Rural Communities Following Lead of Large Cities in Efforts to Work
With Federal Agencies
YADKINVILLE - The Yadkinville police officer had a hunch about the
comings and goings from the parking lot at the Days Inn motel.
First, a woman got out of a Jeep Liberty and into a Dodge Durango.
Then, a group of men outside the hotel got in the Jeep and left. When
they returned, they switched vehicles again and drove away.
The officer called for backup from Yadkin County's drug-interdiction
team. And with that call local officers also got help with
surveillance from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency's El Paso
Intelligence Center. According to a search warrant, the night's
journeys had just begun. The Durango made stops in Hamptonville,
North Wilkesboro, a small Wilkes County community called Hayes and
Winston-Salem before returning to a house in Hamptonville.
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YADKINVILLE -- The Yadkin County Sheriff's Office has hired enough
deputies to staff the DARE program next school year.
Deputies who administer DARE, an anti-drug program, said that it was
dropped this year mostly because of a shortage in school resource
officers. "We were short one school resource officer at the start of
the year. We had a couple of officers resign the middle of the school
year," sheriff's Lt. Richard Nixon said.
Those positions are now filled. There are four school resource
officers who work in Yadkin's eight elementary schools, and one
officer is assigned to each of the two high schools.
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Regarded As Trusted Member Of Team Of 8, He Is Charged With Recruiting To
The arrest of an Alleghany County sheriff's deputy this week on federal
charges that he recruited two people to sell drugs seized during
investigations has left the small sheriff's office downcast but relieved, a
spokeswoman said yesterday.
The deputy, Ricky James Lyall, 33, of 1144 Prathers Creek Church Road in
Laurel Springs, was arrested Tuesday on eight drug-related offenses,
including conspiracy to possess drugs with intent to distribute, possession
with intent to distribute, making a false statement to a federal
law-enforcement agent, and six counts of extortion.
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School Board Worries About Rights and Costs
The Surry County school board has put on hold its discussion of a possible
drug-testing program for student athletes and others involved in
School officials say that the likelihood of such a program acting as a
deterrent does not outweigh the risk that students' rights could be violated.
"I'm not sure it's our mission," said Billy Sawyers, an assistant
superintendent, at a board meeting Monday night.
Board member Bobby Hanes said he felt uncomfortable targeting a specific
group of students and said that the cost of the program, which had been
estimated to be as much as $8,000 a year, was too great.
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Members to Look At Other Systems' Policies
Surry County's student athletes and others involved in extracurricular
activities could be required to take random drug tests as a requirement for
The Surry County Board of Education is discussing the possibility of a
program that would test basketball and football players, as well as those
who sing in chorus or play trombone for the band. The board will review the
policies of surrounding school systems at its next meeting, Nov. 4.
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Major Was Also Leader in the Civil Air
Boone police are mourning the loss of a beloved 24-year veteran killed in
an airplane crash Wednesday afternoon as he and two other officers
patrolled for marijuana plants in Chowan County.
Maj. Robert C. Kennedy, 46, was a trained spotter in the Civil Air Patrol's
counternarcotics program. He led the Civil Air Patrol in Boone as squadron
commander and was in Edenton to assist a pilot and communications officer
on a patrol flight above Chowan County's rural landscape.
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