By Ralph Iannotti

JEANNETTE (KDKA) — Jeannette Mayor Robert Carter told Wednesday night’s city council meeting that increased police patrols in certain neighborhoods will hopefully prevent more arson.

Ten such fires have plagued the city since early October.

“We’ve been asking neighbors and people in the community to be vigilant as far as looking around, suspicious people around some, if they have an abandoned structure near their home, if they see something uneasing them to call 9-1-1,” Carter said.

Jeannette resident Robin Mozley said she’s still a bit anxious about the arsons. She said one night while walking her dog near her home, she could smell smoke and she lives adjacent to some vacant property.

The owner of Mimi’s Kitchen, a restaurant in downtown Jeannette, says many of her local customers have expressed concern about the arsons.

“People are talking about it and they’re just concerned about it happening to a house where people are in it and someone getting hurt,” Marti Scalzitti, who has owned the eatery for the past five years, told KDKA TV.

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