Crimes, citations rise by 136 percent at Roaring River

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Park ranger takes proactive approach, makes mark in state park

Incident reports at Roaring River State Park jumped by 136.7 percent between 2013 and 2014.

In March 2014, the Missouri State Park Rangers hired Steve Jabben as a full-time ranger at Roaring River State Park, said Steph Deidrick, division information officer for Missouri State Parks.

"He has taken a proactive approach to patrol and enforcement within the park, which has resulted in an increase in the number of incident reports, citations and arrests and traffic stops," Deidrick said, "In particular, there was an increase in wildlife code incidents and conservation citations."

In 2014, the park had 71 incident reports, compared with 30 reports in 2013. Last year's reports included two stealing incidents, a burglary, two DWIs, two narcotic drug violations, a sex offense, a property damage incident, three non-criminal property damage incidents, 10 traffic offenses, four motor vehicle accidents, five personal injuries, three medical emergencies, 23 wildlife code violations and three assists with other agencies.

In 2013, the park's reports included an auto theft or tampering with a motor vehicle; two stealing incidents; a burglary; an incident dealing with forgery, counterfeiting or fraud; three property damage incidents; three non-criminal property damage incidents; a DWI; three motor vehicle accidents; a personal injury; two medical emergencies; a wildlife code violation; and three assists with other agencies.

In 2014, the miles patrolled related to Roaring River State Park decreased due to an increase in the use of bicycle and foot patrol, Deidrick said.

In 2013--2014, Roaring River State Park had more than 1.1 million visitors.

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