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Dyersburg's Most Wanted leads to capture of half the fugitives spotlighted

Sunday, December 14, 2008

The State Gazette has been featuring Dyersburg's Most Wanted for the last couple of months and has gotten a tremendous response from the community.

The purpose of this feature is to assist the Dyersburg Police Department in capturing alleged criminals that are currently wanted by the department.

The individuals featured in Dyersburg's Most Wanted are wanted for various crimes they have committed.

Judging by the percentage captured, it has been very effective

An added bonus to keeping these people off of the streets, and preventing them from committing new crimes, is that it frees up valuable man-hours. These are hours that the police can use to solve and prevent crimes, rather than searching for fugitives.

Out of the 30 people featured so far, 15 have either been captured after somebody reported their whereabouts or turned themselves in after seeing their picture in the paper.

Those captured thus far are: Rhonda Rogers, Mark Branch, Alphus Piphus, Michelle Reed Bryant, Michael Watkins, Brandy Turnbo, Jimmy Cox, Gerald Akins, Steven Long, Clarence Sanders, Joshua Dean, Pam Miles, Jason Ables, Josh Hill and Tiffany Barrett.

"Information from the public is one of the most valuable tools that law enforcement has," said Dyersburg Police Chief Terry Ledbetter. "Everyone that is run in the paper, somebody knows where they are at."

If you or someone you know would like to report on any individuals featured in Dyersburg's Most Wanted, contact the Dyersburg Police Department at 731-285-1212.

When calling the police to report one of the criminals here are a few helpful things the police may need to know:

* The reason you are calling.

* The name of the fugitive you are calling about.

* When the fugitive will be at a specific location.

* Where the fugitive can be located at a specific time.

* People they associate or live with.

* Any other details you think will help law enforcement capture the fugitive.

If you or someone you know would like to report on any individuals featured in Dyersburg's Most Wanted, contact the Dyersburg Police Department at 731-285-1212.

Fifty percent of the people featured being captured, is proof the community wants to put a stop to criminals walking around free.

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the dyersburg police has come up on a good thing to get the crooks to face up on what they did. keep up the good work, my hat is off to you


-- Posted by jscott on Mon, Dec 15, 2008, at 9:03 AM

I am just blown away by the tremendous grammar used by this newspaper! It looks like Chief Ledbetter never mastered English 101 in high school. Mr. jscott has done just as good as the rest of the paper. I guess we are now using the "politically correct" redneck grammar?

-- Posted by exresident on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 12:00 AM


-- Posted by DMASE on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 1:30 PM

This is a good project, now if we could do one for the people who have attachments for not paying child support. Like the ones that have missed 6 court dates , over 14,000 dollars behind and still free as a bird. This would be wonderful for the children this money is owed too.

-- Posted by mommaroo2008 on Fri, Dec 19, 2008, at 11:39 PM

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