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January Activity Report
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Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach has released the Sheriff’s Office Monthly Activity Report for the January 2019. Sheriff’s Office cruisers traveled 34,312 miles while on patrol, answering citizen’s complaints, serving criminal & civil papers, performing other Sheriff’s Office functions and transporting prisoners to State Institutions and Juvenile’s to Juvenile Detention Center Facilities. Deputies responded to 399 calls for service in January.

Deputies investigated a total of 140 citizen’s complaints, with reports being filed, and investigated a total of 155 complaints that did not require reports or any further investigation. Deputies filed 5 criminal cases as a result of investigations in January. There were 31 traffic accidents investigated during January. Deputies issued 30 traffic citations and 27 traffic warnings to motorists. Deputies provided 191 assists to motorists and other departments. Deputies also handled 2 funeral procession escorts.

While on patrol, Deputies found 19 open doors at businesses, schools and residential house checks. There were 62 homes of vacationing county residents that were checked a total of 790 times. Deputies responded to 7 business and residential alarms. Deputies also served 66 Criminal and Civil process received from the Courts during January.

The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team conducted 0 perimeter checks of buildings, 0 drug searches, 0 building searches, 0 area searches, 0 track, and 0 assists to other agencies, including the West Central Ohio Crime Task Force. The K-9 team also presented 0 K-9 demonstration to the public.

The Sheriff’s Office Certified Car Seat Technician installed 2 car seat for families in January. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E deputy taught 0 5th grade students the D.A.R.E. elementary curriculum. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy taught 38 7th and 8th grade students the D.A.R.E. middle school curriculum. The Over-the-Counter Medication and Prescription Medication curriculum was taught to 0 sixth and eighth graders. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy provided Child Safety, Good Drug/Bad Drug, and Bullying education to 0 K-4. The Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. deputy also provided 0 children with photo ID’s that were for their parents as part of the Child Photo ID program.

The Detective Bureau received 3 new criminal investigations in January. The Detective Bureau filed 7 felony charges, 0 misdemeanor charges, provided 6 assists to other agencies, executed 0 search warrants, prepared 2 subpoenas and recovered $.00 in stolen property.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office conducted 2 Sheriff Sales in January and received 5 Sheriff Sales in January. There were 45 Web Checks processed for residents. There were 28 new or renewed handgun Concealed Carry Licenses issued during January. There were 27 sex offender registrations for periodic registrations, change of addresses, employment, or other offender status changes conducted during January. There were 0 sex offender notices sent or delivered to residents, schools, day-care facilities, pre-school and law enforcement agencies during January. There were 3 automated emails sent to county residents from the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office advising residents of sex offenders registering an address within one-mile of their residence in January. It is estimated that approximately 11.07% of Van Wert County residents are currently signed up to receive automated emails on sex offenders from the Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received 2,816 phone calls in January. There were 335 9-1-1 calls received by the Communication Center, of which 306 9-1-1 calls came from a cellular phone. There were 266 of the 9-1-1 calls where the Communication Center dispatched an agency to respond to the 9-1-1 call. A law enforcement agency was dispatched to 152 calls, an E.M.S. agency was dispatched to 106 calls, and a fire agency was dispatched to 8 calls. Multiple agencies had to be dispatched to 17 calls. The Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center also greeted and helped 999 people who came on station at Sheriff’s Office.

The Van Wert County Correctional Facility housed 142 prisoners in January. There were 84 prisoners received and 83 released at Correctional Facility. The average daily inmate count at the Correctional Facility was 57 for the month of January. There were 17 prisoner transports made by deputies, involving 20 prisoners for a total of 3,245 miles in January.

The prisoner work crews worked a total 777 hours at the Correctional Facility.

Prisoner programs generating income, which are paid into the County General Fund, are: Inmate Work Release MTD $4,003.35. YTD $4,003.35. Inmate Phone Service MTD $1,407.60 YTD $1,407.60. Inmate Pay-To-Stay MTD $0.00 YTD $0.00 Office of Child Nutrition Services-Government Donated Food Entitlement MTD $1,188.95 YTD $1,188.95. The food cost per inmate was $1.70 Prisoners housed for other Counties generated MTD $20,610.00 YTD $20,610.00.

The Dog Warden traveled 1291 miles while answering citizens’ complaints, assisting other agencies and conducting tag enforcement. The Dog Warden investigated 19 complaints, impounded 8 dogs. The Dog Warden sold 0 registration tags, issued 0 citation and 2 warnings. The Dog Warden also provided 4 assists to other agencies.

Subject Arrested for Menacing
Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach announced today the arrest of a man from an incident that took place on February 7, 2019. Sheriff Riggenbach stated at 10:03pm on February 7th, the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a woman at a business in Ridge Township stating an intoxicated male had pulled a knife and was threatening another male.

When deputies arrived at 10:10pm, they observed a male subject walking to a vehicle at the business. A female in the parking lot advised the deputies the male subject was who pulled a knife. The female also told deputies the male purposely crashed a car into her car. Deputies attempted to contact the male subject but he got into a vehicle and left the scene. Deputies then pursued after the subject. The subject drove about 1.5 miles before pulling over.

When the male subject pulled the vehicle over, he immediately got out of the car and started coming back toward the deputies. Deputies immediately gave instructions to the male to stay where he was and lay down on the ground. The male did not obey the instructions of the deputies and continued to come at them. After repeated instructions by deputies were not followed by the male subject, a deputy deployed a Taser on the male subject. The Taser was not effective and the male subject continued to come at deputies. The male subject advanced on one of the deputies faster than the deputy could maintain a safe space between them. The deputy the struck the male subject in the face with the Taser unit. This allowed the deputy to grab the male subject and take him to the ground.

The male subject continued to fight with deputies on the ground. A short time after deputies got the male on the ground additional deputies arrived on scene and found the male still fighting with deputies to keep from being handcuffed. Deputies instructed the male to quit fighting with them and to put his hands behind his back. The additional deputies were able to get the male subjects hands behind his back and place handcuffs on the male subject. Due to the male subject fighting, three deputies were injured to varying degrees and were treated at Van Wert Health before being released.

During the investigation deputies learned prior to their arrival, the male subject had pulled a knife on 2 patrons of the local business, saying he would cut them and would kill them. The patrons left the business, only for the male subject to follow them in a car and purposely crash into the car the patrons were driving.

The male subject, Jason J. Allen age 45 of Middle Point, was arrested and charged with:

- 2 Counts Aggravated Menacing a Felony of the 5th degree
- Obstructing Official Business a Felony of the 5th degree
- Resisting Arrest a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree
- Failure to Comply with a Lawful Order a Misdemeanor of the 1st degree
- OVI a misdemeanor of the 1st degree

Allen was transported to the Van Wert County Correctional Facility where he is being held until his arraignment in Van Wert Municipal Court. Sheriff Riggenbach said the investigation is continuing and more charges could be filed.

Sheriff Riggenbach stated “This was a very dangerous situation and I am thankful the outcome wasn’t any worse for everyone involved. Our deputies work hard every day, to protect the people of Van Wert County and to go home when their shift is complete.”

The Ohio State Patrol and Middle Point Fire and EMS assisted at the scene.

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