2011-08-16 / Front Page

Crime Watch Tip In Marijuana Eradication Efforts

Staff Report

The Cataract Lake Area Crime Watch held its regular meeting on Monday, August 8. Nearly thirty residents from both Jackson and Jennings townships attended, along with five local law enforcement officers – Owen County Sheriff ’s Department Deputies Clint Wampler, Kevin Frank, Tom Pitt, ISP Trooper Allen Deel and Zach Minnick from the Cloverdale Police Department – who were on hand to field questions and to address some of the concerns of the residents.

One lady from the area reported that she observed what she thought to be marijuana growing along State Road 243. Officers took the information and immediately headed to the area where the suspected marijuana was growing. Officers observed the marijuana near an unoccupied home and seized and destroyed it.

The Cataract Lake Area Crime Watch is a crime prevention association that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems, and improve the quality of life in their area. The group strives to teach citizens to:

•Recognize and report crimes and suspicious activities,

•To protect themselves, their families, and their property,

•To protect their neighbor’s family and property, and

•To identify crime and disorder problems in their area and work with local law enforcement agencies to solve them.

The next meeting of the crime watch is scheduled for September 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Cunot Community Center. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, or email: cataractlakearea crimewatch@hotmail.com.

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