Outraged citizens bring reward to $450 for pigs
by Alan Reed
Aug 22, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week The Cadiz Record issued a call for community involvement to bring vandals to justice for destroying the decorative Ham Festival pig statues seen throughout Cadiz. Vyron Mitchell, general manager of the newspaper, offered a $250 reward for information leading to the arrest of the culprits and called upon community leaders to do the same.

The effort was brought about following the destruction of another of the pigs, this time in front of Cadiz Florist. Several of the pigs have either been stolen or damaged along Main Street in the downtown area.

By Monday of this week two area residents came forth to join the effort. Action Cash owner Shirley Rice and another Cadiz resident each contributed $100 to the reward fund.

Cadiz City officials and county officials said that they were unable to contribute funds to the effort.

Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said, “It’s up to the council to make the call and I have not talked to them yet.” He added that he had not spoken to the city budget committee to earmark funds within the budget.

Asked if the city could use discretionary funds for a reward, Bailey said, “Those are tied up pretty tight. We’ve spent all our money to pay off the Hedley Bluff people.” He said that he had not discussed the investigation lately with Police Chief Hollis Alexander, but was “sure he was looking into it.”

Alexander told The Cadiz Record that no leads had yet to appear in the case, and did not have money within the police budget to offer. “I hope Vyron’s offer brings someone forward with information,” he added.

Cindy Sholar, Director of the Cadiz Renaissance on Main program – whose office first encouraged the purchase of the pigs by private enterprise - said that her budget came from the city, and she could not contribute to the reward fund. “I definitely think it is a good thing, but I can’t do it without approval,” she said.

For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.
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