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Sheriff's office handles rising caseload

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Barry County Sheriff's Department experienced a spike in the number of cases it handled last year, according to year-end reports released last week by Sheriff Mick Epperly.

In 2007, Barry County deputies responded to 502 more cases than in 2006. Last year's caseload totalled 4,668 as compared to 4,166 in 2006. This increase reflects a 12 percent jump in caseload.

The cases handled by the sheriff's office resulted in 2,696 arrests. Of that total, 285 were drug-related arrests, which is almost identical to the 288 drug-related arrests deputies made in 2006.

In 2007, there were 172 arrests made for possession of a controlled substance, 56 for possession of drug paraphernalia, 48 for possession of marijuana and nine for trafficking drugs.

Traffic arrests last year totalled 525 as compared to 311 in 2006. This category included 274 general traffic offenses, 126 driving while intoxicated arrests and 125 arrests for driving while revoked and driving while suspended.

Other arrests made in 2007 were as follows: six-hour holds, 140; 12-hour holds, 92; 24-hour holds, 172; armed criminal action, 3; arson, 3; assault, 82; book and release, 13; burglary, 68; conspiracy, 2; court-ordered time, 14; Department of Corrections, 31; domestic assault, 21; endangering the welfare of a child, 16.

Forcible rape, 8; forcible sodomy, 7; forgery, 31; fraud, 9; failure to appear, 287; fugitive from out of state, 62; ICE holds, 29; left scene of accident, 12; non-support, 56; probation violation, 165; passing bad checks, 127; parole violation, 9; possession of burglary tools, 4; property damage, 28; receiving stolen property, 22.

Resisting arrest, 35; sexual assault, 30; shoplifting, 1; statutory rape, 2; statutory sodomy, 7; stealing/theft, 91; tampering with a vehicle, 32; trespassing, 13; unlawful use of a weapon, 11; violation of ex parte, 6; writs for court, 40; careless and imprudent driving, 13; disorderly conduct, 27.

Felonious restraint, 2; identity theft, 2; tampering with a witness/victim, 1; minor in possession, 25; possession of defaced firearm, 1; open container, 7; illegal weapons, 4; failure to return to confinement, 1; failure to register as sex offender, 4; possession of child pornography, 1; stalking, 1; illegal wildlife, 2; contempt of court, 11; and murder, 3.

The average daily census at the Barry County Jail continued to climb in 2007, rising from 44 in 2006 to 48 this past year, according to statistics compiled by Jan Smith, jail administrator. The maximum bed capacity at the jail is 32.

The total number of people booked into the jail during 2007 was 1,598. According to Smith, the lowest jail occupancy during 2007 was 29 and the highest was 66.

In addition to reporting arrest totals, the sheriff's office issued a breakdown of cases it responded to in 2007. They are as follows: 12-hour hold self protect, 11; 30-hour safe keep, 1; 96-hour mental evaluation, 10; abandoned vehicle on personal property, 1; abandoned motor vehicle, 4; abuse of child, 16.

Accidental shooting, 3; aggravated stalking, 3; animal abuse, 11; animal neglect, 14; armed criminal action, 1; arson in the second degree, 8; assault in the first degree, 6; assault in the second degree, 32; assault in the third degree, 157; assaulting a law officer, 3; attempt to escape from custody, 3.

Attempted suicide, 4; burglary in the first degree, 16; burglary in the second degree, 161; careless and imprudent driving, 6; check kiting, 1; child abuse-serious emotional injury, 2; child molestation, 6; conspiracy, 1; controlled substance in jail, 4; counterfeiting, 4; custody dispute, 7; damage to jail, 3.

Death investigation, 21; defraud security system, 1; distributing controlled substance near school, 2; distribution of a controlled substance, 1; dog bite, 4; driving while revoked, 1; drug violation, 13; driving while intoxicated, 31; elder abuse, 2; endangering the welfare of a child, 13; escape custody, 1; failure to dispose of animal carcass, 1.

Failure to register as a sex offender, 2; false impersonation, 2; file false report, 1; forcible sodomy, 5; forcible rape, 6; forgery, 29; fraud, 8; fraudulent use of a credit/debit card, 19; fraudulent sue of a credit device, 2; fugitive, 1; harassment, 45; hindering prosecution, 1.

Identity theft, 22; information, 130; interfering with custody, 2; kidnapping, 6; knowingly burning or exploding, 5; littering, 6; lost/stolen property, 46; mail fraud, 1; mail tampering, 1; making a false report, 1; minor in possession, 4; minor visibly intoxicated, 3; missing juvenile, 3; missing person, 6.

Murder in the first degree, 2; other agency assist, 4; parental kidnapping, 2; peace disturbance, 2; possession of a controlled substance, 20; possession of prohibited items in jail; possession of marijuana under 35 grams, 18; possession of a controlled substance with intent to create, 3; possession of drug paraphernalia, 5; procurement for minor, 1.

Prohibited acts, 1; property damage, 192; rape, 8; receiving stolen property over $150, 2; receiving stolen property, 9; resisting/interfering with arrest, 3; robbery in the second degree, 2; runaway juvenile, 9; safe school act, 2; selling beer to a minor, 1; selling tobacco to a minor, 1; sexual misconduct, 3; sexual abuse, 3.

Sodomy, 1; stalking, 1; statutory rape, 17; stealing firearm, 7; stealing, 277; stealing debit/credit cards, 2; stealing animals, 10; stealing motor vehicle, 19; suicide, 3; supplying liquor to an intoxicated person, 3; tampering with a motor vehicle, 57; tampering with utilities, 3; tampering in the second degree, 3; tampering with a judicial officer, 1.

Tatooing/branding body, 1; terrorist threats, 8; theft from mail, 2; trespassing, 27; unattended death, 2; unclassified, 74; unlawful use of a weapon, 9; vandalism, 1; vandalize cemetery, 1; vehicle unattended, 1; violation adult abuse act, 4; violation of ex parte order, 18; and wellbeing check, 5.



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