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February 4, 2014

Ripley County Sheriff's Office releases 2013 stats

The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office has released its 2013 activity report, according to Sheriff Tom Grills.

There were 608 criminal cases, up 58 from 2012. Out of these cases, 373 were either closed or resulted in arrest, and 235 cases remain open and under investigation. That is an increase from 2012 at roughly a 61 percent closure rating, up 5 percent. The most frequent charge was theft, just as in 2012 and previous years, with 163.

Offenses include alcohol related, 117; drug related, 86; misdemeanor/felony traffic, 42; juvenile related, 31; domestic, 126; and miscellaneous against persons/property, 324.

Deputies investigated 432 motor vehicle accidents. There were 371 property damage accidents and 61 personal injury accidents with 86 people being injured and 1one fatality. The most frequent cause of accidents was an animal in the roadway, primarily deer.

Last year, 3,291 civil process papers were served. That’s an increase of 350. Civil process includes subpoenas, summons, notification of sheriff’s sales, eviction notices, small claims actions, complaints and tax warrants. In addition, 396 warrants were served, 293 by the sheriff’s office. There were 328 firearm permits applied for or renewed through the Sheriff’s Office, an increase of 118.

Ripley County Reserve Officers worked over 1858.5 hours. They served 741 civil process notices and 15 warrants.

At the Ripley County Jail, there were 841 prisoners, an increase of 108 persons, booked into the facility. The total number of inmate beds was 102, 86 male and 16 female. This does not include 20 work release beds, a temporary holding cell, medical cell or detox cell.

For 2013, the top reasons for book-ins/offenses at the jail were for operating while intoxicated, 238; possession of marijuana, 98; possession of paraphernalia, 96; theft, 89; battery/domestic battery on law enforcement, 84; possession of cocaine/narcotic/controlled substance, 78; check deception/fraud, 77; driving while suspended, 46; no locals, hold for another facility, 45; resisting law enforcement, 39; and illegal consumption/possession of alcohol, 34.

The jail staff documented 177 177 Incidents, including inmate fights, critical medical incidents, destruction of jail property, facility trafficking, disrespecting jail staff, failure to obey rules and contraband found during shakedowns.

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