier this weekend. Police say drug detectives raided a home across the street from Garrison Middle School for the third time, and neighbors say they're getting used to the flashing police lights.  

Police tell us crime is everywhere in the city, but officers and neighbors say it's tough to pin point the exact cause. 

"It seems in the community, there's a lot of gang like activity and people are pretty concerned about it," local resident Chuck Hundley said.  

However, most say even with the crime, there is still no place like Walla Walla. 

"I've gone over to the bigger cities and gone, thank God I live here, it's wonderful," Beverly Wiley said.