911 numbers have some surprises for city, county

Clay County E-911 Director Treva Hodge updates supervisors during Monday's meeting.
Staff Writer

On raw numbers, disturbances, residential and business alarms, and animal calls, not burglaries or other property crimes, were the most frequent calls for West Point Police officers and Clay County Sheriff's deputies in February, according to E-911 records presented Monday to the Clay County Board of Supervisors.

West Point officers responded to 71 alarm calls during the month, with 39 at businesses and 31 at homes. Officers responded to six fight calls and 70 disturbance calls with 40 of those being classified as "other," 14 being domestic- related and 10 classified as "noise."

Similarly, officers handled 28 suspicious person calls, 23 suspicious vehicles and 18 "suspicious activity" reports. They also went to 110 general "officer needed" calls.

And officers responded to 27 stray animal calls, 13 other animal calls, two animal bites, and one case of reported animal cruelty.

The department handled 55 accidents, including at least 34 that involved no injuries and six that were hit and runs.

On other noteworthy categories, officers responded to nine "shots fired" calls and six burglaries, two each from businesses, homes and cars.

And finally among the total of 976 calls, they made 190 traffic stops.

The city fire department had 23 calls handled by the county's E-911 dispatchers. The county volunteer fire departments had a total of 42 calls during the month and the ambulance service logged 184 calls, including 161 basic ambulance calls.

At the Sheriff's Department, deputies did 204 building checks and went to 37 "officer needed" calls.They made 126 traffic stops and answered 19 calls for suspicious vehicles, people or activities. They handled 14 disturbance calls, including three domestics and two at nightclubs.

In other business during Monday's meeting, supervisors:

-- Got an update on the county's beaver removal program contracted through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Trapper Johnny Carter, who works Clay and four other counties, reported he'd removed 42 beavers in October, November and December and broke up nine dams. He said even with high waters, numbers were similar in January and February.
He is in the county full-time for the next few days and has been working areas reported by supervisors in the western part of the county and on county-owned land near Yokohama.
Areas along Beasley, Dixie, Lake Grove, Lake Lilly, Pine Grove, and Lone Oak roads were among some included in his reports;

-- Authorized the release of $11,821 from a 2015 grant to purchase equipment for the ambulance service;

-- Authorized E-911 Director Treva Hodge to apply for $6,450 grant to buy a vehicle stabilization kit. West Point and the county will put $645 toward the grant, which will purchase equipment to stabilize trucks and other large vehicles during accidents.