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Larceny, simple assault remain top crimes in Idaho County

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Some kids apparently didn’t learn that basic lesson way back in kindergarten: don’t touch others and don’t take their stuff. For Idaho County last year, larceny and simple assault were the region’s top offenses, according to the 2014 Crime in Idaho report released this month by Idaho State Police.

In 2014 for the three reporting agencies – Idaho County Sheriff’s Office, and Grangeville and Cottonwood police departments — total, 102 larceny and 85 simple assault offenses were reported, followed by vandalism (53), burglary (40) and drug/narcotics (30).

Last year, 382 offenses were reported, a 14.7 percent decrease from 2013, of which 46.8 percent (178) cases were cleared. In 2014, 440 arrests were made, up 13.4 percent from the year prior, the majority of which, 408, were adults.

2014 marks the five-year low for total offenses with the high of 485 in 2010. Arrests were at their third highest level in the five-year trend, the low of 344 in 2012 and the high at 566 in 2010.

Other significant offenses for the county last year included drug equipment (22), aggravated assault (13) and fraud (nine). A total 73 DUI arrests were reported total by the three agencies in 2014, up by 23 from the year prior.

Breaking It Down

Idaho County Sheriff’s Office

Last year, 63 larcenies were handled by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), followed by 46 simple assaults, 42 vandalisms, 28 burglaries and 24 drug/narcotics cases.

Overall in 2014, ICSO handled a total 257 offenses, down 12.9 percent (131) from the year prior, of which 51 percent were cleared. During that same year, 305 arrests were made, up 10.5 percent from 2013, of which 285 were adults.

For ICSO, last year was the five-year low for offenses with the high being 295 in 2013. Arrests in 2014 were at their third highest in the five-year average, the low being 276 in 2013 and the high at 345 in 2010.

Grangeville Police Department

In 2014, the Grangeville Police Department (GPD) handled 35 cases each of larceny and simple assault, followed by burglary (10), vandalism (eight) and drug/narcotics (five).

Last year, GPD handled a total 104 offenses, down 39 from 2013 (22.4 percent), of which 37.5 percent (39) were cleared. For the five-year average, 2014 was the second lowest year for offenses, the low of 100 reported in 2011 and the high of 202 in 2010.

Arrests last year were at their third highest for the five-year average, the low at 30 in 2012 and the high at 204 in 2010.

Cottonwood Police Department

Four offenses each were reported of larceny and simple assault to the Cottonwood Police Department (CPD) in 2014, followed by three cases each of both vandalism and aggravated assault and two burglaries.

In 2014, CPD handled 21 offenses total, up 10.5 percent (eight) from the prior year, of which 38.1 percent were cleared. Thirteen arrests were made, down by 12 (7.1 percent) from 2013, of which 12 were adults.

Last year was the third highest for offenses in the five-year average; the low at 19 in 2013 and the high of 29 in 2011. Arrests were at their second lowest for CPD in 2014; the low at 11 in 2012 and the high of 19 in 2011.


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