Crime Stoppers barbecue returns Friday

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 05:48 PM

Union County Crime Stoppers will hold its 21st annual barbecue Friday.

The event is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and will be held at the Union County Agricultural Center at 3230-D Presson Road in Monroe.

Though information for the event has it listed as running from 11 a.m. through 8 p.m., how long it lasts depends on the amount of food available and will end when food runs out.

As in past years, the event will feature the naming and honoring of the Officer of the Year, performances by the Village Greene band and more.

"Everything's set on go," Reid Helms, president of Union County Crime Stoppers.

Barbecue tickets are $8 each and can be purchased from any local law enforcement officer or at the door on the day of the event. The $8 ticket will allow attendees their choice of barbecued pork or marinated turkey, cole slaw, beans, bread, homemade cake, tea and Pepsi products, Helms said.

The barbecue is a major fundraiser for Crime Stoppers every year and helps the organization in being able to offer monetary rewards in exchange for anonymous information that leads to arrests.

The anonymous tips have proven helpful to local law enforcement. One tip in particular led to arrests in October in connection with multiple vehicle thefts, Helms said.

 In October, Monroe police arrested Eduardo Cortes, Angel Maldonado and Marco Tinoco, all of Monroe, in connection with multiple Honda thefts with the help of an anonymous tip called into Crime Stoppers. In addition to the arrests, they were also able to recover 11 out of the 12 Hondas that were stolen, Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan said.

Some attendees of Friday's barbecue will be Senator Tommy Tucker, District Attorney Trey Robison, Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey and Jerry Simpson, chairman of the Union County Board of Commissioners. Ingram Walters will host the event and attendees will have a chance to win a $250 door prize.