Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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March 22, 2014

Fewer Franklin County arrests last year

Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy has released a comprehensive annual report of activity and related information for 2013. Deputies arrested 531, which is an 11 percent decrease from 2012, on these charges: warrants, 223; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, 55; possession of marijuana, 39; battery or domestic battery, 29; minor consumption or possession of alcohol, 27; possession of a controlled substance, 24.

Also, burglary or theft, 21; disorderly conduct, 16; driving while suspended, 15; public intoxication, 14; sales of a controlled substance and resisting law enforcement, eight each; leaving the scene of an accident, seven; neglect of a dependent and habitual traffic violator, six each; criminal recklessness, five; public indecency, four; trespass, intimidation and invasion of privacy, three each; forgery, assisting a criminal, false informing or reporting, criminal mischief and visiting or maintaining a common nuisance, two each; arson, check fraud, child molesting, felon in possession of a firearm and furnishing alcohol to a minor, one each.

Deputies responded to 8,872 calls for service, which is a 1 percent increase over 2012 calls. Among the calls of service that were investigated: traffic stops, 1381; 911 hangups and accidental dials, 764; suspicious persons, vehicles and activities, 647; property damage accidents, 483; burglaries and thefts, 345; business and residential alarms, 301; domestic disturbances and batteries, 247; business and residential checks, 246; personal injury accidents, 97; and fatality accidents, four.

A total of 712 inmates, 547 males and 165 females, were housed in the security center throughout 2013. :These 712 inmates served a total of 22,021 days ... at a cost of $58 per day, based on statistics provided by the Indiana Department of Corrections,” according to the report.

The average monthly inmate population was 57 throughout the year, lower than the maximum capacity of 75. Jail staff prepared and served 66,063 meals. The jail used 2.67 million gallons of city water at a cost of $15,419, 767,127 kilowatt hours of electricity at a cost of $61,305 and 14,729 units (therm usage) of natural gas at a cost of $13,419.

Deputies drove 287,325 miles in 2013, averaging 23,944 per month. The transport officer drove 36,394 miles, conducting 184 prisoner transports to and from Tristate Department of Corrections facilities.

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