Reported crimes in Jefferson County decline in October

Reported crimes in Jefferson County dropped more than 11 percent in October compared with a year ago, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’ Office.

The monthly report showed 133 offenses last month, compared with 150 during the same period a year ago for an 11.33 percent decrease.

Decreases were seen in reported robberies, motor vehicle thefts, stolen property offenses, drug paraphernalia offenses and misdemeanors such as public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

The report indicated that reported residential burglaries increased from nine in October 2012 to 12 last month, and when combined with breaking or entering offenses, rose from 17 in October 2012 to 22 last month.

Other categories showing increases were aggravated assaults, which doubled from one in October ,2012 to two last month, misdemeanor third-degree battery, which jumped from two to nine, and first-degree criminal mischief, damaging property valued at $1,000 or less, which went from seven in October 2012 to nine last month.

Third-degree domestic batteries, which are listed separately from third-degree batteries, decreased from 12 to nine, and domestic terroristic threatening dropped from one in October 2012 to none last month.

One person was cited for driving with a license that is suspended, cancelled or revoked last month, and one more for driving with a license suspended because of a DWI, three fewer than for the month of October 2012. Three people were cited for fleeing last month, two more than in October 2012, and there was one citation for leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury.

Drug-related offenses, excluding the possession of drug paraphernalia, showed a 71 percent drop last month compared with October 2012. According to the report, there were seven drug/narcotic violations in October 2012, and two last month.

Deputies also took 21 non-criminal reports last month, one fewer than during October 2012.

The report includes only the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County, and does not include crimes reported in Pine Bluff, White Hall, Redfield or other cities and towns.