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Dec 19, 2012
Alton School Security update
Alton Police Chief David Hayes announced today that effective immediately, the Alton Police will have a more visible presence in and around school buildings, both public and private schools. Police officers will be sporadically posted at various schools in the morning and afternoons, when kids are arriving and dismissing from school. This added presence is subject to availability of those officers not already on a high-priority call Police Officers will also be conducting foot patrols through various school buildings during the day while school is in session, to increase visibility and armed security in our schools. Please remember from time to time (but rarely), police officers respond to false reports of bombs, etc at public buildings, including schools. While handling these matters, police personnel need to maintain secure perimeters. Parents are asked not to rush into a secure area in an attempt to “pick up” their child before the area is declared safe".

Oct 31, 2012
Trick-or-Treating Rules
Trick-or-Treating is allowed on October 30th and October 31st
Trick-or-Treating is allowed between the hours of 6:00 P.M. and 8 P.M.
Trick-or-Treating is allowed only at homes where an exterior light is burning.
Children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
Trick-or-Treating may only occur within 5 blocks of the home of the trick-or-treater.

Oct 31, 2012
Alton Halloween Parade Times and Route
Wednesday, Oct. 31 7:30 p.m. Begins at Washington Avenue and Broadway Alton, IL 62002



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Oct 23, 2012
Please join us in honoring and remembering our fal
On October 24, 1992 a devastating event occurred that would forever change our memories. Two Alton firefighters lost their lives in the performance of their jobs. Captain Gary Porter and Firefighter Tim Lewis were ill-fated victims of a senseless arson fire. As we come upon the 20 year anniversary of that tragic day, we would like to unite our fire department families and assemble to pay homage to the men that unselfishly paid the ultimate price in the line of duty for the City of Alton.

We will honor all personnel on this day that have given their lives in the line of duty.

Firefighter Michael Bensman
Firefighter Warren Baker
Captain Gary Porter
Firefighter Tim Lewis

When: Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:00 am
Where: Station #1, 333 E. 20th St., Alton, IL 62002
Itinerary: Gather at the firefighter memorial for an invocation & remembrance followed by a reception in the firehouse.

Oct 15, 2012
3rd Quarter 2012 Crime Statistics

Alton 2012 - 3rd Quarter Crime Statistics (Jan-Sept 2012)

Published 10-10-12

 

 

 

1st 3 Q’s     Murder  Sex Offenses  Robbery  Assault/Battery  Burglary  Theft  M.V. Theft  Arson

   2011            3                14               24                 66                  272        725        40              4

   2012                        2                 10               26                 55                  223        630        35              9

Change      -33.3 %        -28.6 %       +8.3 %         -16.7 %          -18 %     -13 %   -12.5 %    +125 %

      

         (Note: The “Crime Index” is the total sum of all above crime categories for period)

 

           

 

Total 3rd Quarter  Index Crimes:  2011 = 1148                

           2012 =   990             

                                                           

            Year to Date Violent Crime----------------------------  - 13.1 %

            (Murder, Sex Crimes, Robbery, Agg. Assaults)

 

            Year to Date Property Crime--------------------------------  - 13.8 %  

            (Burglary, Theft, M.V. Theft, Arson)                              

                                                           

 

            Overall change from same period last year:  -13.8 %

                                      

 

 

 

 

                                     Drug Arrests

                                                            Cannabis        Controlled Substances                                                                                            2011                   70                              143

                                    2012                   56                             108

                                    Change           -20 %                       -24.5 %         

 



Oct 12, 2012
3rd Quarter 2012 Crime Statistics
A couple times a year, statistics regarding Crimes Reported and Arrests are calculated. Alton Police Chief David Hayes is releasing the following statistics for the 3rd Quarter of 2012. In addition, here are some key notes: Significant arrests were made during the 3rd quarter of 2012 that attribute to some of the reduction in crime in Alton during the past three months: 2 arrests made in a series of scrap metal thefts ( Johnny B. Spencer and Reginald L. Searles). There have been several other metal theft arrests, but the aforementioned (2) suspects were charged and accountable for SEVERAL metal/air conditioner thefts in the area. 11 significant arrests were made for violence/gun offenses from several groups that had been feuding with one another, including several arrests from the Dantavier Thompson murder in July. We continue to see more and more cooperation from the community. Chief Hayes has continued to STRESS that we cannot have a safe community, without the assistance of our residents; “It takes a community to keep a community safe." Overall crime in Alton has been trending downward steadily for the last several years. We attribute this to the established partnerships within our community and the good work of the men and women of the Alton Police Department.

Oct 11, 2012
Milton Area Problem Solving Meetings
(Brown Street Baptist Church) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Oct 11, 2012
Milton Area Problem Solving Meetings
(Brown Street Baptist Church) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Oct 11, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Sep 20, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Aug 16, 2012
Alton Police Give Free Gun Locks
The Alton Police Department is supporting Project CHILDSAFE in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in Missouri and Illinois. Our participation is a partnership between local law enforcement, community leaders, state agencies and businesses to distribute free gunlocks to residents of the City of Alton.Alton Police Officers will distribute free gunlocks at two Alton intersections on Thursday, August 16th from 2:00 PM till 6:00 PM. These intersections are Statehouse Circle and Washington Avenue at Brown Street. Along with the gunlock, we will distribute literature on the safe handling of firearms and safe gun storage tips in the home.Gunlocks will also be available at the Alton Police Department until supplies run out.

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Jul 10, 2012
2012 1st-half Crime Statistics for City of Alton
Overall crime dropped 3.7% for the 1st half of 2012 in the City of Alton as compared to the same period in 2011. The violent crime rate dropped 17% and the property crime rate dropped 2% during the 1st half of 2012. Violent crime consist of: Murder, Sex Offenses, Robbery, and Assault/Battery. Property crimes consist of: Burglary, Theft, Motor Vehicle Theft and Arson. See attached breakdown for specifics.

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Jul 5, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Jun 21, 2012
Milton Area Problem Solving Meetings
(Brown Street Baptist Church) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

May 15, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Apr 5, 2012
Milton Area Problem Solving Meetings
(Brown Street Baptist Church) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Mar 13, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Feb 14, 2012
Milton Area Problem Solving Meetings
(Brown Street Baptist Church) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Feb 1, 2012
Navigate the Tough Questions
Asking and answering questions about alcohol and other drugs is not as difficult as one may think. Here are some helpful hints that can keep the lines of communication open between you and your kids.

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Jan 30, 2012
Alton Police Dept Release 2011 Crime Stats
The Alton Police Department released it's 2011 preliminary Crime Statistics for calendar year 2011.The report indicated the Property Crime rate in Alton rose 4% over 2010 and the Violent Crime rate dropped 12.4% over 2010.The report indicates that the overall crime rate rose 1.8%, with 1551 Part I Felony crimes reported in 2011 as compared to 1523 crimes reported in 2010. See attachment for full report.

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Jan 4, 2012
Mexico, Hunterstown and Middletown Problem Solving
(St. Clare's Hospital) **All Meetings Start At 6:30 p.m.**

Nov 16, 2011
Alton Police - Project Alert Drug Forum
The Alton Police Department in conjunction with Drug Free Alton and the Alton School District, will present a town hall forum entitled "Project Alert", on the topic of the escalating use of prescription drugs and heroin. This very informative forum will be free and open to the general public on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:00 PM at the Alton High School Commons on Humbert Rd.

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Oct 14, 2011
Alton Police release 3rd Quarter Crime Statistics
The Alton Police Department released the crime statistics for the City of Alton for the 1st three quarters of 2011. While overall crime is still collectively down compared to the three quarters last year, Murders increased by 1, Robberies have increased by 4, and Burglaries have increased by 39. All other categories have declined. One significant increase is the amount of controlled substance arrests, which are attributed to the Police Department's "Operation Crackdown", where emphasis on drug crimes has increased during the past year.

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Oct 4, 2011
Weed & Seed Announcement
The next Weed & Seed Neighborhood Problem Solving Meeting will be Tuesday, October 4th, at 6:30 P.M., at Saint Clare’s Hospital.

Sep 1, 2011
Reminder Upcoming Weed & Seed Related Events
Just a reminder, there will be several Weed & Seed events occurring in September; please save the dates for the following:

On September 8th, the Drug Free Alton Coalition is sponsoring a town hall meeting. A panel of representatives from the community will address a variety of topics. The moderator will be Superintendent Dr. Ken Spells. The keynote speaker will be Chief Hayes and Jan Mirikitani will be the special guest speaker. This event will be at the Alton Middle School's Main Auditorium from 6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

On September 10th, the Fall City-Wide Litter Cleanup will occur from 9:00 - Noon. This is a rain or shine event.

Also on September 10th, the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council will be sponsoring the 8th annual walk to end violence. This year's event is titled "Park to Park for Peace" and the walk will begin at Hellrung Park (at the entrance at Central and East 7th) and end at Haskell Park. Registration begins at 11:00 and the walk begins at 11:30. Free food will be offered at Haskell Park following the walk.

The next Neighborhood Problem Solving is in the Milton Area at Brown Street Baptist Church on September 20th, at 6:30 P.M.


Jul 19, 2011
Crime Rate falls 18% in 1st half of 2011
The UCR (Uniform Crime Report) for the first half of 2011 revealed an 18.3% decline in Part 1 index crimes in Alton, as compared to the same period last year. The report also indicated a significant increase (69%)in arrests for controlled substance drug violations. Controlled substances include cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines.

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Jul 19, 2011
Neighborhood Prblem Solving meetng dates
The upcoming dates for the Alton Police Department Weed & Seed Neighborhood Problem Solving meetings are as follows: September 20th at Brown St Baptist Church. October 4th at St. Clare's Hospital. December 20th at Brown St. Baptist Church

Jul 19, 2011
National Night Out events
The Alton Police Department will join the community in celebrating NATIONAL NIGH OUT in two ways and two dates. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT KICK-OFF: Monday, August 1, 2011, starting at 6:00 pm, at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Mungenast Alton Toyota Scion, St. Anthony’s Health Center, Alton Memorial Hospital, Fritz Distributing, Kraft Foods, Target Stores, Drug Free Alton, Alton Weed & Seed Strategy Neighborhood Problem Solving group members, Alton Police Department, Alton Fire Department, and the City of Alton invite you to join them to Kick-off National Night Out with a community event at the Alton Amphitheater in Riverfront Park. There will be free food, music, prizes, demonstrations of fire and law enforcement equipment, lots of giveaways, and the movie Stand by Me will be shown at dusk. In the event of rain, the Kick-Off will be at Gordon Moore Park. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods and neighborhood watch groups throughout Alton are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “27th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states. In all, over 34 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on August 2nd. For more information about these neighborhood celebrations or how to start a Neighborhood Watch Group in your neighborhood, please contact Lt. Al Adams of the Alton Police Department at 463-3505, Extension 263. On Tuesday, August 2, 2011, is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Jul 5, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
July 5, 2011 6:30 p.m. Mexico, Hunterstown & Middletown Problem Solving Meeting-St. Clare's Hospital

Jul 2, 2011
Fireworks Event
June 22, 2011 – Due to the fireworks display, the Clark Bridge at Alton will close at approximately 9:15 P.M. on Saturday, July 2nd. The fireworks will start at approximately 9:20 P.M. and should last approximately 20-25 minutes. The Clark Bridge will be closed during the fireworks display. The Clark Bridge will reopen immediately after the fireworks grand finale at approximately 9:50 P.M. The Alton pedestrian bridge will be closed immediately prior to the fireworks display. The pedestrian bridge will reopen shortly after the conclusion of the fireworks. The Lincoln Shields area in West Alton may be closed due to flooding. Please check for updates regarding river levels and parking status of the Lincoln Shields area. The roadway between U.S. 67 and Lincoln Shields will be closed to all traffic and parking prior to the start of the display, please obey all posted parking instructions. The Corps of Engineers will allow parking on Riverland’s Parkway, including the Corps’ parking lot. The United States Coast Guard will be closing the Mississippi River from Mile Marker 202.5 to Mile Maker 203.0. The River will close at approximately 9:00 P.M. and will remain closed until all pyrotechnics have been properly disposed, approximately 10:00 P.M. Please tune to Marina Channel 16 for definitive information on the day of the event regarding closure and reopening times. Please follow the direction of local law enforcement agencies, fire protection agencies, and other state and federal agencies in the area. Questions regarding the Mississippi River closure should be directed to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at 618-462-1181.

Jun 21, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
June 21, 2011 6:30 p.m. Milton Area Problem Solving Meeting-Brown Street Baptist Church

May 12, 2011
1st Quarter 2011 Crime Report Shows 37% decrease
The Alton Police Department released it's 1st quarter Crime report for 2011 which revealed an overall decrease in the crime index by 37%, as compared to the same period last year. See the attached detailed report for specific crime categories.

Apr 5, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
Mexico, Hunterstown & Middletown Problem Solving Meeting April 5, 2011 St. Clare's Hospital 6:30 p.m.

Mar 15, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
Milton Area Problem Solving Meeting March 15, 2011 Brown Street Baptist Church 6:30 p.m.

Feb 2, 2011
Emergency Operations Center closed
February 2, 2011 – Since most of the severe portions of the bad weather missed Alton, the Alton Emergency Operations Center closed this morning at 9:00 A.M. The Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments are operating normally for the conditions. The Public Works Department continues to clear primary routes and are now clearing secondary streets. Drivers are advised to use caution if they try to drive on the streets. Private residents and companies should not shovel or plow snow from private property onto City streets.

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Feb 2, 2011
Alton Crime Statistics for 2010
Alton Police Release 2010 Crime Statistics. Effective January 1, 2010, the US Dept of Justice changed by way that crimes are reported to them by police agencies across the country. Although it is clear that overall crime went down in 2010 (over 2009), a significant amount of the reduction is skewed because of the new rule, called the "Hierarchy Rule" for crime indexing. Under the Department of Justice's new "Hierarchy Rule" of crime indexing, multiple offenses occurring during the commission of a single criminal act are no longer reported as separate crimes. For instance, in 2009, if a person committed six separate vehicle burglaries (simultaneously) on a parking lot of a business, it was counted as six separate vehicle burglaries. In 2010 those same six offenses only count as one vehicle burglary (all occurring at the same time). Pursuant to the new reporting requirements, the Alton Police Department released the raw data for the preliminary 2010 Uniform Crime Statistics that reveal an overall decrease of crime (compared to 2009) by 8.2%. Violent crime had the largest drop of 40.4%. The 2010 crime numbers show the lowest crime index for the City of Alton in the past 16 years. See the attached link for all of the raw 2010 Crime Statistics.

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Feb 1, 2011
Police Service Affected by Winter Storm
On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (February 1st, 2nd & 3rd) Police response may be affected by the severe winter weather. Police Chief David Hayes said that with the potential for wide-spread power outages and impassible streets, the police department will prioritize their response to calls that involve risk to public safety. The police will respond to all emergency calls that involve personal injury and will only respond to property-related crimes and incidents when manpower and road conditions permit. Citizens are encouraged to make telephone reports of incidents until weather and road conditions improve.

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Feb 1, 2011
EOC Activation
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Mayor Tom Hoechst-618-465-7119 EOC Contact-618-465-7028 Police Department-618-463-3505 Emergency Operations Center Established – Alton, Illinois February 1, 2011 – The City of Alton has activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Alton Police Station at 1700 E. Broadway. Representatives from the Mayor’s Office (including Mayor Hoechst), Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department, Comptroller’s Office, and Legal Department are present in the EOC. The City’s EOC is in contact with Madison County’s EOC. Please visit the City’s website, http://www.alton-il.com, or Alton Police Department’s website, http://www.altonpolice.com, for updates. During this winter storm, please avoid all travel and remain indoors. Any press inquiries should be addressed to the Mayor at the above listed phone number.

Feb 1, 2011
Snow Emergency Routes
Snow/Emergency Routes Elm Street – State St. to Circle Broadway – William St. to E. Alton Belle Street – 3rd St. to State Alby St. – Broadway to City Limit College Ave. – Annex St. to Circle Washington Ave. – Broadway to Humbert Rd. Main St. – Broadway to Amelia Brown St. – Milton to E. 7th Milton Rd. – Broadway to Brown Central Ave. – Broadway to Circle Fosterburg Rd – RT 140 to I-255 Henry St. – Broadway to Blair The above routes will be given snow removal/treatment priority by the Public Works Division as main travel arteries for emergency services and Mass Transit

Feb 1, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
North Alton/West Side VFW February 17, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Jan 4, 2011
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
Mexico, Hunterstown & Middletown St. Clare's Hospital January 4, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Dec 21, 2010
Milton Area Problem Solving Meeting
The next Milton Area Problem Solving Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 21st, at 6:30pm at Brown Street Baptist Church.

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Nov 23, 2010
Lt. Adams appointed to Support Services Commander
Police Chief David Hayes announced that effective November 15, 2010 Lt. Al Adams, a 21 year veteran of the Alton Police Department was appointed to the position of Support Services Commander. The former Support Services Commander, Lt. Michael McNamara was reassigned to the Patrol Division as he nears his retirement.

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Nov 18, 2010
North Alton-West Side Problem Soving Meeting
The next North Alton-West Side Neighborhood Problem Solving Meeting is set for Thursday, Novemebr 18th at 6:30pm. The Meeting location has changed. We will meet at the Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 Alby St. Alton.

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Sep 21, 2010
City providing drop-off box for unwanted meds

By LINDA N. WELLER

ALTON - People wanting to dispose of unwanted medications safely without harming the environment - or risking someone else ingesting the pills or capsules - can drop them off at the Alton Police Department, beginning Sept. 28.

A kick-off ceremony to initiate the use of a pharmaceutical drop-off box will be held at 2 p.m. that day in the lobby of the Donald E. Sandidge Alton Law Enforcement Center.

"By providing an easy way for residents to dispose of unwanted medications properly, we are keeping them out of the hands of our children and our water supply," Police Chief David Hayes said.

Hayes said the box, similar to a mailbox, will be bolted to the floor and within range of a surveillance camera in the police station. The expired or otherwise unwanted medications can be over-the-counter or prescriptions.

He said an Alton pharmacy will dispose of some of the drugs, and any illegal drugs will be incinerated at Alton Steel, which also burns firearms for the Alton Police Department. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency discourages people from flushing medicines down the toilet.

The project is a collaboration among Illinois-American Water Co., the Alton Police Department, Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst and LeClaire Family Pharmacy (formerly Massey Pharmacy) of North Alton.

"We are protecting two of our most valuable resources - our children and our water," Hoechst said.

Karen Cotton, spokeswoman for Illinois-American, said the Alton drop-off box is the company's second such container in Southern Illinois and the 13th statewide. A 14th pharmaceutical box is in the works for Belleville, but plans are not finalized, she said.

"Our goal is to establish a greatly expanded network of secure pharmaceutical collection centers throughout the state," said Mike Lawhon, operations manager of the company's Alton district.

Cotton said so far, some 130,000 pounds of unwanted medications have been collected at the 12 initial boxes and then incinerated. Pontiac Township High School developed the P2D2 medication disposal program that the company uses as a model.

The Sept. 28 kickoff in Alton will be held in conjunction with National Take Back Day, Sept. 25. The U.S. Department of Justice and its Drug Enforcement Administration are sponsoring the National Take Back Initiative, working with state and local law enforcement agencies.

The purpose is to remove potentially dangerous, controlled substances from the nation's medicine cabinets so they will not be used illegally or disposed of improperly so as to harm the environment or public health.

Cotton said the water company is a member of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency's Medication Education Disposal Solutions Task Force.

The IEPA website (http://www.epa.state.il.us/medication-disposal/documents/meds-fact-sheet.pdf) says flushing medications down a toilet or sink "create(s) the potential for harmful chemicals to end up in our lakes, rivers, streams and ground water," which can harm the aquatic ecosystem.

"The effects of pharmaceuticals can be observed in certain aquatic life, such as fish," it says. "Meds that are flushed down the toilet can end up in the water system and affect the environment. Meds that are thrown in the trash can spend years degrading into the soil and eventually make their way into ground and surface water. In addition to the effect on water, chemicals from medicinal waste can also end up in fertilizers used on the soil. Trace amounts of pharmaceutical-related chemicals have been found in finished drinking water sampling done recently by the Illinois EPA.

"While there are no specific standards, these amounts are not considered a hazard to human health at the levels found so far, with additional sampling planned," the website continues. "However, with the increased use of medications, such as by the large boomer generation, there is the potential for greater concentrations in the future if preventive steps are not taken."

Courtesy of thetelegraph.com



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Feb 9, 2010
Alton Police Release 2009 Crime Statistics
The Alton Police Department released the preliminary 2009 Uniform Crime Statistics that reveal an overall decrease of crime (compared to 2008) by 4.4%. Violent crime had the largest drop of 17.8%. The 2009 crime numbers show the lowest crime index for the City of Alton in the past 15 years. Cocaine and other Controlled Substance arrests were up 31%, which police administrators believe is attributed to the reduction of violent crime. See the link below for all of the 2009 Crime Statistics.

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Jan 4, 2010
Weed and Seed Problem Solving Meeting
The next Middletown, Mexico, Hunterstown meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 4th at 6:30pm at St. Clares Hospital.

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