New Waterford police activity steady in 2013

NEW WATERFORD – While drug activity was up slightly from 2013, Police Chief Dan Haueter said overall police activity was about the same as last year.

At least one council member was happy to see speeding on state Route 46 (Columbiana-Waterford Road), that runs through the village, had been addressed.

Councilwoman Doris Ogle expressed her concern about truck traffic through town during Tuesday’s council meeting and commended the police for it.

“A big thank you to our policemen,” she said and Mayor Shane Patrone said they’ve done a good job and there aren’t as many speeding complaints.

Those complaints topped the citation/complaint chart with 562 tickets issued for speeding.

There were 43 citations and complaints for miscellaneous traffic offense, 36 for driving under suspension seven seat belt violations and two OVIs for a total of 650 for the year.

There were 308 arrests/complaints for the year with medical assists leading that breakdown with 28 followed by 23 juvenile arrests/complaints and 22 suspicious persons and circumstances.

There were 20 civil and verbal dispute arrests/complaints followed by 17 assists to other departments and 14 drug and animal complaints each.

Police reported 12 traffic crashes and 12 noise complaints/arrests and 10 each theft/fraud arrests/complaints, criminal damage/mischief and lockouts followed by eight welfare checks, eight phone harassments and seven each alarm drops and 911 hang-ups.

There were five D.A.V./ATV and five reckless operation arrests/complaints.

Police also recorded four fight/assault arrests/complaints and there were three each burglary, persons to be removed, open door, and public intoxication arrests/complaints.

Police said there were two public assists, two each arrests/complaints for failure to display dog tags and dogs running at large.

There was one arrest/complaint for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, one for carrying a concealed weapon and one dead on arrival report.