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Arrests up, crashes down in 2018

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

The number of arrests made by the Grant County Sheriff's Department went up in 2018, according to Capt. Ed Beaty.

The law enforcement agency made 1,702 felony and misdemeanor arrests, 1,360 traffic citations and gave 1,997 warnings last year. Those figures are higher than the past two years' numbers, Beaty said.

Beaty presented these figures in a year-end report to the Grant County Sheriff's Department Merit Board Thursday.

The Sheriff's Department said accidents are down slightly from last year.

The agency had 490 property-damage-only crashes, 85 accidents with injuries and nine fatal accidents, although Beaty said Indiana State Police was the lead agency for all fatals last year.

At the Grant County Jail, there was an average population of 283.9 for the year. The jail's capacity is 274.

In total, 3,294 inmates were booked into the jail in 2018, 896 female and 2,398 male.

The average population of the Juvenile Detention Center was 9.58, with a total capacity of 46.

The detention center billed other counties $177,100 in 2018 to house out-of-county kids.

Beaty reported Grant County's D-home billed Blackford, Cass, Huntington, Miami, Sullivan and Wabash counties in December alone.

The total revenue from out-of-county inmates is up from last year, but down from 2016, Beaty said.

In emergency services, the county's dispatch center received 74,537 calls for service last year, including 67,547 calls for police, 4,946 calls for emergency medical services, and 1,881 calls for fire.

The Sheriff's Department also made 15 out-of-state inmate transports, double the number it had in 2017. Officers traveled as far as Florida, Georgia and Texas in 2018 to pick up people arrested on Grant County warrants around the country.

Capt. Randy Albertson wasn't sure why the number was higher in 2018.

“If someone gets arrested in another state, we've got to go pick them up,” Albertson said.