An unidentified caller who helped capture suspects in a June 1997 murder case will receive the largest payoff in the history of the Douglas County Crime Stoppers program.
The caller -- whose identity and gender is kept secret through the tip program -- told authorities information that led to the arrest of two men in connection with Robert Baldwin's death.
Deon N. Hale has been charged with first-degree murder and Helushka Wells has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery and aiding a felon in the shooting.
Tom Moore, the Lawrence Police officer who is in charge of the program, said Crime Stoppers board members approved a $1,000 reward during their monthly meeting Thursday. Until then, the largest reward was $500. The program has been in Douglas County since 1994.
The reward money is gathered through private donations and fund raisers.
Also on Thursday, board members elected Walt Houk as president of the board. Houk is president of Travellers Inc., 831 Mass.