Franklin County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to 1,118 calls for service in August, which is a 12% increase over the 983 calls in 2018, according to a monthly activity report released by Sheriff Peter Cates.

The most were for traffic stops, 278, followed by 911 hangups and accidental dials, 130; business and residential checks, 74; suspicious persons and vehicles, 66; property damage accidents 36; domestic and other batteries, 27; burglaries and thefts, 21; residential and business alarms, 17; personal injury accidents, 11.

Deputies made 34 arrests in August. Sixteen were for warrants followed by operating a vehicle while intoxicated, four; possession of marijuana or paraphernalia, three; and battery or domestic battery, burglary or residential entry, theft or receiving stolen property, possession of a legend drug, driving while suspended, habitual traffic violator, public intoxication, criminal mischief, trespassing, failure to stop after an accident and criminal recklessness, one each.

An average of 59 prisoners were housed in the Franklin County Security Center, Brookville, throughout the month. Deputies drove 30,534 miles. Transport officers drove an additional 4,857 miles to conduct 16 prisoner transports, transporting 16 prisoners to and from Tristate Department of Corrections facilities. One piece of real estate was sold at a sheriff’s auction, and 134 civil process papers were served.

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