Benefit for Deputies This Weekend

Lauderdale County, Miss. The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department is sponsoring a fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 24, to help two deputies battling cancer, Deputy Hubert "Sarge" Rivers and Sgt. Thomas Robinson.

Scam artists from out of state are now trying to profit from the event. Officers say it's a new low.

"In today's society, anybody at any time can be a victim, even the sheriff's department," said Sheriff Billy Sollie.

According to investigators, scam artists from out of state have solicited donations via phone by fraudulently stating that the donations will go to the department's fundraiser this weekend.

Sheriff Sollie stresses that the out-of-state solicitation is a scam.

"We contact businesses and individuals that we know personally to solicit funds," said Sollie. "I know that our staff has contacted a number of businesses here recently for this event. We've been getting door prizes to be given away, but these days most people have caller ID and it comes up Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department when we call them."

When it comes to benefits such as this one the sheriff says that the best thing to do is to go directly to the source, and find out whether or not the claim is true.

"If you have a question, contact us," said Sollie.

Numerous door prizes have been collected. And organizers say it will be packed with music, food and fun.

"We're going to have a long day of just good family fun," said Lt. Andy Hatcher.

The event Saturday at Northeast Park includes a car show and vehicle extravaganza that will be held throughout the day.

Registration will start at 9 a.m. Other activities include demonstrations from local fire departments, a booth where people can dunk the sheriff, raffles, a hydro-powered go-cart and more. Live music will start at 4 p.m. For more information call (601) 917-8463.

Hubert "Sarge" Rivers
Thomas Robinson