It does the soul good to help others, and the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office is feeling pretty good right now.
Their outreach to kids and families in conjunction with the Town of Hotchkiss helped 12 families and 27 children with Christmas gifts of food, clothing, kids' gifts and City Market gift cards.
Plus 160 kids met Santa Dec. 21 at the Hotchkiss Fire Station.
"Once again, we owe a big thank you to our community, including City Market, Family Dollar, town employees and others who helped out with making this a very special Christmas for many in our community," Marshal Dan Miller wrote in his monthly report to the town council. "I would like to thank our Santa Helpers, Michelle Linman, Amy Foster, Carrie Wingfield and Trevor, Marlene [Searle] and Tami [Smith], who worked very hard this year, shopping for gifts, putting our gifts boxes together and making sure every child was given a bag of goodies when they visited Santa."
Regarding his end-of-the-year report for the marshal's office, Miller said they had fewer calls for service last year. "We are not sure what is the reason for this, however we are glad to see our community is having less reasons to call for our assistance," Miller said.
During December, the department had only 83 calls, making it one of the slowest for the entire year.
Miller credits the radar sign on Highway 133 and Highway 92 as having "a calming effect on our motoring public." Motorists slow down resulting in fewer warnings and tickets. There were about 200 fewer traffic contacts in 2013 than in 2012.
The marshal's office handled 310 traffic offenses in 2013, 42 disorderly conduct/harassment calls, four hit and runs, 21 DUI alcohol offenses, 11 trespasses, 40 alarms, 85 medical assistance calls, 67 animal problems, 40 agency assists, 35 citizen assists, eight non-criminal juvenile problems, 11 loud adult parties, four missing persons, 20 parking problems, 11 suspicious persons/circumstances, one adult suicide, 68 suspicion calls, 11 fugitive of justice calls, 149 vehicle serial number inspections, 23 welfare checks, 18 domestic violence/support incidents, 11 third degree assaults/harassment plus 22 cases of harassment/intimidation, two third degree arsons, two forced entry burglaries, 15 larcenies, five vehicle thefts, one strip stolen vehicle, one forged check, one identity theft, one fraud swindle, 18 criminal mischief incidents, one possession of narcotic equipment, one possession of marijuana, one indecent exposure, one sex offender registration violation, one child abuse/cruelty to a child case, one cruelty toward an elderly person, one contributing to the delinquency of a minor, four violations of court/protection orders, four sexual offender registrations and other miscellaneous incidents for a total of 1,313 for all of last year.
The department completed 934 home and business security checks in 2013.
Miller commended deputies Chad Lloyd and Gates Shaklee for completing important law enforcement trainings. Lloyd has been promoted to a Deputy II rank.blog comments powered by Disqus