Cumberland Times-News

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December 22, 2012

Still on duty

Crime Solvers needs your help to stay active

Since 1981, Crime Solvers has been a key tool law enforcement agencies in Allegany and Mineral counties use to combat criminal activity.

The program works primarily because it enables callers to remain anonymous in providing information to police, and it makes tipsters eligible for cash rewards if the information results in a conviction in court.

Over the years, the organization has paid more than $50,000 in rewards and boasts that its program has been directly responsible for resolving more than 1,400 felony cases in Allegany and Mineral counties. About $900,000 in property has been recovered because of the tips.

Every year, Allegany/Mineral Counties Crime Solvers asks for the community’s help. By donating to the organization, the public can help Crime Solvers continue to offer reward money for information. Rewards paid out range from $100 to $1,500, depending on the magnitude of the crime.

“It is only through the generous support of the public that we can continue this vital program. All contributions go directly to the Crime Reward Fund. There are no administrative costs except those associated with our fundraisers,” Crime Solvers president Lou Femi said.

Anyone wanting to help the program can make a tax deductible check payable to: Allegany/Mineral Counties Crime Solvers and mail it to P.O. Box 3512, LaVale, MD 21504.

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