VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the sheriff’s office monthly activity report for the October 2017. Sheriff’s office cruisers traveled 30,583 miles while on patrol, answering citizens’ complaints, serving criminaland civil papers, performing other sheriff’s office functions and transporting prisoners to state institutions and juveniles to juvenile detention center facilities. Deputies responded to 341 calls for service in October.

Deputies investigated a total of 160 citizens’ complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 130 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed eight criminal cases as a result of investigations in October. There were 17 traffic accidents investigated during October. Deputies issued 36 traffic citations and 54 traffic warnings to motorists. They provided 207 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled seven funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, deputies found 54 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 54 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 763 times. Deputies responded to four business and residential alarms. They also served 55 criminal and civil process received from the courts during October.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted five perimeter checks of buildings, 12 drug searches, no building searches, no area searches, no tracks, and three assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The K-9 team also presented one K-9 demonstrations to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office certified car seat technician installed two car seats for families in October. 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 Over-the-Counter Medication and Prescription Medication curriculum was taught to no sixth and eighth graders. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy provided Child Safety, Good Drug/Bad Drug, and Bullying education to no K-4 students. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy also provided no children with photo ID’s that were for their parents as part of the Child Photo ID program.

The Detective Bureau received six new criminal investigations in October. The Detective Bureau filed no felony charges, no misdemeanor charges, provided 13 assists to other agencies, executed three search warrants, prepared two subpoenas and recovered $0 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted three sheriff sales in October and received seven sheriff sales in October. There were 92 Web Checks processed for residents. There were 17 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during October. There were 30 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during October. There were no sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during October. There were 611 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 October. It is estimated that approximately 12.62 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 2,907 phone calls in October. There were 324 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 293 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 254 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 143 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 101 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 10 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 23 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 1,023 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 183 prisoners in October. There were 119 prisoners received and 123 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 74 for the month of October. There were 27 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 31 prisoners for a total of 4,897 miles in October.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 1120 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $242.79, YTD $12,066.24; Inmate Phone Service MTD $1,169.09, YTD $6,525.54; Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0, YTD $0; Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $306.58, YTD $3,202.98. The food cost per inmate meal was 99 cents. Prisoners housed for other counties generated MTD $43,470, YTD $63,855.

The dog warden traveled 1,247 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. He investigated 28 complaints, impounded eight dogs. The Dog Warden sold no registration tags, issued seven citations and eight warnings. He also provided four assists to other agencies.