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					Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office

     Sheriff Robert L. Bratton




            2004
     Year-End Summary
            Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office
                      Robert L. Bratton, Sheriff

In 2004 the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office saw the retirement of Sheriff Craig V.
Emahiser. He dedicated over 30 years of committed service to the residents of
Ottawa County as his entire law enforcement career was with various agencies
within the County. We wish him well in his retirement.

The senior Administration will now undergo a complete revamping. A new
structure will be implemented through which there will be monitoring of the
following:

   •   All Divisions within the Sheriff’s Office.
   •   Evaluation to determine if any new equipment is needed.
   •   Implementation of new training programs in all Divisions.
   •   Assessment of financial accountability.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office operates on a budget in excess of
$4,000,000. Seventy percent of that budget is allocated to the Corrections
Division. You don’t hear much about Corrections. I have made a commitment to
streamline all programs and implement every cost-saving measure that I can in
that area. If the Administration focuses on finances in Corrections, we can save
money for the taxpayers of Ottawa County.

This report will generate a great deal of statistical information for 2004. Take
into account that what you do not see documented herein is the amount of time
required by one domestic call, a DUI, or traffic crash.

There is no question that Ottawa County is facing some financial shortfalls, as
are the Sheriffs’ Offices of the other 87 counties in Ohio. It is my goal to work
side by side with the County Commissioners and County Administrator as we
implement a sound financial operation. There is a true commitment made by all
parties to succeed in this regard.

A web site is available for your review, www.ottawacountysheriff.org, regarding
the activities of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

I look forward to working with a professional law enforcement staff to provide
the best possible service to the citizens of Ottawa County.
                             DETECTIVE BUREAU


ACTIVITY


                       Detective Bureau, Total Cases per Year

       290

       280

       270

       260                                                                  Series1

       250

       240

       230
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EVIDENCE

                  Evidence, New Cases                                Evidence, Transactions

   400                                                200
   350
   300                                                150
   250
   200                                                100
   150
   100                                                 50
    50
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          2001        2002      2003     2004                 2001         2002      2003      2004




                                                            Fireamrs Siezed in Protection Orders
                     Cases to BCI&I

                                                      50
    35                                                45
    30                                                40
    25                                                35
                                                      30
    20
                                                      25
    15                                                20
    10                                                15
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     0                                                 0
           2001       2002       2003    2004                2001         2002      2003      2004




                             SUMMARY OF MAJOR CASES
PORT CLINTON RAPES
         On Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6:20AM Ottawa County Sheriff Deputies were called to
a home in Portage Township on a report of a rape. Detectives learned a man had entered the home
and sexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman who had been sleeping in her bedroom. The suspect
was been described as a white male, five-feet ten inches to six feet tall, skinny, wearing a gray
hooded sweatshirt. The victim, who was not injured, was taken to Magruder Hospital were she
was treated and released. A short time later the Port Clinton Police Department investigated a
similar case.
         Ottawa County Sheriff and Port Clinton Police detectives began a joint investigation into
these cases. In April physical evidence, including DNA, linked Joseph Gallardo, age 31, of Port
Clinton to both crimes. He was charged and arrested on burglary and rape charges. He remains in
the Ottawa County Detention Facility waiting an April trial date.

BREAKING AND ENTERING, HUMANE SOCIUETY & NOAH’s ARK
        On December 19, 2004 Ottawa County Sheriff deputies began an investigation to the
break-ins at the Humane Society of Ottawa County, Noah’s Ark Two and several vehicles.
Evidence found in one of the vehicles linked all the crimes to Justin Salyers, age 21, of Port
Clinton. Detectives learned he had stolen computer equipment and two parrots from those
businesses. Salyers has been indicted for those crimes and is currently in the court system.


SEX OFENDER FAILS TO REGISTER
         In November Kevin Brininger, age 22, of Port Clinton, was charged with a third degree
felony for failing to properly register as a sex offender with the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office.
Twice during he 2004 he moved from one residence to another without properly notifying the
sheriffs office. His case is currently before the Common Please Court.
RAPE
        On August 17, 2004 Sheriffs Detectives began the investigation into the alleged rape of a
44-year-old woman that occurred in Danbury Township. Based on evidence connected to that
case the Grand Jury indicted Richard Green, age 39, or Danbury North Road with two counts of
rape. His case is also currently before the Common Pleas Court.

RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY
        On December 2, 2004 Ottawa County Sheriff Detectives, while at a home in Williston,
found a large number of items, which were suspected to be stolen. Those items consisted of over
the counter medicines, health products, food and other grocery items, and numerous other goods.
The investigation showed that the residence, Stacy Haeft, was employed at the Community
Market in Oak Harbor. She had apparently been stealing merchandise from the store and was
going to use it as stock to open her own business. The property stolen was valued at over $7,500.
        Ms. Haeft was later indicted by the Grand Jury on several counts of theft and receiving
stolen property. Her case is still before the court.

BURGLARY
        On October 13, 2004 a woman who lives on State Route 105 west of Oak Harbor
reported she came home for lunch and discovered two men breaking into her home. They fled in a
vehicle and the woman followed, watching them throw property taken from her home out along
the road as they went. The woman was able to obtain a description of the vehicle and suspects.
        About 30 minutes later the vehicle was located by the Oregon Police Department. The
woman identified the occupants as the persons she saw inside her home and stolen property was
recovered from their vehicle.
        The suspects, young men from the Toledo area, were charged with Burglary and
Tampering with Evidence. Both men have entered pleas and will be sentenced in the coming
months.

BANK ROBBERY
        On November 26, 2004 Ottawa County Detectives were dispatched to the Genoa Banking
branch on State Route 51. A man, wearing a covering over his face, passed a note to the teller and
demanded money. Ottawa County Detectives are working with the FBI and anticipate an arrest in
the near future.

BABY EASTER
         On Sunday, April 11, 2004 at 3:46PM the Ottawa County Sheriffs Office received a call
from a resident on West Curtice Road in Allen Township who reported children in the area had
found what they believed to be the body of an infant in Cedar Creek under the Reiman Road
Bridge.
         When deputies arrived they observed the body, submerged in about eight inches of water,
along the edge of the creek under the northwest corner of the bridge. The body was recovered
from the creek by Sheriffs Detectives and transported to the Lucas County Coroners Office where
an autopsy was completed. The body was been confirmed as that of a white female weighing
approximately six pounds, which the Lucas County Coroners Office describes as a ‘survivable
weight.’ There were no obvious injuries or birth defects found during the autopsy.
         Since the time of the discovery Sheriff Deputies have conducted many interviews. The
father of the child has come forward and claimed the body. The mother of the child has yet to
take responsibility.
         Experts in the field of infant deaths and drowning have done additional investigative
work. The case remains under investigation with charges likely to be filed in the coming months.
FIREWORKS
         On June 25, 2004, Ottawa County Sheriff Detectives and the Ottawa County Drug Task
Force assisted the State Fire Marshals Office in an investigation that involved the theft of
approximately $10,000 of fireworks. Information was received that an employee of a fireworks
store in Lucas County had been stealing fireworks from his employer. Those fireworks were to
have been taken to his residence in Allen Township, and additional information was obtained that
he had been reselling those fireworks to local residents and to others in Michigan.
         A search was done of the employees’ home and some of the fireworks were recovered. A
neighbor had purchased $500 worth and the rest was traced to a location in Michigan. Charges
were filed against the employee in Lucas County.

SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION
          The Ottawa County Sheriffs Office is responsible for maintaining the registration of
thirty-nine sex offenders living in the community. Thirty-two of those are classified as Sexually
Oriented Offenders, who are required to update their registration once per year for ten years. Two
persons are classified as Habitual Offenders who are required to register once per year for twenty
years. Five persons are classified as Sexual Predators who must register every ninety days for life.
          In addition to registering offenders the Sheriffs Office does periodic verification of
offenders address and is responsible for sending notifications to residents, schools and day care
facilities when required.

HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION
        In 2004 the case involving the death of Derek Trent was concluded. The suspect, Adelina
Sipperley, had been charged in connection with his death. A plea was later accepted in which
Sipperley was found guilty of Reckless Homicide and a drug offense. She was sentenced to three
years on the homicide and 11 months on the drug charge and is currently in the Trumbull
Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, Ohio.
ROAD DIVISION:

Total Citations issued:       710
Total ‘on road’ accidents:    337

CITATION BREAKDOWN
Speed                       431
Fail to Control              54
No Operators License        46
OMVI                         28
Obey Traffic Control Device 27
Right of Way Violations      25
Assure Clear Distance Ahead 19
Other Traffic Violations     80


CRIMINAL ARREST BREAKDOWN
Drug Possession/Paraphernalia 28
Underage Drinking             28
Aggravated Assault/Assault    26
Violation of Protection Order 16
Disorderly Conduct            14
Aggravated Menacing/Menacing  11
Sex Crimes                     7
Criminal Damaging              6
Domestic Violence/Threatening 68
Burglary/Theft/Robbery/RSP    23
Resist Arrest                  5
All Other Misc.               59

Total Criminal Arrests: 291



COMMUNICATION DIVISION

Total ‘calls for service’ for 2005         32,475
Total calls for Sheriff’s Office           13,643
Total calls for other Police Departments   15,593
Total calls for Fire/EMS                    3,239
CIVIL DIVISION

CIVIL PAPERWORK
Papers Entered: 2108
Papers served: 1795

WARRANTS
Current Active Warrants-1774
New Warrants Entered-917
Warrants Served-495
65-Warrants resolved “voluntarily” through letter program (355 since Sept 2000)
$38,141.17-Bond/Waivers collected through letter program in 2004 ($211,319.22 since
2000)

SHERIFF SALES
156-Sales Scheduled for 2004
13- Sales a month
475% increase over last 5 years
       1999-33 schedules sales
       2000-43 scheduled sales
       2001-53 scheduled sales
       2002-90 scheduled sales
       2003-135 scheduled sales
                              CORRECTIONS DIVISION

   FULL SERVICE JAIL                                   MINIMUM SECURITY JAIL
Population
Bookings:                 1027                         Bookings:                     419
Average Daily Population:   40                         Average Daily Population      29

Work Release
W/R money collected:          $2,205.00                W/R money collected: $58,596.00

Group Services
GED:706 inmates-75 different days                      GED: 43 inmates-23 days
AA: 362 inmates-52 different days                      AA: 6 inmates-2 days
Giving Tree: 172 inmates-36 different days             Church: 38 inmates- 15 days
Bayshore: 443 inmates –45 different days               Bayshore:8 inmates-5 days

Indigent Mail
Total cost for indigent mail for inmates is $ 242.68

Medical Co-Payments
Total cost of prescription medications and doctor/nurse visits is $13,627.86
Amount collected to cover their medications and doctor/nurse visits $3,619.97

Date Master
Tests: 41
Refusals: 21
Calibrations: 48
Average Test result: .020
Proficiency Test: 19

Transporting Inmates
Total transports for 2004 is 808
Total Miles traveled: 33,087
Total hours spent:      1,433
Total miles to Municipal Court: 854
Total hrs at Municipal Court: 231.05
Total miles to Common Pleas: 544
Total hrs at Common Pleas: 193.6
Total miles to Juvenile Court: 342
Total hrs at Juvenile Court: 11.82
Total miles at Dr. appts.: 2217
Total hrs at Dr. appts: 191.71
Total out of county miles: 29,109
Total out of county hrs: 728.86
Inmate Work Program/Trustee Program
Total Trustee hours for 2004 is 12,662 @ $6.00 per hour = $75,972.00 in labor savings)
Total IWP hours for 2004 is 7,927.65 @ 7.50 per hour = $59,431.07labor savings)
            Grand total of savings for labor by using inmates is $135,403.07



MARINE PATROL
Total ‘Boat’ hours worked:   256.75         Warnings Issued:            353
Citations Issued:            11             Written Vessel Inspections: 187
Visual Vessel Inspections:   912            Accidents Investigated:     1
Search and Rescue:           33             Number of Complaint invest: 71

Submitted by: Deputy Roger Garn



RESERVE UNIT
The Reserve Roster consists of 32 men and women who donate their time to the Sheriff’s
Office and other events requested by the Sheriff. The total number of hours donated by
this division in 2004 is 2,369.



UNDERWATER RESCUE TEAM

Calls For Service:                    7 for 91 man hours
Training:                             15 for 239 man hours
Public Service:                       12 for 150 man hours
Work Sessions:                        10 for 120 man hours
Maintenance:                          658 man hours
Ice Training:                         210 man hours
Cold Water Training:                  100 man hours
Vessel Operations:                    160 man hours
Other: Work Sessions                  568 man hours
Total                                 2,296 man hours donated

ACTIVITY

09/26/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, Off Catawba State Park
       Activity: Vessel Handling/Docking training
       Disposition: Boat 2 and 3 operation
       Man Hours: 15
08/26/2004
       Location: Lime Kiln Dock, South Bass Island
       Activity: Missing Swimmer
       Disposition: Searched for the missing swimmer under
              The motor vessel William Market. Body of the swimmer
              located in 9 minutes. Body of male brought to the surface
              And handed over to the Coroner.
       Man Hours: 18

07/25/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, across from Brands Marina
       Activity: Capsized sailboat with people in the water
       Disposition: Cancelled before arrival. All persons recovered.
       Man Hours: 12

07/23/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, East Harbor State Park
       Activity: Missing child, swimming beach
       Disposition: Cancelled before arrival. Child located
       Man Hours: 6

07/10/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, Cedar Point Beach
       Activity: Attempt to locate missing swimmer. Presumed drowned. Searched with
       Other departments. Not located.
       Disposition: Swimmer surfaced days later
       Man Hours: 24

05/31/2004
       Location: Port Clinton
       Activity: Memorial Day parade
       Disposition: N/A
       Man Hours: 9

05/29/2004
       Location: Port Clinton
       Activity: Walleye Festival parade
       Disposition: N/A
       Man Hours: 9

05/23/2004
       Location: Tibbel’s Marina
       Activity: Overturned boat inspection
       Disposition: No bodies found
       Man Hours: 7
05/22/2004
       Location: Camp Perry, Lake Erie
       Activity: Drill with Lakeside Fire and the United States Navy to test sonar
                 net for counter insurgents penetration. Operation Green Pearl.
       Disposition: Participated
       Man Hours: 6

04/04/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, Catawba State Park
       Activity: Dive exercise
       Disposition: Cold water diving
       Man Hours: 28

03/23/2004
       Location: Portage River, Jefferson St. pier
       Activity: Cold water immersion suit training
       Disposition: All officers displayed ability to immerse themselves
                    in forth degree water in cold water immersion suits
                    during night hours
       Man Hours: 28

02/26/2004
       Location: St. Vincent’s Medical Center
       Activity: Helicopter training
       Disposition: Received training in helicopter transport for calls for service
       Man Hours: 32

02/23/2004
       Location: Johnney’s Place, Schau Rd.
       Activity: Search for missing person in water
       Disposition: Cancelled before arrival, person located
       Man Hours: 6

01/18/2004
       Location: Station
       Activity: Taped interview with WKYC Cleveland Television Station.
                 Interview with reporter concerning diving difficulties in cold
                 water environments. As a result of the aircraft crash west of
                 Pelee Island.
       Disposition: Interview granted and showed to the Cleveland Television
                    area.
       Man Hours: 4
01/17/2004
       Location: Lake Erie, West of Pelee Island
       Activity: Requested by the United States Coast Guard and Canadian
                 Authorities to stand by in response to an aircraft crash with
                 ten persons missing.
       Disposition: Responded to the Port Clinton Airport and cancelled by
                    Canadian Authorities. Diving operations will be conducted
                    at a later date. Confirmed at least ten dead passengers and
       8            crew aboard the plane.
       Man Hours: 1

Eleven Year Statistical Report:

       Search/Evidence/Recovery:      46 Calls/885. M.H.
       Body Recovery/Search:          71 Calls/2,161.5 M.H.
       Public Service:                48 Calls/1,203 M.H.
       Rescue:                        12 Calls/269.5 M.H.
       Security Details:              4 Calls/78 M.H.
       Animal Rescues:                4 Calls/678 M.H.
       Ice Rescues:                   12 Calls/160 M.H.
       Train Derailment:              1 Call/12 M.H.
       Suicide Attempt:               1 Call/16 M.H.
       Station Compound Intrs:        2 Calls/16 M.H.
       Search for Criminals:          2 Calls/29 M.H.
       Training:                      3,678.5 M.H.
       Ice Training:                  765 M.H.
       Vessel Training:               876.5 M.H.
       Work Sessions:                 2,838 M.H.
       Other:                         1,765 M.H.
       Outside Station Work:          865.5 M.H.
               Total:                 15,686.5 Man Hours

        The above numbers are a conservative total. The numbers are probably more,
however an exact number is not available because many individuals contributed work and
did not document those hours. Only documented hours are presented here. Maintenance
and construction work were many times performed, however not documented.
        It should be noted here that these hours are all volunteer time spent contributing to
the underwater recovery division. There was no compensation for officer’s work

Jeffrey L. Hickman
Coordinator Ottawa County Sheriff Underwater Recovery Division

				
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