LPD increases police presence

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 4, 2008

LINDEN &8212; Over the weekend, Linden Police officers were out on heavy patrol as part of the first of a series of days where they increase police presence to crack down on both minor traffic violations and serious offenses.

Police Chief Scott McClure said after this weekend&8217;s run, he hopes to conduct these heavy patrol periods at least once a month. In addition to heavy patrol, the department set up a license checkpoint at the intersection of Highway 43 and Highway 28 that reviewed oncoming cars for approximately an hour and a half.

According to McClure, the weekend was a benefit to the city, resulting in 67 traffic citations, nine warning citations, 15 misdemeanor arrests and three felony arrests.

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After making the felony arrests, police confiscated 71 Loritab pills and two units of powdered cocaine.

But the finding of an illegal substance was not the only thing to happen during a routine traffic stop made by Officer Ronald Bright.

According to McClure, Bright stopped the individual after noticing &8220;things did not seem right,&8221; which lead to the discovery of a bag of powder cocaine. A search of the man&8217;s vehicle also found a .38 caliber pistol. Inside the pistol were two bullets.

Bright also found a murder/suicide note in the man&8217;s pocket detailing his intent to kill another man and himself with the two bullets in gun. The man was taken into custody immediately.

Further investigation revealed the individual had a history of mental illness and was not currently taking doctor prescribed medication. This attempt at suicide was also his second in a recent period of time, McClure said.

In other ongoing investigations, Linden Police are looking for the culprits of two missing vehicles &8212; a go-cart and a mini bike both of which were recovered. McClure said they have suspects in the case but have not been successful in locating them.

Police also arrested three juveniles and one adult in connection with two stolen laptops, one of which has been recovered, McClure said.