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Free Paper On Fugitives Debuts In Area Stores

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Robert Holly, Crime Times publisher Robert Holly, Crime Times publisher

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A newspaper targeting wanted criminals has debuted in area convenience stores.

The first edition of Crime Times is in stores and some readers have already recognized some of the faces.

"We have several papers in here and people like to look at that stuff," said an employee at Cardwell's Market in Nashville.

It's the first edition of the Crime Times.

People can read about most wanted lists from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Metro's police precincts. 

If anyone recognizes someone in the newspaper, there are phone numbers listed to call police.

"We walked in a store and a gentleman's grandson is in here," said Robert Holly.

The monthly periodical was is the brainchild of Holly and a partner. They got the idea from a newspaper they saw in Orlando, Fla.

"It's mostly comedy relief. It was kind of the theme of it with an ex-con doing the paper.  We had the idea to take the same idea and make it more about public safety.

That idea became the eight-page newspaper. There are several sponsors and advertisers including Crime Stoppers.

Right now total circulation is 25,000. People appear to be picking them up.

At the Hermitage Café, the woman in the kitchen picked one up and immediately recognized someone.

"Well, it's shocking sometimes to see something like that. You know, a person you thought you knew," she said.

A top 10 most wanted list is posted in the lobbies of most Metro police precincts.

At East Precinct Sgt. Anna Maria Williams welcomes one more way to get out the message.

"I think any tool we can get to help catch bad guys is a good thing," Williams said.

Everyone knows the key to making it work depends on customers and if they'll call police.

"I think people will probably look at it. It's just getting people to follow through," said one man at a market.

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