Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers elect new officers

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers met on Thursday, Oct. 17 and reviewed recent incidents in the bi-county area.

Area schools resource officer, Jay Jastel, reported that there had been five warrant related tips to crime stoppers in September. There was one drug trafficking tip in September and members voted on a cash reward for the information.

A "Drug take back" program will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Bruner Pharmacy from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The program focuses on the disposal of prescription medications that could otherwise fall into the wrong hands.

Purdy Police Chief, Jackie Lowe, spoke about vehicular thefts rising in the coming holiday months. Lowe suggested citizens take extra care in locking their cars and not leaving high price electronics in sight for criminals. GPS's and cellular phones are among the most stolen items. Drop-kiosk for broken or unwanted phones are becoming more available and are a quick cash cow for thieves.

New officers were elected at the previous Crime Stopper meeting on Sept. 19. New officers include: John Allred, president; Lisa Balmes, vice president; Donna Beckett, secretary and Kevin Litchfield, treasurer.

The next meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers will be at noon on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Family Steakhouse, located west of Monett on Highway 60. All area law enforcement agencies are encouraged to send a representative to share information on crime happening in the bi-county area.

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477).

Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com. Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.

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