Sheriff’s office asks citizens to report any warning signs

Investigators with the Jones County Sheriff’s Department are looking into possible gang activity in portions of the county because of a recent increase in crime and concerns of citizens. 

Capt. Earl Humphries, Lt. Jimmy Black and Investigator Kenny Gleaton discussed the reason for their heightened concerns Jan. 19 with Assistant District Attorney Ashley Herndon. 

Humphries said, for the past several months, gang activity has taken place in the south end of Jones County. He said previously the sheriff’s department had dealt with individuals who had been gang members.

“They were charged, sentenced, and sent away, but now we are seeing gang-related activities, such as tagging, spray painting and destruction of signs. We are trying to stop this before it takes hold in our county,” the captain said.

A Jan. 17 Facebook post from Sheriff Butch Reece stated that deputies were called out multiple times to the neighborhoods of Rebel Drive and Confederate Drive. He said a resident complained of being threatened by telephone and social media. The investigation led to the arrests of four adults and one juvenile. 

“The young men apparently came to the area to engage in a physical confrontation. Luckily, my deputies were able to intervene before any violence occurred. The initial investigation indicates that the incident may be gang related. We need the hard-working, law-abiding citizens of Jones County to assist us in our efforts to prevent this type of activity from invading our neighborhoods,” he said. 


The Jones County News

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