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Crime & Grime:
Burglaries, theft, arrest warrants, fraud and more bad behavior
November 12, 2016
(SULTAN, WA.) -- Here are some crime incidents that Sultan area gendarmes responded to in October as submitted by Lt. Steve McDonald of the Snohomish County Sheriff's office who serves as the Sultan Police Chief
Cool colored crime sharts for October. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Overall, the numbers of incidents officers responded to during October were down vs. the numbers from September, with the biggest decline being fraud cases. There were only two reported cases vs. seven from September.
In addition police had 2 reported burglaries, 1 malicious mischief incident and only 1 theft. The sharpest rise in incidents was 9 warrant arrests vs. only 4 from the previous month.
CALLS FOR SERVICE: Sultan deputies responded to 384 calls for service within city limits in October. Of those 384 calls, 183 were 911 generated and 201 were self-initiated contacts. Deputies also assisted East County deputies on an additional 259 calls for service, with 166 of those being 911 generated and 90 coming from self-initiated contacts. Total calls for service by the Sultan deputies handling themselves and as the assisting car was 643.
COMMUNITY CARE TAKING: On October 5th deputies evacuated a male squatter from the wooded area across from the Bakery. Approximately 2,000 pounds of garbage was also taken out of the same area. Deputies arrested an additional two other persons in October that were camping under the 311th Street bridge on outstanding arrest warrants. Routine checks are being conducted to ensure the squatters do not return.
Deputies became aware of two especially vulnerable adults within the city that were being taken advantage of by "less than honest and less than respectable people." Deputies began routine welfare checks on both individuals. In one case the grandson moved out and is now staying with his mother in Skykomish.
The other case is being constantly monitored and checked. "We have taken a couple of theft reports in which money and other miscellaneous items were taken. We have notified family members and asked they start an eviction process of the male and female squatting in her residence," said the police statement.
BOOZE BUYS: On October 14th Lt. McDonald was made aware that a clerk at the Sultan "Hoot Owl" convenience store/gas station was allegedly selling alcohol to under aged minors, including some local high school students.
"A student would successfully purchase alcohol, send out a tweet or text to all of their friends, and others would immediately respond to the Hoot Owl and also be successful in purchasing alcohol," wrote McDonald. "I contacted the WA State Liquor Control Board and informed them of this situation. A few days later the Liquor Control Board conducted an undercover sting and were also successful in having an under aged minor purchase alcohol. The female clerk never even asked for ID. The Board later met with the owner and informed him that since this was a first time offense for his business, he faced a $500.00 fine or a 5 day suspension of his liquor license. He chose the fine, which he paid."
Lastly, McDonald was able to get two Sheriff’s Office motor units to assist with the High School Homecoming Parade, they were happy about that and the event went well.
SCHOOL REPORT: School Resource Officer Deputy Hess had another busy month at the schools. He is currently working with students and parents to re-design the traffic pattern at the High School to ensure the safety of both pedestrians, busses, and cars.
He has also received numerous complaints regarding students driving recklessly after school.
"Students have raced in the lower lot and down both 8th St and 1st St. As a result, he has been doing traffic details at several locations and has enlisted the Sheriff’s Office motor units to assist in the enforcement," said the Chief's statement.
During October Deputy Hess responded to 2 illegal substance complaints at the high school, 6 weapon/fighting complaints at the school, 4 medical/suicidal complaints, two CPS referrals at the middle school,and two welfare/truancy checks at each of the three schools, just to name a few calls for service.
Crime charts in living color
At upper right find some nice colored charts that compare incident types of service reported by the Sultan Police Department and have incident numbers assigned with an Originating Agency Identifier (ORI) of WA0311500.
Data was obtained from a LERMS Data Analysis and Mapping query. The Incident Call Source table shows ORI data for all beats. The remaining tables and charts show only SUL (within Sultan City Limits) data. [Editor's note: we don't have a clue what any of that means]