Over 15,000 calls to sheriff’s department in 2016


By Chris Cooper - [email protected]



Three reports were released Tuesday by the Sheriff’s Department, South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force and the Emergency Communications Center (ECC-911) concerning crime in Logan County. According to sheriff Wallace Whittaker the amount of calls his department received over the last year have been about the same as the year before.

The Logan County Sheriff’s Department responded to 15,230 calls between January 2016 and December 2017, according to the report Whittaker handed out Tuesday, Jan. 10 fiscal court meeting.

“There is not a lot of difference in last fiscal year,” said Whittaker responding to a question magistrate Jo Orange asked him. “It is about the same amount.”

Some of the calls that sheriff Whittaker and his deputies responded to over the last 12 months included: 851 citizen assists, 231 animal incidents, 358 alarms, 107 criminal mischief, 149 domestic in progress, 8 littering, 1 severe bleeding, 14 mentally ill patients, 55 prowlers, 9 rapes, 141 road hazards, 4 scams, 12 sex offenses, 7 stabbings, 55 suicidal subjects, 4 suicides, 4 suspicious smells, 616 attempt to serve warrant, 31 alcohol intoxicated subjects, 2 boating accidents, 75 driving under the influence, 3 dead carcass, 61 child custody disputes, 117 harassment, 43 locked out of vehicles, 12 loud music, 30 unresponsive patients, 37 missing juveniles, 79 K-9 requests, 393 reckless driving, 198 suspicious persons, 199 theft of property, and 2,840 traffic stops.

Whittaker also released the December 2016 Citation Report by itself which included: 38 traffic charges, 3 no drivers license, 4 driving under the influence, 3 alcohol intoxication, 5 assaults, 2 assaulting a police officer, 2 resisting arrest, 4 wanton endangerment, 70 serving bench warrants, 4 criminal trespassing, 7 methamphetamine, 6 trafficking in marijuana, 18 possession of methamphetamine, 1 heroin, 20 DP and 102 serving papers.

Jacky Hunt, Director for the South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, reported 66 cases opened from October 1 through December 31, 2016. Out of those, 19 were for drug paraphernalia, 13 for marijuana, 12 for methamphetamine, 10 for cocaine, 3 for heroin, 7 for prescription drugs, 6 handguns, and 2 other drugs.

“We are seeing a lot of methamphetamine and prescription drugs,” said Hunt. “The meth is coming out of Mexico.”

Hunt said there is also a rise in marijuana once again. The director said there in marijuana present at almost every bust they make.

“With the legalization of marijuana in some of the states it has increased production from other states,” said Hunt. “Marijuana comes in from Mexico but the higher quality marijuana comes from being grown inside the U.S.”

There are fewer homegrown meth labs in Logan County because the drug is now being filtered through Mexico because it’s easy to get across the border, said Hunt.

“We are battling this every day and we are doing everything we can to fight illegal drugs,” Hunt added.

The last four months of 2016, there were 64 burglaries and 158 theft of property crimes in Logan County according to the Emergency Communications Center. Ginger Lawrence heads up the ECC, which takes the incoming calls and logs them through the Computer Aided Dispatch.

In September 2016 there was a total of 13 burglaries. Seven were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, five by the Russellville Police Department and one by the Auburn Police Department. There was a total of 36 theft of properties. Eleven were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, 22 by the Russellville Police Department and three by the Adairville Police Department.

In October 2016, there was a total of 19 burglaries. Seven were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, 10 by the Russellville Police Department, one by the Auburn Police Department and one by the Lewisburg Police Department. There was a total of 42 theft of properties. Sixteen were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and 26 by the Russellville Police Department and three by the Adairville Police Department.

In November 2016, there was a total of 15 burglaries. Seven were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and eight by the Russellville Police Department. There was a total of 32 theft of properties. Twelve were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, 18 by the Russellville Police Department, one by the Adairville Police Department and one by the Auburn Police Department.

In December 2016, there was a total of 17 burglaries. Nine were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and seven by the Russellville Police Department and one by the Auburn Police Department. There was a total of 48 theft of properties. Seventeen were worked by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, 27 by the Russellville Police Department, two by the Adairville Police Department and two by the Auburn Police Department.

There were 11 vehicles stolen, six identity thefts and four theft of services.

By Chris Cooper

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To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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