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- Calhoun Commission approves new deputy
- Two arrested in auto theft spree
- Calhoun County approves budget
- ID Task force meets
Calhoun Commission approves new deputy
The Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department will
be adding more deputies to increase patrols in the rural areas of
the county. Sheriff Larry Amerson citing the growing population in
the rural areas, asked the county commission for financial help in
getting more deputies. Thursday morning the county commission
approved an increase of 35-dollars in the court costs to fund the
new hires. According to County Administrator Ken Jointer, the new
fee is the most fair to fund the needed positions. Many of the
filings in probate court will not be affected by the increase. The
sheriffs department currently has 20 patrolling deputies and Sheriff
Larry Amerson says the extra money will allow the department to
strengthen the patrol division. The new fees will go into affect
on November first and officials say they will not see any funds
probably until after the first of the year. The Sheriff said he
hopes to have the new deputy positions filled and on the road within
Two arrested in auto theft spree
With the continuing rise in the value of scrap
metal, thieves have found profit is stealing junk. Authorities have
arrested the owner of Munford Recycling and a tow truck driver he
employed in connection with the theft of several vehicles in the
Anniston area. 44 year old Robert Stanley Mayo, of Talladega and 44
year old Charles Ray Peoples Jr., of Childersburg have been charged
with theft in the first degree. According to Police Mayo told
Peoples to troll around in his tow truck and take junk vehicles
without asking for proof of ownership or identification from the
people who claimed to own them. A west Anniston resident filed a
report with Anniston Police last month claiming that four vehicles
were taken off of his property without his permission. The property
had a dilapidated house and a number of cars from the 1970s and
1980s. Investigators said this week that since August they had
received a number of calls from residents claiming their cars had
been stolen in a similar manner. After police spoke with Mayo, the
Calhoun County approves budget
Calhoun County commissioners passed the
counties 2007-2008 fiscal year budget Thursday morning. County
Administrator Ken Jointer said the budgets have no surprises and
reflect a 3% increase over last year. Jointer said that the three
percent increase in the budget is funded thru growth in the tax base
over the past year. Included in the budget is a 4% pay increase for
county employees. The new budget year will begin October first.
ID Task force meets
Thursday marked the start of a new push in Alabama to fight identity
theft.The Northern Alabama Financial Crimes Task Force met for the
first time Thursday.Their goal is to build a cooperative effort with
local financial institutions and all levels of law enforcement to
combat I.D. theft. Alabama Attorney General Troy King said I.D.
theft is the fastest growing crime in the state.
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