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PAGE 2 THE FLORALA NEWS- WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009 IRT FROM FRONT who portrayed victims got a chance to give a different prospective on things and the most frequent comment always began, "you guys scared me to death". Each actor and actress gave the team glowing results, ad- mitting that although they knew it was an exercise, hav: ing a gun in their face and being a part of the action, allowed them to the unique opportunity to observe first hand just how professional the team members are. the IRT team. The scenario involved an armed robbery with the subject taking hos- tages and barricading him- self into the old ranger's house at the lake. The IRT team met at the Florala Police Department to be briefed and then head- ed to Lake Jackson where victims, all of whom were volunteers, were being held. After arriving on scene, the IRT team stormed the ranger's house and with the blinding light of a flash grenade it was over. IRT team members had their man, freed his hostages and were out of the house in mere seconds, showing spectators and media gath- ered to watch, that they are prepared for anything that might come their way. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to pull off such a smooth rescue, even when it's simply an exer- cise. After the rescue was complete, team members gathered around the por- table command post to find out what they could have done better, although to spectators it seemed the ex- ercise had gone off without a hitch. As team members listened to Commander Ray Dixon point out what went right and what went wrong, each gave his opinion on how things could have gone better. Once Dixon had briefed the team members, those Get six months of extra-low prices on bundled services. 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District Attorney comments on Worthless .Check Unit For years, the Worthless writers in our county," Gam- tact the writer by mail, but Check Unit of the District bril said. most try to contact them by Attorney's Office has proven When a merchant or phone as well. If the writer, itself an invaluable resource individual receives a bad after being given this initial to both the merchants and check and their own efforts chance to make good on the citizens of Covington Coun- to collect the monies owed check fails, then the check is ty. According to District At- have produced no results brought to my office," Gam- torney Greg Gambril, over they can take the bad check bril explained. "Once Pam the last two years, the Dis- to the District Attorney's has the check, she, in turn, trict Attorney's Worthless Worthless Check Unit, makes efforts to contact the Check Unit has collected There is no charge for this writer by mail and phone. It well over $400,000 in res- service. At this point, Mrs. is only after all of these ef- titution, which was in turn Cottle becomes involved and forts have been exhausted returned to the victimized makes several efforts to lo- do we resort to taking out merchants and individuals cate the individual respon- an arrest warrant." Gambril county-wide. Gambril plans sible and to give them an added, "By following this to implement new ways of opportunity to come in and approach, we end up deal- improving on these collec- pay for the check(s). Often, ing only with people who are tions in'the future, starting once an individual realizes outright and intentionally with the employment of a they are facing jail if they do breaking the law or who are full time investigator who not pay for their check they serial check writers." will concentrate on check will take action. However, Recently Gambril hired collection, if that effort does not yield Max Smith, a long time The District Attorney's payment, an arrest warrant deputy with the Covington Worthless Check Unit is is issued. County Sheriffs Depart- headed up by Pam Cottle, Gambril said. thatitis rare ment, to assist Mrs. Cottle who has served in this ca- that someone who makes a in tracking down worthless pacity for three years. "Pam math error in their check- check writers. "I'm excited is diligent and tireless in her book ends.up in the District about having Max on board," attempts to recover restitu- Attorney's Worthless Check Gambril said. "In addition tion for the merchants and Unit. 'qNhen a merchant re- to the different strategies individuals who have been ceives a bad check, they are we've employed over the victims of worthless check required by statute to con- past few years to arrest bad , check writers, Max is bring- ing several other ideas that are 'outside of the box.', '-- According to Investiga- tor Smith, there is a website under construction at this time similar to the Most 334-858-2100 * 2215 6th Street Wanted website sponsored (just north of Evans Funeral Home) by the Covington County Sheriffs Department, which will aid in locating these people. Investigator Smith is also working with the lo- cal newspapers to find these F ri uay individuals. "In the past, the papers have printed a list, complete with photos, of in- 1 3th dividuals who were wanted for outstanding warrants on various charges. If an indi- vidual wishes to avoid being one of those people in these pages, they should go ahead and turn themselves in and see CHECKS page 4