Forty-five arrests were made by Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies in May, according to Sheriff Peter Cates' activity report.

Half or 23 were due to warrants. The next largest categories were possession of a controlled substance and minor consumption or possession of alcohol, four each; operating a vehicle while intoxicated, three.

Two persons were arrested on each of these charges: possession of marijuana, domestic battery and burglary. One person was detained on each of these charges: public intoxication, invasion of privacy, theft/fraud, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while never licensed.

Deputies responded to 1,003 calls for service in May, a 20 percent increase over the 797 calls in May 2018. Among the calls for service investigated: traffic stops, 200; 911 hangups and accidental dials, 158; suspicious persons and vehicles, 56; property damage accidents, 42; domestic and other batteries, 32; burglaries/thefts, 26; business and residence checks, 20; residential and business alarms, 17; personal injury accidents, seven.

An average of 59 prisoners were housed in the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, throughout the month, lower than the maximum capacity of 75. Deputies drove 26,713 miles. Transport officers drove an additional 5,915 miles, transporting 52 prisoners to and from Tristate Department of Correction facilities. Additionally, deputies conducted 12 prisoner transports to various medical facilities for conditions that could not be treated by jail doctors.

There were 116 civil process papers served.

With the arrival of the summer months, deputies remind citizens of the increased vehicular traffic on county roads. Everyone should buckle up for safety. Deputies also emphasize that citizens should wear life vests while enjoying the summer on the water, whether it be a lake, river or private pond.

With graduation parties throughout the community, FCSD sees an increase in alcohol violations involving minors. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, in conjunction with Stayin’ Alive LLC, would like to remind parents that “Parents who Host Lose the Most.”

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