Harrisburg police made an arrest Monday morning in connection with the city's latest homicide. The fatal shooting wrapped up a violent week in Harrisburg.
It has been said you can learn a lot about a pair of shoes; where they've been, where they're going. Experienced Harrisburg cobbler Lee Card has knowledge to share.
Amidst the smell of leather and shoe polish, Card explained working with shoes is a microcosm of Harrisburg's recent violence.
"Ya know, the big things will work themselves out if we focus on the little things," Card said.
Details in shoe repair mean everything, according to Card, even down to the last stitch. Harrisburg's crime wave the past week seems overwhelming, a problem without a solution.
Police arrested 18-year-old Corey Reid early Monday for the murder of 30-year-old Matthew Dyson over the weekend.
Police said the Steelton man got into a "simple" argument with Dyson inside an after-hours club on South Cameron Street. Investigators said Reid followed Dyson outside and shot him in the chest.
First responders found Dyson with the gunshot wound in the parking lot. Police said he was alive and talking, but later died at a hospital.
Dyson's murder led to Harrisburg's third homicide of 2013, all three were within seven days. Last Sunday, city police investigated their first homicide after 21-year-old Davion Walker was shot and killed. Police arrested 20-year-old Maurice Belton for his death, although Belton claimed it was an accident.
Harrisburg's second homicide came last Wednesday. Police said 50-year-old Jose Vazquez was beaten to death with a mini sledge hammer inside his Vernon Street home. With stab wounds in the back, 55-year-old Jonathan Cornish was charged for Vazquez's death over the weekend following medical treatment.
Police are unsure why Vazquez died at this time. Cornish got into a fight with Vazquez's brother Wednesday afternoon. Police said both men were fighting with hammers at the time.
Later that night, police also investigated a violent kidnapping on HACC's Wildwood campus. Authorities said 33-year-old Julian Amway kidnapped his girlfriend from her English class and took police on a chase. Police tracked Amway's cell phone and found him and his beaten girlfriend under the I-83 overpass near Shipoke.
If those violent crimes weren't enough, police reported several armed robberies last week. Police said an 11-year-old boy was robbed of an ACCESS card outside a corner store.
Card said in the size of Harrisburg, sometimes crimes become routine.
"I hate to say it, but sometimes you expect some violence," he said. "And, until the mindset is changed. It's gonna stay that way."
Like working on a pair of weathered wingtips, Card maintains the best way to repair Harrisburg is to start with the soul.
"If the heel is run down, get em' repaired when you need to," he said. "Just in life, when you're feeling a little run down, you need to get fixed up."
Patience, polish, and paying attention to others help rehab old shoes, according to Card. He said the same model could help repair a broken city.
"You take care of things and they start looking a lot better," he said.
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