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Kanawha County Deputies Keep Eyes On Trick Or Treat Streets
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Reported: Nov. 1, 2012 11:21 PM EDT
Updated: Nov. 2, 2012 10:31 AM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
After a two-day delay, Kanawha County kids had their chance Thursday evening to trick or treat.
The annual tradition is always a good time for those dressed up and going door to door, but sometimes there are folks who are in it for the trick more than the treat.
Because of that, Capt. Sean Crosier of the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office and several other officers took to the streets of Kanawha County.
"We might be able to catch someone in the act before they get to the point where they actually hurt someone," Crosier said.
Their mission was to make sure everyone had a good time and made it home safe and sound to enjoy their treats.
"We're traveling to some of the areas that are more prone to the Halloween violence," Crosier said.
Those extra eyes on the streets made the whole evening more enjoyable for the kids, and more importantly the parents.
"It's a real good thing – helps out with the kids, a lot of safety,” Brandon Thaxton of Charleston said. “There's a lot of things nowadays that are going on. You’ve got to watch out."
This was not Crosier's first time on the Halloween patrol. He's seen everything from burning tires, mattresses and wood in the middle of the street.
"It creates such a hazard. It's really scary to think what these vandals are thinking when they do something like that," Crosier said.
Trick or treaters didn't hesitate when they said they were having fun trick or treating and that they also appreciated the work of Crosier and his crew.
Fortunately, deputies enjoyed a peaceful trick or treat evening with minimal tricks by vandals, Crosier said. Officers responded to a small debris fire and rock throwing at motorists in the Giles community of Cabin Creek and a tree across the road on Winifred Hollow Road. Deputies used chain saws, and with the help of area residents, removed the large tree to open the road quickly.
Meanwhile, deputies in unmarked vehicles circumvented what would have been a huge fire on Hughes Creek Road in Hugheston when they foiled several teens carrying two large couches that the teens intended on setting ablaze in the road.
What was alarming, Crosier said, was the number of “be on the lookouts” for drivers under the influence that were reported during the trick or treat hours of 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Within that short period, four reports of drunken drivers were reported throughout Kanawha County, he said.
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