Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Wellsville Chief Asks For Help In War on Drugs
Police Chief Joe Scarabino approached the Pastors and lay members at last week's meeting of the Wellsville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) to “implore” them for their help and assistance. Scarabino said he is asking for help with an endeavor he would like to undertake and would feel assured the message would get out tenfold by joining forces with WAMA.
Scarabino said the amount of selling and use of drugs in the Village is “very,very disturbing”. As an example he cited one individual that lives in town with a 19 page criminal history. Because of non-disclosure laws the Chief was not able to name that individual but noted this is just one example of what Wellsville law enforcement is up against. In his case file he stated that there are files on at least three known drug dealers living in the village.
The Chief told the members of WAMA that illicit drugs “is a supply and demand ordeal. As long as the demand is there the supplier will be ever present”. He proposed “a night out in Wellsville, a prayer night to pray for the eradication of drugs and violence that is currently in our village”. Noting that the Wellsville police are working diligently toward this goal the department just doesn't have the numbers to effectively deal with everything. He is hoping to get at least 100 volunteers with police escorts to take about an hour some evening going around town praying against drugs and all the ill it causes.
Scarabino asked that the ministers mention his endeavor from their pulpits. In the meantime he will be formulating plans and hopefully will have something ready to put into motion by next month. Scarabino said he will attend next month's WAMA meeting to put those plans into motion. Scarabino concluded his plea saying with the encouragement he has gotten from some pastors he already spoke to he “feels he is stepping in the precipice of setting down a no tolerance law for the eradication of the drugs and violence that's in our streets.”
WAMA meets the second Tuesday of every month at 9 AM at Tonda's Place in the 4th Street Square. The next meeting is scheduled for November 8. The meetings are open to the public as well as any area member of the clergy.
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