Saving gas while fighting crime!

New Media Producer: Amanda Lents

The Gibson County Sheriff's office is in danger of surpassing its $60,000 gas budget.

So, deputies are running more stationary speed traps and walking prisoners to and from the courthouse instead of driving them.

Gibson County Prosecutor Robert Krieg says some inmates are also repaying some of the fuel costs incurred during their arrests, "In some cases, we try to recoup the costs from someone who pleads guilty. Obviously, you can't squeeze blood from a turnip is the old saying, but it we find someone who has the means somehow to pay back some of the transportation costs, we certainly try to do that."

When it comes to battling the county's meth problem, deputies are monitoring fewer anhydrous ammonia tanks every night, but for longer stretches of time.