Sheriff’s Department Releases Crime Stats

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department has released its annual crime report for 2013. The report compares crimes committed in 2013 to the previous year. While major crimes seem to have remained flat or decreased, crimes such as residential break-ins associated with a drug addiction seem to be on the rise. Either that or the Sheriff’s department is doing a better job of cracking down on those types of crimes. The sheriff’s office recently formed a burglary task force to help combat the increase in residential break-ins where the thieves are mainly looking for cash, jewelry, guns or anything else of value to sell for drugs. Scrap metal theft has dropped slightly since the fall; however, it continues to be a problem. Everything from cemetery earns to vehicles have been stolen for scrap. Several arrests were made last year for metal and wire theft with the cooperation of the local scrap dealers in the area. The Franklin County Detention Center remains near the maximum population for the facility. The average daily population over the last year was 125. The facility was designed to hold 130 inmates. On weekends the inmate population will at times reach 150 inmates.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

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The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

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Missouri will begin the college football season ranked in the top-25. The Tigers are 23rd in the preseason Coaches' Poll. Defending champion Ohio State is number-one, followed by TCU and Alabama. Mizzou opens the season September 5th at home against Southeast Missouri State.