Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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The U.S. Marshals Service's Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force rode into town recently, conducting its Operation Falcon (Federal and Local Cops Organized Nationally). The initiative targets people wanted for violent crimes, including sex offenses and narcotics violations. Statewide, 1,250 warrants were served and arrests made. During the five-day sweep, 102 warrants were served by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, making it the agency with the largest number of arrests in the state. Certificates were awarded by the Marshals Service to NCSO personnel and others participating in the intensive operation. They are (front, from left) Lt. Ezell Brown, Deputy David Gilbert, Officer Jeff Bruno (Covington Police Department), Deputy Kadeem Myrie, Cpl. Kimberly Cox, Deputy Darlene Sims, Deputy Jacqueline Baker, Deputy James Perry, Deputy Luis Contreas and Deputy Selena Williams. In second row are Commander Keith Booker (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Marshal Alex Camacho (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Bryant Jones, Deputy Trina Whitley, Deputy Lee Smith, Lt. Sherita Ballard, Deputy Wade Freeman, Deputy Brent Morrison and Capt. Marty Roberts. In the third row are Sgt. David Jones, Lt. Shawn Hickly, Deputy Danny Peppers, Deputy Marshal Robert Freeman (U.S. Marshals Service), Deputy Justin Hipps, Deputy Marshal Elic Bostic (U.S. Marshals Service) and Chief Wayne Digby (Porterdale Police Department).