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Some Katrina Evacuees at Camp Dawson Have Criminal Records
Posted Sunday, September 18, 2005 ; 07:13 PM

State Police say about half of the Katrina evacuees who came to West Virginia have criminal records.

Story by Elizabeth Schubert ( Email | Bio ) and The Associated Press

Troopers began fingerprinting the victims when they arrived at Charleston's Yeager Airport. The F-B-I says of the nearly 350 who came here, 45 percent of the evacuees had past criminal records. Twenty-two percent have committed a violent crime.

Two evacuees were arrested for alleged sexual assault, but Joe Thornton, a spokesman for the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, says they haven't had any more problems. Thornton says there is no restriction on who comes to the state.

Copyright 2006 West Virginia Media. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.



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