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WINNSBORO- Two weeks ago, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one-vehicle accident about 8:45 a.m. on Hwy 34 East near Mood Harrison Rd, just east of Ridgeway. According to the Fairfield County Sheriff’s department, this vehicle was stolen from another jurisdiction and the juvenile occupant fled the scene on foot. The Sheriff’s Bloodhound Tracking Team was deployed and the juvenile was apprehended in a wooded area near the incident location at about 12:15 p.m.

Many residents in the incident location were kept informed as the drama unfolded and even as the capture occurred, thanks to the County’s Emergency Alert Program, according to Major Brad Douglas of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s department.

“This is a very important tool can keep area residents informed of incidents that have occurred near them and keep them in the loop about what’s going on,” Douglas told The Voice. “It’ a tool similar to Reverse 911 that we use to give residents information about incidents that may have occurred near them and to keep them informed as these situations play out.

“The service is free, and all residents in the County can take advantage of it,” Douglas said. “It’s the most efficient mechanism we have for keeping citizens informed about evolving situations such as this one,” Douglas said. “But, it is only useful if residents have registered for it.”

For information about the service or to register, contact the Fairfield County Sheriff’s office at 635-4242.