Recently, Calhoun County has had its share of violent crimes...the police officer who was killed recently, the man who died from being shot by Oxford PD after a domestic disturbance call with a gun involved, and then the Papa John's robbery-murder. I get so tired of hearing people say, "What is happening to OUR town?" What is happening to your town has been happening to your town for years now! It's a regular town just like anywhere else in the United States! Crime is everywhere! Just because you may not hear about it or it may not get reported and end up on the 6 o'clock news or in the newspaper, doesn't mean it isn't happening! People think just because they live in Alabama or a small town in Alabama that it is the safest place in the world. People like to hide behind their small-town-naivety and pretend that Christianity is the answer to a crime-free town. If they don't see it, then it is not happening. If they pray and go to church, then it is not happening.
I was born and raised for most of my life in Southern California. My husband was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both Riverside (where I'm from) and Milwaukee are big ciites and have higher than usual crime rates. Where we come from, we know violence and crimes happen every day. However, if every crime in these small towns were reported and investigated, people would probably be surprised to realize that small town crimes are just as bad as big city crimes.
People need to wake up and smell reality! Oxford, Anniston, Heflin, Talladega, etc. all have crimes going on! There are drugs in the communities. There are child molesters and rapists in the communities. There are thieves in the communities. There are killers in the communities! Criminals love small towns, by the way. Why? Because they are rarely noticed! Think about that next time you think your small town is safe!