The Elkins Police Department is kicking the problem of delinquent parking tickets to the curb....
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Elkins must be desperate for cash! ... else some city flunky has been watching "Parking Wars" ...
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They are absolutely strapped for cash. The City, County, and State's finances have been hurt as a result of the recession, as have those of every public citizen. Because the funding is not raining down from the top anymore, these officers have decided to get their revenues by chipping away from the bottom, aka the public citizens. The*****for the almighty dollar, the root of all evil, now outweighs providing protection for the public. This only further erodes the public's trust in the purpose of our law enforcement.
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I overheard a conversation the other day that the rumor going around town is that the two drug dogs that the Elkins police department received from an "anonymous" donor actually came from a consortium of local lawyers who stand to benefit from more drug arrests.
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That rumor is untrue.
"That rumor is untrue."
There may be some truth to this rumor. The paper reported 1 anonymous person gave EPD $4,500 to purchase a 2nd drug dog. Most of the residents of Elkins live at or below the poverty level and do not have an extra $4,500 laying around to donate. Therefore, the anonymous donor had to have some wealth in order to provide this money. Richard Shryock, a local lawyer, was recently hired as the new prosecuting attorney for cases involving drugs and violent crime. It is likely that a backroom deal was struck between Shryock and EPD or the magistrate's office, in which Shryock would be hired for this position if he donated the money for this dog. Kind of a "I'll scratch your back, if you scratch mine" kind of deal. It wouldn't be the 1st occurrence of corruption such as this by our local law enforcement and judges. 2+2 adds up folks, if you take the time to notice.
Aside from the way the local lawyers laugh at the idea of a conspiracy to generate more fees by providing dope dogs I guess that I don't have any details. There isn't a shortage of drug defendants in the area although there is a shortage of drug defendants that can pay any substantial legal fees. Unless these new dogs can sniff out money the rumor doesn't pass the smell test. My guess is that someone with a little extra money just doesn't like the drug problems that plague the area.
Throwing money at the problem (aka $4500 for a 2nd drug dog) is not going to address the pervasive issue of illegal drug selling, buying, and use in Elkins. With all the resources the EPD already has (multiple officers, 1 drug dog, confidential informants, anonymous tips, access to phone/computer/pharmacy records) they are still inadequate at stopping these crimes. Similar to Mr. Charles Smith who was laying brick at the YMCA across from EPD and living on Central St. EPD knew where Mr. Smith was since his indictment, he wasn't in hiding, yet they chose not to go after him, and as a result a young, brave State Trooper is dead. The EPD needs to deal courageously on this issue with the resources they already employ, or the existing staff who are unwilling to act needs to be replaced. Only then will we see a dent made in the illegal drug issue that plagues our communities.
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