VAN WERT – Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for November 2017.

Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 30,476 miles while on patrol, answering citizen’s complaints, serving criminal and civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transporting prisoners to State Institutions and juvenile’s to Juvenile Detention Center Facilities. Deputies responded to 353 calls for service in November.

Deputies investigated a total of 158 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 135 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed eight criminal cases as a result of investigations in November. There were 25 traffic accidents investigated during November. Deputies issued 41 traffic citations and 47 traffic warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 210 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled five funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 56 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 58 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 946 times. Deputies responded to 10 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 48 criminal and civil process received from the courts during November.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 97 perimeter checks of buildings, 51 drug searches, one building searches, zero area searches, one track, and 11 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force.

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed three car seats for families in November. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 144 fifth grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 55 seventh and eighth grade students the D.A.R.E. middle school curriculum.



The Detective Bureau received five new criminal investigations in November. The Detective Bureau filed zero felony charges, zero misdemeanor charges, provided 10 assists to other agencies, executed one search warrant, prepared zero  subpoenas and recovered $250,000.00 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted zero Sheriff sales in November and received two Sheriff Sales in November. There were 50 web checks processed for residents. There were 20 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during November. There were 18 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during November. There were 441 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during November. There were 46 automated emails sent to county residents from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office advising residents of sex offenders registering an address within one-mile of their residence in November. It is estimated that approximately 13 percent of Van Wert County residents are currently signed up to receive automated emails on sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 2,750 phone calls in November. There were 299 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 263 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 234 of the 9-1-1 calls where the Communication Center dispatched an agency to respond to the 9-1-1 call. A law enforcement agency was dispatched to 135 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 91 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to eight calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 20 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 809 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 187 prisoners in November. There were 127 prisoners received and 110 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 75 for the month of November. There were 17 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 18 prisoners for a total of 2,923 miles in November.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 1,265 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $0.00 YTD $12,066.24. Inmate Phone Service MTD $1,092.04 YTD $7,617.58 Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $367.20 YTD $3,570.18. The food cost per inmate was $1.28 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $40,725.00 YTD $104,580.00.

The Dog Warden traveled 1,836 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 36 complaints and impounded eight dogs. The Dog Warden sold zero registration tags, issued zero citations and five warnings. The Dog Warden also provided one assist to other agencies.