Police Chiefs E.K. Harper, W.S. Simpkins and R.J. Ward have told The Logan Banner that their departments have all seen some increased activity as the spring turned into summer.
The City of Logan Police Department handled 30 complaints in May leading to 29 arrests that month. The Logan PD also dealt with six accident reports and issued 59 municipal citations. 21 citations were paid in full including $318 in red ticket money and $1,008 in yellow ticket money.
In June the Logan Police Department's complaints leaped to 38 taken with 28 arrests. The department handled three accident reports and issued 42 municipal citations collecting in full for 21 with $150 in red ticket money and $1,096 in yellow ticket money.
In July the Logan P.D. took 36 complaints and made 33 arrests. Nine accident reports were handled and 37 municipal traffic citations were issued. 14 were paid in full with the tally for red ticket money at $115 and $1,255 in yellow ticket money.
Chief Harper announced his department had received an additional $20,000 in levy funding courtesy of the Logan County Commission.
Harper's department is one man stronger with former officer Aaron Newsome returning to service with the Logan PD. Newsome was sworn in on Aug. 11. Harpers' department will also be getting another vehicle soon. Harper told the City Council it had around $20,000 in grant money left that it had to use or lose and recommended purchasing a new four wheel drive vehicle on state contract bid with it.
"Another four wheel drive would be good to have for the winter and for inclement weather," Harper noted.
The town of Man also has a new police officer bringing the department up to five members noted Chief W.S. "Steve" Simpkins.
The town council recently approved the hiring of officer Andrew Williams as a full time patrolman.
From June 1, through June 30, the Man Police Department handled one felony arrest; eight misdemeanor arrests on 15 charges including three felony capias arrests, three DUIs, one driving revoked, one obstructing arrest, one possession of a controlled substance arrest, one public intoxication arrest, one underage consumption arrest and one domestic battery arrest.
The Man Police Department issued 16 citations in June on 24 charges including DUIs, DUI with a minor in the vehicle, two failure to produce a driver's license, four speeding tickets, two driving revoked, two no insurance, three no proof of registration, one driving left of center, one no child restraint and three passing in a no passing zone citations; and two warning citations. Man PD also handled one accident investigation in June.
West Logan Police Chief Robert Ward said that his municipality has seen some increased incidents of theft and vandalism as well as more complaints about moving violations this summer.