VAN WERT - Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the sheriff's office activity report for month of March 2013. Sheriffs Office cruisers traveled 24,788 miles while on patrol, answering citizen's complaints, serving criminal and civil papers, performing other sheriffs office functions and transporting prisoners to state institutions and juveniles to juvenile detention center facilities. Of the 24,788 miles driven, 3,421 miles were made on inmate transports, for a total of 24 trips.
There were 221 prisoners housed in the Van Wert Co. Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count was 37 for the month. Inmates housed for other counties generated MTD $0, YTD $0 due to lack of demand. Other inmate programs generating income, which are paid into the county general fund are: Inmate Work Release MTD $548.92, YTD $2,857.90; Inmate Phone Service MTD $631.26, YTD $1,859.40; Inmate Pay To Stay MTD $0, YTD $0; Office of Child Nutrition Services - Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $476.70, YTD $476.70. The food cost per meal per inmate was $1.04. The inmate work crews worked a total of 1,108 hours at the sheriff's office and jail.
Deputies handled a total of 113 citizens complaints, with reports being filed and handled a total of 68 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. There were 15 traffic accidents investigated during the month. There were 24 traffic citations issued to motorists and 85 traffic warnings issued.
Deputies filed 11 criminal cases. Deputies made 143 assists to motorists and other departments during the month and handled 6 funeral procession escorts. While on patrol, deputies found 52 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. Eighty-seven homes of vacationing county residents were checked for a total of 1,287 times and a total of 13 business and residential alarms were answered.
Deputies served 138 papers received from the courts during March. There were 4 sheriff sales conducted during March and 9 sheriff sales received. The Department K-9 team worked 47 perimeter checks of buildings, 8 building searches, 1 area search and 3 drug searches while on patrol. There was 3 new criminal investigations forwarded to the Detective Bureau with 1 misdemeanor charges filed, 2 search warrants and 2 subpoena were prepared. A total of 118 Web Checks were processed for residents.
There were 22 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during the month of March. There were 0 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, preschools during the month of March. There were 198 automated emails sent to county residents from the sheriff s office advising residents of sex offenders registering an address within one-mile of their residence during the month of March. There were 55 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during the month of March.