From left, Blowing Rock Police Chief Eric Brown and officers Zach Warren and Lance Dotson prepare to distribute winter coats and other donated items to youths at Blowing Rock School. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Friday, December 28, 2012
(Last modified: 2012-12-28 09:14:20)

Source: The Blowing Rocket

Although I am writing this on the eve of Christmas, Christmas started a little early at Blowing Rock Police.

Santa Cops Lance Dotson, Zach Warren and Chief Eric Brown delivered coats and shoes to Blowing Rock School to be distributed.

For several years, Blowing Rock Police has partnered with staff at Blowing Rock Elementary School in a program known as “Santa Cop.”

School resource Officer Lance Dotson described Santa Cop as “a program designed to help less fortunate families in our community. The program helps provide coats and shoes to children at Christmas.”

Funding for this year’s programs was provided by Blowing Rock Cares, as well as other private donations. Fifty families were helped this year. According to Chief Brown, the number of families assisted has doubled since last year.

Five vehicle collisions were reported last week. None of the accidents were serious or resulted in injury.
Two accidents were reported in parking lots and were caused by drivers backing out of parking spaces.
Three accidents resulting in damage to vehicles were reported as a result of the large potholes on Valley Boulevard below Cliff Dwellers Inn.
The large holes were created by the falling rock being removed from the hillside.
The N.C. Department of Transportation was made aware of the problem and made temporary repairs to the road.
The most serious accident was reported on Dec. 16. Officer Anthony Baird investigated a collision at Valley Boulevard and Sunset Drive involving two vehicles.
The collision occurred when a vehicle, driven by Michelle Manuel Swafford of Mountain City, Tenn., failed to stop for a red light and struck another vehicle driven by Thomas Lee Maness Jr. of Wake Forest.
Swafford was cited for failure to stop for a red light.
Sixteen citations were issued during the past two weeks. The citations included:
• Two for driving while license revoked
• Two for no operator’s license
• One for no insurance
• Six for speeding
• Two for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia
• One for failure to stop for red light
• One for driving left of center

Happy holidays
The officers and staff at Blowing Rock Police want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and safe new year.

And remember, if you drink this holiday season, please don’t drive.

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