County crime numbers mostly hold steady in June


Reported crimes in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County increased by less than 1 percent in June compared with the previous year, according to statistics from the sheriff’s department.

There were 185 total reported crimes last month, one more than for June 2012, an increase of 0.54 percent.

Total offenses for the month, which includes traffic offenses and non-criminal reports such as missing persons and dog bites jumped from 225 in June 2012 to 230 last month.

Through the first six and a half months of this year, there have been 1,356 separate offenses reported in the county, including 230 in June, the second-highest month on record. Only March, which had 245 incidents, topped June.

According to the report, there were 23 reported burglaries or incidents of breaking or entering last month, four more than in June 2012. Thefts from buildings increased from five in 2012 to seven last month, while thefts of motor vehicle parts or accessories doubled from one to two.

Drug and narcotic offenses almost tripled in June when compared with a year earlier, jumping from four to 11, and incidents of public drunkenness increased from five to nine.

Misdemeanor cases involving possession of a controlled substance totaled 11 last month, eight more than for the previous year

Aggravated assaults increased from 21 to 23 while simple assaults dropped from 10 to nine.

Reported incidents of first-degree criminal mischief, damaging the property of others with a value of less than $1,000, last month totaled seven, the same as the previous year, and incidents involving property valued at more than $1,000 but not more than $5,000 increased from one in 2012 to four last month.

There were 11 reported incidents of third-degree domestic battery last month, six fewer than in June ,2012.

Looking at traffic offenses, there were five arrests for DWI in June, the same number as a year ago, as well as one arrest in each of the two years for driving under the influence of drugs.

Four citations were issued for failure to provide proof of auto insurance in June, double the number from 2012, while five citations were issued for driving on a license that was cancelled, suspended or revoked. That number was one more than from the previous year. Two citations were issued for failure to use a seat belt.

There were three missing persons reports filed last month, one more than a year ago, and deputies investigated seven suicides, natural deaths or accidental deaths, two more that for the same period in 2012.