VAN WERT — Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released an activity report for his office for February of 2018. During that time, department cruisers totaled 29,949 miles while on patrol, answering citizen’s complaints, serving criminal and civil papers, performing other office functions and transporting prisoners to state institutions, according to the report. Deputies responded to 325 calls for service and investigated 159 citizen’s complaints, with reports filed and130 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Officials filed 12 criminal cases as a result of investigations in February. There were 14 traffic accidents investigated during the month, with 35 traffic citations and 44 traffic warnings issued.
The K-9 team conducted 181 perimeter checks of buildings, two drug searches, one building search and four assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The Detective Bureau received nine new criminal investigations in February and filed three felony charges, three misdemeanor charges, provided 10 assists to other agencies and executed four search warrants.
There were 44 new or renewed handgun concealed carry licenses issued during February.
The county communications center received 2606 phone calls in February, including 276 calls to 911. A law enforcement agency was dispatched to 109 calls, an EMS agency was dispatched to 76 calls and a fire agency was dispatched to 16 calls. Multiple agencies were dispatched to 18 calls.
The Van Wert County jail housed 190 prisoners in February, with 119 prisoners received and 113 released. The average daily inmate count at jail was 73. There were 35 prisoner transports made by deputies involving 42 prisoners for a total of 6,504 miles in February. The prisoner work crews worked a total 1,063 hours at the jail.
Prisoners housed for other counties generated $40,590 in February and $90,630 through the first two months of the year.