CSX, Rotary donate to Richmond County Crime Stoppers

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Nearly a dozen members of the Richmond County Crime Stoppers board of directors met on Tuesday to accept a donation from CSX.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Rick Deese, chairman of the Richmond County Crime Stoopers, accepted a donation from CSX Police Lt. T.V. Kirkley.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Rick Deese, chairman of the Richmond County Crime Stoopers, accepted a donation from CSX Police Lt. T.V. Kirkley.

CSX Railroad Police Lt. T.V. Kirkley presented the $1,500 check during the group’s regular monthly meeting at Pat’s Kitchen. Kirkley said a CSX employee was the victim of an assault and Crime Stoppers helped lead to the apprehension of a suspect.

Members of the all-volunteer board include: Rick Deese, chairman; Jeff Avant, co-chairman; Gwen Avant, secretary; Phyllis Parsons, treasurer; George Ferguson, Chuck Cobb, Jason Graham, Ashley Brower, James Gould and Dorothy Cain, coordinator.

Wearing two hats, Cobb also presented a $2,000 donation from Rockingham Rotary to the nonprofit organization that issues awards to confidential tipsters who call in to the hotline at 910-997-5454 about cases that lead to arrest.

In 2014, cash rewards totaled $1,825. The hotline receives between 15 and 20 tips each month. Cain noted that many calls come from drug users themselves, who turn in other drug users when cash is tight.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com

“It’s just one druggie tellin’ on another,” Cain said.

Tips to the Crime Stoppers hotline has helped lead to the arrest of suspects in robberies, break-ins and other incidents — such as a gun found at Hamlet Middle School a few years ago. Then, Crime Stoppers representatives said, a student told an adult about another student with a gun in his locker and his intent to use it at school.

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