It's been a hectic six months for local law enforcement agencies serving Clay County residents.
"We are already ahead of last year's numbers. We currently have 3,242 calls for service recorded. That is just the complaints officers have responded to that we received through the telephone or from walk-ins," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison told The Brazil Times. "That number does not include traffic arrests, warrant service and other calls officers have responded to."
Harrison said officers at the department have closed almost all of the major investigations during the first six months of this year.
One major investigation involving the burglary of a local drug store continues.
On Friday, May 30, Lynn's Pharmacy, 22 W. National Ave., was broken into and taking prescription medication with a potential street value of approximately $100,000 was taken.
"We're still tracking down leads in the case," Captain Dave Archer said recently.
To provide information regarding this case, or any others, contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.
"We have a few ongoing things, but nothing major," Harrison said.
Warm spring weather and recent flooding brought scam artists into the area allegedly offering to do "cheap" home improvement repairs in the area or illegally collecting "so-called" charity donations.
"We don't know that people from out of town come here to do this until the calls start coming in to the department," Harrison said. "I strongly urge anyone who has someone come to their door asking for donations to ask to check their identification or call to check if they are registered at the clerk's office. If the group these people are collecting for is legit, they won't mind being asked."
Brazil Det. Clint McQueen investigated two reports involving a group of out-of-town scam artists allegedly involved in home repair scams around the time of the June floods.
Although victims might not want to, McQueen wants to talk with anyone who has been approached by a scam artist in the area. He said reports are kept confidential and officers understand that scam artists know how to smooth talk people into doing something they don't want to.
"It's a natural reaction to be upset about being duped," McQueen said. "We're here to stop this from happening to people. We don't want anyone to lose their life savings to a scam."
When school let out for summer, more young people started "hanging out" later around town. Officials urge parents to talk with their children about curfew.
"A lot of kids are out walking around at night, most are doing nothing wrong," Harrison said. "We know that only a few of those are spoiling it for the rest, but we have to enforce the law for the safety of everyone."
State law requires that children 15-years-old or younger are not allowed to be in a public place (outside their home or at a residence they have permission to stay at overnight) between 11 p.m.-5 a.m. on any day of the week, children 16- or 17-years-old are not allowed in a public place between 11 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and between 1-5 a.m., on Friday and Saturday.
Although short-handed with Patrolman/K-9 Handler Kenny Hill still recovering from injuries sustained in a high-speed pursuit that ended in an accident on Dec. 20, Harrison said the officers are handling the case load well and that, "We're very busy."