More behind bars in 'Operation: River to Jail'
HUNTINGTON -- More people were taken to jail Friday as part of the Huntington Police Department's "Operation: River to Jail," an initiative launched last week to combat crime.
Arrest warrants were obtained for 35 suspects on felony and misdemeanor charges ranging from violent crimes to property crimes, according to a release from the city. It was the second warrant sweep in two weeks.
As of Friday afternoon, 10 people had been arrested, four of which were arrested on felony charges, according to the release and court records.
They were Michael Ray Gibson on burglary and breaking and entering; Fred Cornell on six counts of forgery and two counts of forgery and uttering; Michael Eugene Beall on receiving and transferring stolen property; and Bruce Adkins on breaking and entering and grand larceny.
Those charged with misdemeanors include Josh Floyd Loftis on embezzlement; Zyran Scott on domestic battery; James Muncy on two counts of receiving and transferring stolen property; Jonathan Long on a domestic violence petition violation; and Candice Walker on second-offense shoplifting and receiving and transferring stolen property.
Another suspect was arrested on an outstanding federal warrant.
The police department obtained arrest warrants for 63 suspects for its Aug. 5 warrant sweep. Only 25 were arrested that day, but several more were put in cuffs in the following days.
"The name of this operation is just as it suggests. If you cross the Ohio River and come to Huntington to engage in illegal activity, you're going to jail," Huntington Police Chief Jim Johnson said in the release. "This aggressive strategy will continue for as long as it is needed."
Johnson said that the police will be relentless in arresting drug and violent crime offenders. He said that was a promise he made to city council when they approved $500,000 in additional funding for the police department that made the operation possible.
The same funding will help add 10 officers to the department early next year to continue to address the problem through a longterm plan.
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