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November 1, 2012

Ripon girls donate money for drug detection dog

Two Ripon girls pitched in on the police department’s effort to buy a drug detection dog. According to Ripon Police, B’elanna Morriss, 11, and and Aidan Morriss, 10, stopped by the police department Wednesday to drop off a donation.

Two Ripon girls pitched in on the Police Department's effort to buy a drug detection dog.

According to Ripon police, B'elanna Morriss, 11, and Aidan Morriss, 10, stopped by the Police Department on Wednesday to drop off a donation.

The girls earned the money recycling glass and aluminum and got a contribution from their grandmother. According to a news release, the girls told police they want to help catch "bad guys" and stop drugs in Ripon.

Chief Ed Ormonde accepted the money, saying, "We are proud to see young Riponites contributing in ways that are heartwarming expressions of concern for their community."

Sgt. Steve Merchant said the donation put the department closer to its goal of $5,000 needed to buy a dog. Officers did not disclose the amount of the girls' donation.

"Just the fact that these kids wanted to donate any amount was really touching," he said.

Ripon hasn't had a drug detection dog since its first one, Topper, retired last month.

"He was a great dog," Merchant said in an e-mail. Topper found more than 70 pounds of drugs. "He assisted local, state and federal agencies whenever they called. He and his handler officer Gordon West were there to serve."

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