Crime Stoppers fundraiser needs your help

Todd Myrick and Tiffany Spicer were busy working the phones Friday morning, trying to raise money to bail themselves out from a temporary jail at Peachtree Mall.

The two were participating in the 2008 Crime Stoppers Jail & Bail fundraiser at the mall, which concludes this afternoon. The event is the only fundraiser the organization does each year, said Beth Blanton, the treasurer for the organization.

"The community has always come together and made it happen, " said Blanton of the event, which began Thursday.

In 2007, Crime Stoppers callers provided Columbus, Fort Benning and Phenix City police departments with information leading to 55 arrests. A total of 119 felony and misdemeanor charges came from these arrests. The program offers rewards to anonymous informants for information that leads to arrests or convictions for business and community crimes.

There is still time today to have a friend or co-worker "arrested" during the event. Those interested may call, up to 3pm EST, either (706) 596-8118 or (706) 596-8122. Those "arrested" are picked up at their office by a member of the Columbus Police Department or the Muscogee County Sheriff's Department and brought to the mall, where they face a "judge" who sets their bail.

Donations to the program may be made at other times by calling (706) 653-3188