Sheriff credits TV station with arrest
A woman wanted for failing to appear in court showed up on the Newsplex February 3 talking about the safety of the Westhaven neighborhood following a homicide.
An Albemarle sheriff's deputy recognized Ernestine Rawlings from her TV appearance, and went to Westhaven, where he learned that she was regularly in that neighborhood dropping off a relative in her white van, but she lived on Webland Park, according to a release from Sheriff Chip Harding.
Deputies arrested Rawlings there February 4, and Harding issued this advice to fugitives: Don't be interviewed by TV reporters because you'll be on the 6 o'clock news.
In the past 60 days, the Sheriff's Office has arrested 26 other fugitives.