Macon Regional Crimestoppers celebrates fundraising effort

bpurser@macon.comMay 7, 2014 

BECKY PURSER/bpurser@macon.com A framed and matted autographed Mickey Mantle photo went to Houston County Sheriff Cullen Talton for $200 at the live auction Wednesday at the eighth annual David Pierce Memorial Luncheon that benefits Macon Regional Crimestoppers.

WARNER ROBINS -- Macon Regional Crimestoppers celebrated a whopping $32,500 raised for tipsters at its eighth annual David Pierce Memorial Luncheon on Wednesday, the most raised in the event’s history.

The luncheon was held at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight Hangar. About 300 public safety officials, elected leaders and community members attended.

About 40 percent of arrests made through tipsters are made in the three counties of Houston, Crawford and Peach, said Warren Selby, Crimestoppers board chairman. The bulk of those arrests are made in Houston County.

From January through April of this year, there were a total of 134 arrests with a total cash pay out of $22,381, according to Crimestoppers statistics released at the luncheon.

Of the total arrests, 46 were made in Houston County, one in Peach County and one in Crawford County.

For comparison, 371 arrests were made from tipsters for a payout of $61,470 in 2013. Of the total arrests, 104 were made in Houston County, 10 in Peach County and one in Crawford County.

There are two luncheon fundraisers a year for Crimestoppers -- one in Macon and one in Warner Robins. The luncheon in Warner Robins was presented by the Rotary Clubs of Houston County.

Since its inception through April, more than $600,000 in rewards have been paid out, Selby said.

“These fundraisers are critical to the continued success” of the Crimestoppers programs, Selby said.

Crimestoppers uses the media to partner law enforcement with the public and offer rewards for arrests in cases.

“There’s no way we can put an officer on every street in every community in Middle Georgia. With the cooperation of the media, this helps solve a lot of crimes,” Houston County sheriff’s Maj. Alan Everidge said in videotaped remarks.

Officer Chris Paul, Crimestoppers executive director, said in his videotaped remarks that the nonprofit’s website -- www.crimestop.us -- is now more interactive.

A search can be done by county, tips can be made online and donations are accepted online, he said.

The luncheon included a live auction of a framed and matted autographed Mickey Mantle photo and other sports memorabilia, along with hunting and fishing trips. Law enforcement participants were also eligible for door prize drawings.

The luncheon’s namesake, the late David Pierce, was a highly respected magistrate judge in Houston County. His wife, Susan, along with a daughter, Meredith, and granddaughter, Emma, who were visiting from London, were at the luncheon. Selby’s parents, Byrd and Warren Selby, also attended.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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