Police chief: 303 reports in October

CALCUTTA — St. Clair Township police reported its highest monthly activity count thus far in 2016 as the department presented its latest activity report during Tuesday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

Presented by Police Chief Donald Hyatt, a total of 303 reports were called in to the department during October, an increase of nearly 100 reports compared to a month before and surpassing July’s count of 284 to become the year’s highest month of activity.

Among the largest number of the activities reported were 103 total incident reports, 87 arrests, 74 traffic citations, 39 traffic crash reports, 15 incidents/documentation, 12 traffic stops and 10 theft cases. Six of the seven activities in double digits reported increases with the exception of theft, which was down from September.

Officers also reported six public assistance requests, five juvenile problems, five suspicious activities, five vandalisms, five warrant services, four investigating disturbances, four towed vehicles, three accidents, three breaking-and-enterings, three burglaries, three domestics, two alarm drops, two drug activities, two drug overdoses, two fraud cases, and one case each of Code 10, disabled vehicle, fighting, investigation, lost item, mental subject, missing person, noise complaint, one to be removed, public intoxication, receiving, telephone harassment, and welfare check.

Of those cases, only four activities — drug activity, investigating disturbances, investigation and vandalism–saw decreases from a month earlier while the other activities increased or remained steady compared to September.

In other business:

— Road Supervisor Scott Barrett reported he checked with a Maple Avenue resident who had complained about water running into her yard from a neighbor’s property. He said he later learned it was a civil matter, and the problems had been corrected.

Barrett also addressed a matter in which township road crews have experienced trouble finding certain residences due to the lack of house numbers. Barrett said he believes residents should place visible numbers on their homes to make it easier for township officials.

“We go around hunting numbers of houses, and we just can’t find them,” Barrett said. “We’d get complaints or a problem. Housing has no numbers in probably 25 percent of homes. It’s aggravating. We just can’t find the house. Nobody has numbers anywhere.”

Some residents, according to Trustee Jim Hall and Hyatt, have been placing reflective numbers on homes and rocks to designate the home, which had been handled in the 1980s.

— In an update on the Cornell Street property nuisance case, Trustee Chairman James Sabatini reported the vegetation and debris has been cleaned at the property, and the trustees now are awaiting judicial authorization to demolish the structure, reportedly owned by Bruce Easterday. Once the township receives approval, trustees will accept bids from contractors to handle the demolition.

— Trustees approved several motions, including an annual conversion plan for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) for 2017, the naming of trustees Sabatini and Hall to serve as board members for the Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Dependents Fund, and to allow Comcast Cable to work in the right-of-way on Woodland Drive from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31 for cable installation for residents.

Trustees also voted to not request a hearing with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, regarding the liquor permit application for Columbiana Foods, doing business as Giant Eagle. Sabatini noted hearings are only requested in the event that trouble is created with the application, with the trustees seeing no issue with this business.

The next trustees’ meeting is noon Nov. 29.