Community rallies around CrimeStoppers at big fundraiser - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Community rallies around CrimeStoppers at big fundraiser

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
PRATTVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers regularly issues alerts to help catch criminals in the River Region, and on Friday, the community showed their support for the organization, helping raise funds to pay out rewards for key tips.

CrimeStoppers hosted their annual golf tournament on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill in Prattville, their biggest fundraiser.

“CrimeStoppers is important. It binds the community with doing good for the community and law enforcement,” said Janet May, CrimeStoppers’ marketing director. “It's important to show the unity and support. Doing this allows us to operate throughout the year and without CrimeStoppers, a lot of what's happening in the community would not be solved.”

“The program empowers people to call 215-STOP when they can't call police because of other circumstances. This program is important for the community, law enforcement and the victim,” added Executive Director Tony Garrett.

Fundraising supports the CrimeStoppers’ tip line, as well as their different community initiatives, including their gun reward program in schools. So far, nine guns have been recovered.

“The other day, we got a call from a person walking down the street who saw two juveniles with an assault rifle close to a school bus. They called 215-STOP and we were able to get that person in custody,” Garrett said.

CrimeStoppers hoped to raise $75,000 on Friday.

“This tournament is one of the ways we keep the program going,” Garrett added. “Our budget is small, we have a limited staff and a majority of the money we raise goes directly back into the community.”

If you would like to donate, call Janet May at 334-324-1462. You can also donate through their website or call 215-STOP. 

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved. 

  • LocalMore>>

  • Hazmat team responds to situation at Auburn University

    Hazmat team responds to situation at Auburn University

    Saturday, January 20 2018 3:50 PM EST2018-01-20 20:50:36 GMT
    (Source: Auburn University)(Source: Auburn University)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Auburn police and fire crews responded to a hazmat situation at Auburn University this afternoon. The incident occurred in Funchess hall at Auburn.  A hazardous chemical was reportedly poured down the drain during the cleanup process in one of the rooms being cleaned. The chemical did not go all the way down the drain and caused an odor in the building.  One person inside the building reported lightheadedness as a result of the fumes and i...

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Auburn police and fire crews responded to a hazmat situation at Auburn University this afternoon. The incident occurred in Funchess hall at Auburn.  A hazardous chemical was reportedly poured down the drain during the cleanup process in one of the rooms being cleaned. The chemical did not go all the way down the drain and caused an odor in the building.  One person inside the building reported lightheadedness as a result of the fumes and i...

    More >>
  • How the government shutdown may impact Fort Benning

    How the government shutdown may impact Fort Benning

    Saturday, January 20 2018 11:31 AM EST2018-01-20 16:31:29 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    With Fort Benning operating directly under the federal government, many people wonder how this latest shutdown will impact the Valley.

    More >>

    With Fort Benning operating directly under the federal government, many people wonder how this latest shutdown will impact the Valley.

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Fire reported on Cusseta Road

    UPDATE: Fire reported on Cusseta Road

    Saturday, January 20 2018 1:50 PM EST2018-01-20 18:50:10 GMT
    (Source: WTVM)(Source: WTVM)

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A fire has been reported on Cusseta Road in Columbus. The fire was reported around 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Park Trailer Homes.  This is a developing story, please check back with News Leader 9 for more updates.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A fire has been reported on Cusseta Road in Columbus. The fire was reported around 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Park Trailer Homes.  This is a developing story, please check back with News Leader 9 for more updates.  Copyright 2018 WTVM. All rights reserved. | For more news, download the WTVM app here.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly