Letter to the Editor

Is information being concealed?

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Editor's note: Rick Gann is a candidate for Sheriff.

To the editor:

During my campaign for Sheriff of Bedford County, I have had many conversations asking how my administration would differ from the current administration. Truthful reporting of incidents regarding the public safety is of extreme importance.

For example. On March 24th of this year, an inmate confined to the Bedford County Jail workhouse, escaped undetected. During the time he was free, warrants indicate, he forcibly broke into his girlfriend's residence, assaulting her and violating an order of protection. Additionally, he returned to the workhouse, also undetected. This incident was not made public.

The only incident made public was his escape and capture a few days later when he was observed running out the open back gate of the Bedford County Jail workhouse. He was apprehended some 10 minutes later hiding in a tree area. This single incident was reported to the paper.

As a Bedford County resident/ do you feel safe in not being made aware of similar incidents happening in our county?

Rick Gann,


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  • And what are these 'similar incidents?'

    It is likely that the electorate of Bedford County knows all reporting should be truthful. 'Truthful' does not mean everything should be reported. 'Security' is considered first, which involves assessing the danger of an escapee to the public. Feeling 'safe' varies, since all escapees are not the same. An escape is an individual situation, and calls for a individual response. Securing a crime has a protocol; so does the release of news, which in the instance of an escape, could help or hinder apprehension of the prisoner. The sheriff's department is not a 'tell all' entity, An escape is not a simple occurrence; it has a legal context, which must be considered.

    -- Posted by Bob Scruggs on Fri, Jul 13, 2018, at 8:03 PM
  • Austin Swing has done a great job turning the sheriffs department around from where it us under the previous sheriff and his people, constant lawsuits, employee thefts etc... During this time Mr. Gann had no problem working there only after a lot of this was straightened up was there an issue. It is hard vote for someone who says they are worthy of holding that office and then is always running it down, and someone who walked out and did not give a 2 week notice leaving the shift short in the county. I will agree with him though that there is information being concealed in this election but much of it is concerning what Mr. Gann did (or actually didn't do) about drugs when he was still a police officer here for someone who says they will fight drugs. Also why is it you never mention your military service?

    -- Posted by JimboWill on Thu, Jul 19, 2018, at 8:36 PM
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