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J NEWS 13 Thursday, July 30, 2015 Contributed photo by Tony Blount Bananas, milk- and soap Airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base stopped by to lend a hand with a car wash sponsored by the Stars & Stripes, Boots & Spurs Car Club on Saturday, July 11 at the Airway Heights Grease Monkey. People waiting to get theircars washed were treated to refreshments of bananas and milk, with proceeds raised benefiting the veteran's organization, A of Remembrance. slightly in By AL STOVER up or down," Deputy Mark Greg- Suspicious activity increased Staff Reporter ory said. "It looks like it's going to 15 percent (100 to 117). Shoplift- Not much changed in terms of be a level year." ing incidents increased 50 percent crime for Medical Lake. Domestic violence incidents(one to two) as did alarm calls by According to statistics from the rose from 27 to 34. At the July 21 5 percent (21 to 22). Arrests rose 14 Spokane County Sheriff's Office, City Council meeting, Sheriff Ozzie percent (63 to 72). there were 1,061 computer aided Knezovich explained that hi.'s office Crime check reports were up 9 dispatch calls from January to has a domestic violence awareness percent (92 to 101) and 911 aban- June, an 8 percent increase from program and more people are re- doned calls rose 26 percent (50 to last year's number of 976 around porting these crimes. 68). Calls for service went down 1 the same timeframe as last year. Knezovich informed council percent (442 to 440). However, the 2015 CAD incidents that property crimes in the city, Knezovich said the Sheriff's were down from 2013's numbers as well as across Spokane County Office would help Medical Lake (1,077). have dropped, however there are get compensation for the fire and Some areas where crime in- more person-to-person crimes,policing services they provide at creased include self-initiated inci- which include assault and abuse, the hospitals, something that's dents, which were up 14 percent He said most of the assault calls been an issue for the city for the (534 to 621) and traffic stops, which originate from Eastern State Hos- last few years. In the statistics, rose I percent (173 to 175). Traffic pital and Lakeland Village rather Spokane County does not separate incidents that resulted in arrests, than from within the city itself, incidents that happen in the city citations and investigations were "It's not the people living in the versus ones that happen at the down 14 percent (36 to 31). Acci- community, it's mostly the people state hospitals. dents were up 38 percent (13 to 21) at the hospitals" Knezovich said. Knezovich told the City Council w hi'le driving under the influence "It's not something that's out of that he planned ori meeting with incidents were down 57 percent (7 control. If someone touches an- local state elected officials in order to 3) and drug calls decreased by other person, it becomes assault to hopefully "fix that disparity." 42 percent (7 to 4). and they have to call it in because Al Stover can be reached at "Incidents in all areas are either that's the law." Less traffic reports, but more investigations Airway Heights crime numbers decrease, but still a busy year so far By AL STOVER Staff Reporter It's been another busy year for the Airway Heights Police Department According to crime statistics provided by the department, there were 2,931 recorded incidents from January to June this year. This is down from last year's number of 3,145 from January to May 2014, how- ever ifs up from incidents that happened in the same timeframe in 2013 (2,802). While overall crime stats are down, the Police Department conducted 599 reports, investigations and arrests, which is an increase over last year's number of 573. Traffic incidents con- tinue to decline. From Janu- ary to June there were at 689 traffic incidents, 73 less than last year's number of 762. Traffic stops, tickets and driving while license suspended incidents led the category. Non-injury collisions decreased from 30to 25. "We are doing less traf- tic Offenses and more non- incidents, which is down traffic criminal investiga- 16fromlastyear'snumber Lions, which increases our of 1,574. The northwest time on calls," Sgt. Robert section came in second Swan wrote in an email, with 653 incidents. The Police Chief Lee Ben- southeast portion of the nett explained that a non- city had 518 and southwest traffic incident, such as a had 302. In all portions Of misdemeanor theft Call, the city, the three biggest could take a minimum of 2 incidents were code vio- "Airway Heights is just, and al- ways has been a busy town." Airway Heights Police Chief Lee Bennett 1/2 hours to process,lations, (377), suspicious "The public doesn't re- person/vehicle/circum- alize that it's not like on TV stances (371) and traffic where you put someone stops (353) in jail and that's the end of Incidents where officers it," Bennett said. "There's responded to Northern paperwork and booking, Quest Casino dropped and following up with the from 380 to 262 calls. S'uni- investigation." lar to 2014, the majority of The northeast portion the incidents were traffic of the city still counts for violations, agency assists most of the criminal activ- and warrant arrests. Over- ity, (54 percent) with 1,558 all, agency assistance re- ports were at 383, 64 more than last year. The Police Department also went through some changes in personnel the last six months. Code en- forcement officer Steven Makar retired from the de- partment and officer Curtis Tucker was promoted to his position. The depart- ment hired Officer Ericka Rose in May and it is also looking to hire two addi- tional officers this year. In 2016;'the department will sign up with the Spokane County Sheriffs Office for their records system. "It's still busy as usu- al," Bennett said. "Airway Heights is just, and always has been a busy town." A1 Stover can be reached at USE R 'DENTAL CLINIC '(~,'mmit/ed to E.xcellc~c~, We offer residential re-roofs, tear-offs, new construction and commercial work. We specialize in: - Composition - Steel - Flat roofing - Aluminum - Copper Call Brad Hemenway at 509.991.4667 for a free estimate today! 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