Task force to target high-crime locations
Rachel McAuley Staff Writer
LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff’s office has created a task force that will twice a month concentrate its efforts in areas identified by residents and sheriff’s deputies as high-crime.
The Neighborhood Improvement Team completed its second operation this past weekend, netting 22 charges and eight arrests.
According to Capt. Scott Jacobs, of the patrol division at the Scotland County Sheriff’s office, officers will meet monthly to determine which Scotland County neighborhoods need the most attention. He said that so far, the office has targeted Cross Street in Gibson, Riverton Road in Wagram, Blakely Road in Laurinburg and the general area of East Laurinburg.
The area radius will expand and change as the team continues its work, Jacobs said. They plan to eliminate problems within communities that deal with drugs, traffic concerns, suspicious persons and domestic violence.
Jacobs said officers are “responsible for working in areas that we identify as high crime areas,” but that they are also taking resident’s complaints into consideration.
“We hear concerns and our intent is to make safer neighborhoods,” he said.
Olivia Ann Wiggins, 18 of 22741 Marston Road was charged with possession of marijuana.
Cody Lee Jones, 22, of 512 North Hilltop Road in Red Springs was charged with possession of cocaine and held under a $4,000 bond.
Donnell Massey, 37, of 1203 Stewartsville Road was charged with driving while license suspended and also had a criminal summons, according to a sheriff’s report. He was held under a $500 bond.
King Ardell Love, 48, of 2672 North Hilltop Road in Red Springs was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Jesse Swindell, 25, of 22620 Peach Orchard Road in Wagram was charged with failure to appear, communicating threats, assault and battery and possession of marijuana, according to a sheriff’s report. He was held under a $200 bond.
Joanne Nichole Loughran, 31, of 2319 Indian Creek Road was charged with failure to appear.
Patricia McDougald, 22, of 311 Pitt St. was charged with disorderly conduct.
Ronnie Chavis Jr., 37, of 24361 Louise Drive was arrested for failure to appear in court.
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