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Crime Stoppers members hope to get more anonymous tips


Crime Stoppers members hope to get more anonymous tips
WCN/WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR.• Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com Assistant Chief Andy Joslin of the Floresville Police Department (from left), Chief Lambert Jendrzey and Sgt. Troy Phillips of the Poth Police Department, and Chief Bobby Hyatt of the La Vernia Police Department are among those representing Wilson County’s law-enforcement agencies at the Crime Stoppers of Wilson County meeting Feb. 11.


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Since its inception in 1992, Crime Stoppers of Wilson County has brought about the arrest of 59 suspects, the recovery of $76,727 in stolen property, and the seizure of $3,760 worth of narcotics.

But board President Marrie Aldridge and her fellow members of the Crime Stoppers’ board of directors want more, which is why the board invited representatives from various levels of law enforcement to its Feb. 11 meeting. Commanding officers from all five of the county’s police agencies -- the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office and police departments from the Floresville Independent School District and the cities of Floresville, La Vernia, and Poth -- were among those attempting to figure out how to encourage more people to supply anonymous tips about criminal activity.

Aldridge, a retired Texas Ranger, suggested that Crime Stoppers’ policy of not accepting collect telephone calls might have to change because the policy might be preventing inmates at facilities such as the Wilson County Jail from making tip calls.

Anonymous calls to Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hot line at 830-393-INFO (4636) are answered by dispatchers in the sheriff’s office, Aldridge said. When a dispatcher receives the call, information supplied by the caller is written on a tip sheet. The information collected is then given to the proper authorities and a cash reward is paid if the information leads to an arrest or conviction.

Law-enforcement officers and their families, crime victims and their families, and those working as confidential informants are not eligible for a reward.

But as sure as Crime Stoppers needs participation, it also needs money, which is why Andy Flores of the county’s adult probation office inquired about how much Crime Stoppers receives some from probationers.

Wilson County offenders who are given probation are required to pay a $50 one-time fee to Crime Stoppers. Of that total, 80 percent is allocated to reward payouts.

Flores alleged that Crime Stoppers could potentially be missing a lot of revenue opportunities because roughly 75 percent of cases handled by the county attorney’s office result in a pretrial diversion. According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Web site, pretrial diversion allows a suspect to waive his or her right to a speedy trial in exchange for a supervised probationary arrangement that may include community service but does not include payments to Crime Stoppers.


Members of Crime Stoppers of Wilson County’s board of directors:
•Johnie Deagen, program
coordinator
•Marrie Aldridge, president
•Ralph Gerhardt, vice president
•Ann Cooper, treasurer
•Sharon Moy, secretary
•Margaret Arnold
•Albert Pruski
•Tom Ortmann
•Kenneth Boening
•Charlotte Martin
•Leonard Orth
•Lance Aldridge
•Mata Orth
•Kathryn Bernhardt
•Eugene Stanush
 

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flying monkey  
runge  
January 18, 2013 7:32pm
 
way to go UM, get involved TCB, dont fear the village idiots! Have the CAJONES to show people what DOING the RIGHT THING looks like!!! All u other idiots if u had half the guts UM does, you wouldnt have those problems. YOU ... More ›

 
concerned  
sutherland springs  
November 8, 2009 11:33am
 
Dear Um......Well, at least some justice has been served. Unless you've been under a rock, you now know the TRUTH....everything that I stated is now on the record. The mother has now been found quilty, and the son's trial ... More ›

 
KKK  
Wilson County  
November 7, 2009 11:37am
 
Wilson county is very well know in the law enforcement community for its partiality to persons of the non colored persuasion, ask the Poth Police chief and his sidekick

 
concerned  
sutherland springs  
February 21, 2009 4:58pm
 
The stories of all the kids matched because they were told by the driver to tell the story so HE wouldn't get in trouble for going over 70mph for NO reason, except for the fact that he is a punk who is still enjoying his life. ... More ›

 
Citizen  
Wilson County  
February 21, 2009 3:45pm
 
I think you would have to be blind, deaf, and dumb to not notice the growing problem in Stockdale. I guess if everyone turns a blind eye, it will all just magically go away?

 
elainp  
wilsoncounty  
February 20, 2009 12:13pm
 
Cant we all just get along.

 
concerned  
sutherland springs  
February 20, 2009 10:54am
 
If you want publicity so bad.....Put your own name in the paper. And that kid has shown no remorse. He has been seen driving, and playing sports while his mother cheers him on.The other two will never play sports again! It ... More ›

 
criminal  
nextdoor  
February 19, 2009 4:42pm
 
put the names of all those having warrants in the paper....sweeeeeeeeeet..i need some publicity...

 
um is crazy  
stockdale  
February 19, 2009 4:22pm
 
um...please please quit spreading this non sense..i personally have talked to the kids involved, and actually see and talk to them on a frequent basis, the story you are hearing is 100 percent false, it has been a long standing ... More ›

 
um  
Stockdale  
February 19, 2009 2:03pm
 
One more note: EVERY surviving child that was in that vehicle that night told their parents the EXACT same thing. Even the child who was blacked out, but recovered in the hospital. IT was Not a Made up story. PEOPLE who know ... More ›

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