Ashland considering downtown exclusion zone

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Ashland City Council is considering a three-strikes-and-you're-out downtown exclusion zone.

If approved at the June meeting, people who commit three or more offenses in a six-month period could be banned from downtown for three months, and could be arrested for trespassing if they return.

The Ashland Daily Tidings reports (http://is.gd/fmZL4N ) that the offenses include prohibited camping, unnecessary noise, drinking alcohol in public, public urination, assault and harassment.

Ashland police estimate that about a dozen people per year could be affected by the proposal.

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Information from: The Ashland Daily Tidings, http://www.dailytidings.com