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Kile: 20 warrants served

Here come the fuzz.

Packs of six to eight marked law enforcement vehicles roamed Screven County for several hours every day last week, arresting 20 fugitives as part of an annual crackdown run by the U.S. Marshals Service.

People were arrested for such things as aggravated assault, bad checks, probation and parole violations, simple battery and failure to appear in court, Screven County Sheriff Mike Kile said.

The operation, dubbed “Falcon,” is in its sixth year. “They do it every year, nationwide,” Kile said. “The marshals add a little strength. It’s helpful having extra people.”

People see the string of police cars and wonder what’s happening. Kile said he got about 50 calls last week from people wondering if someone had escaped, if a killer was on the loose. “You can’t advertise it,” he said, but word gets out to the extent that some bad guys turn themselves in rather than waiting for the inevitable visit from the man.

Turning themselves in were people wanted for bad checks and failing to pay child support, he said.

The string of law enforcement vehicles tends to have a chilling effect. “Crime has a tendency to nosedive,” during the busts, Kile said.

Law enforcement officers get to know each other and some pending cases are put to rest. “All in all, it’s a very good thing,” the sheriff said. “It helps a lot. It puts a lot of people in jail nationwide.”

He said the exercise resulted in about one-fourth of the outstanding warrants in the county being served.

Among those arrested was Larry Darnell White Jr., 31, of Brittany Lane, who was arrested June 8 for willful obstruction of law enforcement officers by use of threats or violence; misdemeanor possession of marijuana; driving while license suspended or revoked; open container; and improper backing.