Logan Police Chief E.K. Harper said his department made 35 arrests in June on 23 complaints. The department handled two accident investigations and issued 27 municipal traffic citations. The department collected $480 in red ticket money and $364 in yellow ticket money. Harper noted the yellow ticket money was down as the department actually ran out of the yellow tickets.
In July, the Logan PD took 31 complaints and made 29 arrests on them. Six accident reports were filed and 26 municipal traffic citations were issued. The city wrote $664 in red and yellow tickets in July.
In August, the Logan PD took 24 complaints and made 20 arrests; handled seven accident reports and issued 21 citations. $320 was collected on the citations. The city wrote almost $900 in red and yellow tickets.
Police Chief E.K. Harper said the Ruger AC556 fully automatic carbine his department inherited from a previous administration has a potential buyer.
"We checked and the city had paid the ($200 federal transfer) tax on the rifle," Harper said. We got a bid for $5,000 on it from a potential buyer; he has a Class III license.
Harper said the city's Municipal Court would be kicking off. Under the new system, many offenders will be issued citations by the Logan PD and will have to appear before the municipal judge at city hall, instead of at magistrate court for fineable offenses.
"We are now getting about 10 or 12 shoplifters a week and that should be a lot of revenue in fines coming in for the city instead of Magistrate Court," Harper said.
Harper's department will be getting some more manpower as the hiring of Robert Thompson and Jay Mullins was approved recently. Thompson is a long time city employee who will be transferring over from the parking enforcement division and Mullins is a former city police officer who will be returning to the department part time. Mayor Serafino Nolletti told The Logan Banner that both men will be great assets to the Logan PD.
The Man Police Department has also had a busy summer according to Chief W.S. "Steve" Simpkins monthly reports.
In July, the Man PD made one felony arrest for delivery of a controlled substance and six misdemeanor arrests on some 19 charges, including DUIs, obstructing an officer, battery, public intoxication and no insurance among others. The Man PD issued 23 citations on 36 charges. The department wrote two speeding tickets in July as well as tickets for no proof of insurance, no seatbelt and defective equipment and handled one accident investigation.
In August, the Man Police Department made 20 misdemeanor arrests on charges such as assault, obstructing an officer, battery, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, petit larceny and shoplifting, among others. The Man PD issued 19 citations on 29 charges and wrote one warning citation, and one speeding ticket.
One officer quipped to The Logan Banner that claims the town is obsessed with becoming a speed trap would appear to be without merit based on statistics from the past year.
According to West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward there were no accidents reported in his jurisdiction in July and for the most part, other than a few disturbances, things have been mostly quiet.
"There was one reported theft of a bicycle on Third Ave. and an arrest for Battery and Public Intoxication which was the result of a fight on the parking lot of the cigarette shop," Ward said.
In other first responder news:
Logan Fire Chief Scotty Beckett said July was the busiest month he has seen since taking over as chief with 69 calls. The department did billing for nine of them and Beckett spoke with the city council about DVD training videos which may be appropriate for local school children. Beckett said the department's old car needs to be replaced by an equipment vehicle as it was on its last legs and didn't offer much room to haul equipment anyway.
Firefighters have been carrying their gear in their personal vehicles, he said. Beckett said the new truck would cost around $28,000.
Beckett said his department handled 56 calls in June and had billed for seven calls. The department did tactical training and special events preplanning for 10 hours. Beckett noted training was down due to a very busy month which saw the department assisting with the Freedom Festival and the upcoming Little League tournament which is expected to bring 2,000 visitors to the City of Logan. Beckett noted that while the tournament is going on, there will be a shortage of local hotel rooms.
Beckett said firefighters installed a much needed peace of safety equipment known as a Field Station in the fire department, with financial assistance from the Logan County Commission.
"We have needed this for 30 years, and they helped us get it," Beckett said.