October dubbed busiest month for police department

CALCUTTA — October proved to be the third-busiest month in 2017 for the St. Clair Township Police Department.

Police Chief Brian McKenzie presented the latest monthly activity report during Tuesday’s township trustees meeting, which consisted a total of 235 calls — an increase from September’s count of 206 and the third-highest month of volume on record this year, behind January (271) and March (237).

The October breakdown consisted of 84 total incident reports, 65 arrests, 52 traffic citations, 34 crash reports, 22 incidents/documentations, and 13 thefts.

Also reported were six towed vehicles, six traffic stops, six warrant checks/services, four calls of drug activity, four juvenile problems, three fraud reports, two assaults, two burglaries, two domestic violence calls, two drug overdoses, two DUIs, two reports of identity theft, one alarm drop, one breaking and entering, one fight, one harassment call, one investigation, one public assistance request, one sexual assault report, and one unknown emergency.

Meanwhile, McKenzie advised trustees and the public start traveling with caution as the winter months could result in slippery roads and hazarous driving conditions.

“We just want the people to realize that it’s coming, and to take your time, plan your routes,” McKenzie said. “It’s just a matter of time before we get our first dusting or our first freezing road, which is always a headache for us and the road guys.”

McKenzie also announced the police department will hold “Pictures with Santa Claus” 6-8 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Peter Metrovich Community Center, with proceeds to benefit the township’s K-9 unit. Photos are $10 per person. Legacy Studio by JJS will handle photography for the event. McKenzie said the event originally was scheduled Dec. 2, but was changed to avoid conflicts with the East Liverpool Christmas Parade going on that day.

In other business, trustees approved the reading of the bills, which totaled $53,297.09. The breakdown consisted of $4,445.15 for road department payroll, $18,481.88 for police department payroll, $437.96 for administration payroll, $1,489.36 in payroll withholdings, and $21,004.41 in invoices paid.

In addition, the board went into executive session at the conclusion of the regular meeting to hold a bargaining session for public employees. No action was taken afterwards.

The next regular meeting is scheduled noon Nov. 28 at the township administration bulding on Pugh Road, Calcutta.