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

1 day 6 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Union Post 297 Senior American Legion Baseball Player Trey Fink. Earlier this season in a game against St. Peters, Trey pitched a complete game with 11 strike outs and no walks in an 8-1 win. He also went the distance in a tough luck 6-1 loss to Washington. He only gave up four hits with 13 strike outs and one walk. Time and again, Trey has proven his ability to go deep into games.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

2 weeks 4 days ago

Over the course of the past 16 years doing commentary on air and in print, there have sadly been many mass shootings and many predictable politicized reactions.

The shootings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, however, stands out for two main reasons.

It involved race, and it was done it a church.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

7 hours 1 min ago

Local Senior Legion teams are getting ready for the trip to the 2015 Blue Springs Woodbat Tournament. Washington, Union and St. Charles will compete in the event which will run Wednesday through Sunday at the Hidden Valley Athletic Complex.