The City of Hamburg will close the Pine Street Park at 8 p.m. and have a police car on site in the evenings following a fatal stabbing there Sunday, July 21.
Erskine Flamner Jr., 24, of Eudora, is currently in the custody of Ashley County Detention Center for allegedly stabbing 25-year-old Deunte Stanley in the park.
Janice Williams, who lives near the park said she was at a neighbor’s house enjoying a fish fry when she heard someone scream, “Fight.”
“But you know, you hear fight all the time, but after that they said someone was down so I walked over there,” Williams said.
Williams said she walked over to see if she could help in anyway, but once she got there Stanley was already on the ground gasping for air as a young lady applied pressure.
“I just walked around praying, praying that this young man’s life wouldn’t be taken,” she said.
Hamburg Police Chief Johnny Oliver the police responded to the call that someone had been stabbed at approximately 8:49 p.m. Oliver said that Stanley was transported to Ashley County Medical Center where he later died from a single stab wound. Oliver said Flamer was in custody and that Judge Reid Harrod had set his bond at $250,000.
A group of concerned community members attended last Monday night’s city council meeting to ask Mayor Dane Weindorf for more security in the area.
Williams told the mayor that not only was this the third murder in Hamburg in seven months, she still has a bullet hole in her wall from where a murder happened a few years ago.
“To have three murders in my little circle where I live in seven months is something for a town of 2,000,” Williams said.
Residents in the audience told the mayor that more security is needed and that the police need to be more involved.
“They are not going to ride by anymore, they are going to be sitting there parked from 6 (p.m.) to 8 (a.m.) every day,” Weindorf said.
Janice Rucker said the citizens need to be involved and do something and there needs to be a more communication between the police and the citizens. “We don’t need to be worried about being called a snitch, we need to report what we see when we see it,” Rucker said.
She said the police need to make an effort to meet more citizens and know who they are so that they know when they are called who they are dealing with.
“I commend them because Hamburg is one of the places where we don’t have to worry about them when they come, shooting our children. They do know how to de-escalate a problem and they come with good attitudes,” Rucker said.
Other members in the audience said that they felt like the murders were happening in part because students and young adults don’t have anything to do with their time except get in trouble and that Hamburg needed to offer more for its youth.
Weindorf and the council listened to the concerns of the residents and Weindorf said that he agreed with their concerns and that Hamburg needed to take back the city park.
A community meeting to discuss the violence in Hamburg was set for 6 p.m. last Wednesday at Mount Zion Church. The mayor thought it was a great idea.
“And I’ll be the first one down there to meet with them,” Weindorf said.
The mayor also reminded residents that there is a standing public meeting on Tuesday nights in the town square. The meeting was started after the Georgia Pacific announcement in Crossett was made.
“We’ve been meeting for prayer ever since the GP crisis as I call it,” Weindorf said. He invited residents to come weekly to pray for not only GP, but for the violence situation as well.
“There is one way you can get through all of this and that’s prayer,” Weindorf said.
The mayor encouraged residents to contact him and to contact the chief of police to let them know when things are going on that they feel officials should know about.
“If I don’t know what’s going on, if the chief doesn’t know what’s going on, we can’t do anything about it,” Weindorf said.