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Traffic Accidents Top Sheriff’s Annual Report

Staff Report

Traffic accidents generated the most calls for Yalobusha deputies in 2009, topping the year’s list or reported cases with 90, according to Sheriff William “Lance” Humphreys.

“More than half of these were a deer-related crash,” Humphreys said about the statistics provided for the Herald.

Deputies have served 1,070 papers in 2009, booked 411 inmates and wrote 579 reports, with only two days remaining in the year.

Humphreys’ department also have made 30 D.U.I. arrests in 2009, including 21 for first offense, seven for second offense, and two for third-offense.

This number is up, according to Humphreys, who said his department made 23 D.U.I arrests in 2008 and 16 in 2007. Seven arrests have also been made this year for public drunk.

Humphreys noted his department received more reports of domestic violence crimes, with 51 reports of domestic violence or simple assault. There were also five reports of aggravated assault.

Another increase in 2009 was the number of suicides or suicide attempts, with the department investigating 10 incidents.

There were 25 burglary reports recorded in 2009, 32 reports of larceny, five reports of aggravated assault, 12  reports of harassing phone calls, 25 burglaries recorded, 11 reports of disorderly conduct, 51 reports of malicious mischief and 30 reports of trespassing.

Deputies made two arrests for shooting into an occupied dwelling, and 26 arrests for drug crimes, either misdemeanor or felony.

Rounding out the report was a report of an airplane crash, after a Tennessee man crashed his single engine plane into a kudzu-covered wooded area near Oakland in July.

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