Crime watch renews monthly schedule

By Kevin Kelly - Special to the Tribune

VINTON — Noting an uptick in suspicious activity within Vinton, Huntington-Morgan Crime Watch opted to return to a monthly regular meeting schedule when it met Feb. 7.

The group had met every other month during the winter, but President Brandi Whealdon suggested meeting every month again after she observed a return of questionable deeds and individuals around the village, a contention supported by some of the residents in attendance. They agreed with the schedule change, making the group’s next meeting Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. in Vinton Village Hall.

Crime Watch officials noted that one of the group’s goals is to be more of a presence in Huntington Township. Whealdon and other Crime Watch members met with Huntington Trustees Roger Meade, Jeff Oiler and Roger Shadwick at the township’s Dec. 15 meeting in Ewington to discuss their lending support or cost-sharing to fund more sheriff’s patrols in the areas surrounding Vinton.

Speaking for the trustees, Shadwick said officials needed to examine the 2017 budget and report back when Crime Watch met again in February. None of the trustees attended and Whealdon had not heard from them about a response to the proposal, on which she said she would follow up.

Gallipolis Municipal Judge Eric Mulford was on hand to inform Crime Watch he was available to assist the group in its efforts. Mulford, an assistant Gallia County prosecuting attorney for 10 years, was appointed to the municipal bench by Gov. John R. Kasich on Jan. 16 to fill the term of Margaret Evans, who became Gallia County Common Pleas judge last month.

Mulford, whose term expires at the end of this year, is seeking election for a full six years as judge in the Nov. 7 general election. To that end, he announced he’s filed for the Republican nomination in the May 2 primary, and is presently unopposed.

The group also heard a report on activity from Deputy Bryan Seagraves prior to adjourning.

By Kevin Kelly

Special to the Tribune