Sam Shipman suggests changing name of road

Sam Shipman says he has a good name and is tired of seeing it in the newspaper.

The Shore Drive resident from Havelock brought copies of the Havelock News to the meeting of the Havelock Board of Commissioners Monday night to make a point.

Reading from the police blotter that the paper prints each week, Shipman ran off a litany of incident reports that included breaking and entering, injury to real property, communicating threats, disorderly conduct and obtaining property by false pretenses, all of which occurred on Shipman Road.

“I have had the name Shipman since 1951. I am not sure, but I hope that predates the naming of Shipman Road in Havelock,” he said.

The blotter lists incidents of crimes reported in the city in the past week, and Shipman said he sees Shipman Road showing up far too often.

“This appears, when we read the paper, to be the most crime-ridden street in Havelock,” he said. “It’s depressing to see Shipman Road with so much crime associated with it.

“We can do one of two things: We can probably do whatever we can to increase police patrols, community involvement, foot patrols, something to reduce the crimes on Shipman Road. Or we can change the name. I have talked with Katrina (Marshall, planning director). It is possible to change the name. I know we’re not going to do that. It would be nice if we could take a look at possibly trying to do something to work on the crime in that particular area.

“We don’t live on that road, but I have never seen, since we have been getting the newspaper, that there hasn’t been something going on on Shipman Road every week, and usually it’s multiples and I don’t see multiples hardly ever on any other section of Havelock,” Shipman continued. “That is an area that I think we need to take a look at with our police, law enforcement, or do something additional to try and work out some solutions to that area. I think the law-abiding citizens in that area would be grateful for that as well as anybody with the last name Shipman.”

Addressing Shipman’s concerns about Shipman Road, Mayor Will Lewis invited him to a meeting at city hall to go through some of the details of the issues there.

“I have office hours and we can set up a time if you want to go into real detail, but our police chief did set up a program where we did a lot more walking in the Shipman area with our officers,” said Lewis. “They do a lot more community involvement. They are doing a lot more things creating allies over there. That’s what they have been doing for the last couple of years. I think the chief will tell you that they have seen some real improvement. It is a valid concern and we are very aware of it, yes sir.”