Taylor County Combats Rise in Crime

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

As residents begin to notice a recent crime wave--area leaders know something must be done. It's a problem no community wants and Taylor County is working to prevent crime before it starts.

"I view crime...that it's going, it's kind of escalating at this point in time." said Jared Thomas, a Perry Resident. In less than a month there have been two separate shootings in Perry--one leaving a man dead.

Taylor County Sheriff, Bummy Williams said, "We realize that there's some problems in the county considering the large number of weapons that have been taken recently. And we certainly need citizen's input to help us locate some of these weapons--cause we know how dangerous it is for them to be on the street."

And beyond the street, the local state attorney says they will be stiffening the penalties for offenders. But some residents feel the problem should be handled earlier--saying kids need constructive activities to get involved with.

Montana Mitchum, a Taylor County Resident said, "There's nothing to do around here, so the only thing you can do is get in trouble."

The Mayor of Perry says the best way to deal with all of these issues is put them on the table, so community leaders and residents can work together to solve them.

"We're a resident just like every body else, so we're concerned and we want to address this just like everybody else does." said Mayor Emily Ketring.

At Monday night's meeting, the Mayor also listed the progress the community has already made in fighting crime--tearing down drug houses, focusing on emerging criminal trends, and much more. The recent increase in violence was something they needed to address immediately. Area leaders say they need the community's help to seek out the source of crime.


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  • by stellamurphy Location: perry florida on Jul 23, 2008 at 04:09 PM
    these people have a guide line that the the law , the sheriffe and judge and stateattornys has to go by , so thats why a lot of these people get back out on the streets ,they are doing there jobs.
  • by Julie Location: Perry on May 22, 2008 at 03:43 PM
    Yes, only in Taylor County could a convicted felon run AGAIN and have a ghost of a chance to be elected. Our court house needs a good cleaning out. Then good people need to step up and be strong and stand up to that little clique whose pictures are always in the paper, standing there with a big cardboard check, praising each other. It's been the same people, not really doing any thing worth mentioning for the past 20 years with their grins, acting like they have really done something. Time for a change, youong people need to step up and do good things.
  • by concerned citizen Location: taylor county on May 21, 2008 at 06:25 PM
    Only in taylor county would a prior convicted drug dealer run for county commissiner and stand a good chance of getting elected.
  • by Joe on May 21, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    Charles August and Walter Bishop and that so called Concern Citizens group is a band wagon group is riding the back of work started and by others who know how to make things happen. The just looking for a buiness opportuntiy. I can tell you Mr. August has no backbone and scare to speak up!!! and Mr. Bishop just ride around listing to his radio!! Just wana beesssss! What happen to the community leaders who knows how get results and not afraid to speak up? Where is he? He needs to come back and take charge!!! Please, Please help us!! Are there any educated backbone folks left in our community
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2008 at 01:46 PM
    its the red necks and their meth labs.
  • by Karen Location: Perry on May 21, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    Pickle, the sponsor of the Pine Tree festival is part of the problem....control. they've controlled the city, the county, the people, the workers, the elected officials, the social life, everything since the mill opened. They won't allow new clean business to come into the county. they only want dirty neighbors so they can blame somebody else for doing what they've already done. In a closed controlled county, things don't change. Open your eyes, people. Regarding the students, they trespassed and vandalized, not burglarized the school and should be held accountable by law enforcement, not school officials. First, they should have had to clean up the mess they made, not the custodians doing it for them. the whole thing has not been handled well from the start.
  • by A lot of truth! on May 21, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    A majority of the comments made to date on this blog have a lot of truth in the comments. If there was just 25%-50% truth in the comments it shows what lack of leadership we have in our community. I find it telling that the WCTV blog seems to be a great outlet for the citizens of our community to voice their opinions. It is a shame that our media outlet (the mullet wrapper) or others do not offer such a blog.
  • by anonymous Location: perry on May 21, 2008 at 12:54 PM
    Again, I hear about the problems in Perry, and the most complaints fall on the elected officials. The key word is ELECTED officials. I can not and refuse to believe that people in Perry want change. I think they would simply rather complain, and not act. If they wanted change, then they would not tolerate the incredibly low bonds given to repeat offenders and drug dealers, they would not tolerate all of the plea bargains and VOPs being released back, and they would not tolerate the fact that most offenders are back on the street before the cops go home for the night. If they wanted change, then they would vote differently, and they would see change. Until then, they will just complain.
  • by pickle on May 21, 2008 at 12:49 PM
    L, i wish you would just hush and keep living your perfect life in your perfect city and let us in perry just live our screwed up life in our screwed up town. i guess we're the only town that in america that has crime and discrimination. it's not safe anywhere these days, anymore, so stop acting like perry is the only place where negative things happen. why don't we talk about our Pine Tree Festival and how bad it is and how no one ever comes to our crappy little murderous town for it because they're scared they won't make it out. i don't think so.
  • by Bill Location: Perry on May 21, 2008 at 12:43 PM
    L- there is quit a large number of gay/lesbian people in Perry, who live a normal life just as anyone else. Perry is like any town or city, there is crime in certain areas that you stay away from.
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