Date: August 8, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Wayne Cross, (863) 398-2293, Crime Stoppers Executive Director
Media Coverage Prompted Polk County Crime Stoppers Tip

A Special Thank You to the News Media: Recently, because of television news coverage of the vehicle pursuit of suspect Jason Allen Hunter on July 26, 2001, a citizen called in a Crime Stoppers tip that led Sheriff's Office deputies directly to the suspect later that night. Hunter, who has a lengthy criminal history, and was wanted for a number of felony warrants, was taken into custody without incident. This is just one example of the many positive aspects of comprehensive and quality news coverage on the part of local television, radio and newspaper organizations. 

There are many examples of Crime Stoppers News Releases that have been covered and followed-up by the news media that have generated significant calls to the toll-free number. This program is working; and is made possible only by the news media. THANK YOU! 

A Reminder to the News Media: The Telephone Number for Polk County Crime Stoppers is 800-226-TIPS (8477). When using this telephone number please remind the public that it is a FREE call, the caller will REMAIN ANONYMOUS, and the caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1000 cash (tax free). Law enforcement will not know the identity of the caller. 

Contact Information for Polk County Crime Stoppers: Executive Director: 
Wayne Cross (retired Major, Polk County Sheriff's Office), 863.398.2293. 
Law Enforcement Coordinator: Detective Deborah Osborn, PCSO, 863.297.3101. 
Law Enforcement/Media Liaison: Michal Shanley, PCSO, 863.534.6631.

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