The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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November 25, 2013

Rainelle plans crime alert meeting

CHARLESTON — As part of an ongoing quest to end the local meth epidemic, local police say they are working to educate their communities about the drug. The Rainelle Police Department and West Virginia State Police will have a town meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Rainelle City Hall to educate people about crime in the community.

“What we do is, we have other communities involved like Danese, Meadow Bridge, Quinwood come in and discuss what kind of crimes are being committed,” Rainelle Police Chief J.P. Stephens said. “We swap information and try to see how we can solve people’s problems, wherever there’s crime at. In the meantime, while we’re doing this we find out that some of the people at some of the meetings need help with family members. We try to get them help for whatever they need.

“What we’d like to do is promote as many people as we can to show up. It’s not just for our community. We want everybody in other communities. All we’re doing is chasing these people from one community to another. We’re starting to get together and expand a little bit. More people are starting to show up and we’re seeing more of the older generation who are really interested in it.”

Stephens said the meetings have enabled people to get help for their families and have also led to a few arrests.

“We solve a lot of crime that way,” he said. “It brings people forward and they’re not afraid to call in and everyone’s getting on the same page and trying to help each other out. These meetings are working out pretty good. We actually have had a slack in problems in our area due to these meetings. We also had some more arrests in that area because of the meetings too.

“We’re trying to make more people aware of this meth problem that we’ve been having. Then you’ve got the new meth that’s moving this way called ‘krokodil.’ When that hits, it’s really going to hit hard.”

Krokodil is a homemade drug that gets its name from the severe damage it does to skin and other tissue. People who use krokodil regularly are not expected to live beyond two years because of users’ increased risk of infection and gangrene.

— E-mail:  cneff@register-herald.com

 

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