Pace picks up in August for police

DTL Staff
Staff Write

After a relatively tame July, activity cranked back up in August for West Point Police.

According to Chief Avery Cook's monthly report to Selectmen, the department answered 1,239 calls in August.

That was up from July but still below the 1,348 calls during a busy June.

Of the August calls, 66 were for stray or roaming animals with four dog ordinance violations, 70 were for disturbances, 54 were for alarms, 69 were for suspicious persons and another 32 for suspicious vehicles, 52 were for traffic accidents, including 15 with injuries, 16 were reckless drivers, 33 were motorist assists and 30 escorts including 22 for businesses and eight funerals, and 66 were for building checks.

Officers made 468 traffic stops, wrote 37 speeding tickets, 35 no insurance citations, 41 drivers license violations, 19 license tag tickets, and 24 seat belt violations.

They also made six DUI arrests.
Besides traffic citations and arrests, officers made 26 other misdemeanor arrests, including four for domestic violence, three for trespassing and two each for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Officers also made one felony domestic violence arrest.

Detectives handles one potential murder case, the Aug. 19 shooting death of 26-year-old Aaron Lamont Fenton at the intersection of Fifth and Progress streets.

Investigators continue to search for 27-year-old suspect, Brian Bowens, who has been on the run since the shooting.
The department's narcotics unit made nine arrests, including three related to marijuana and two for cocaine possession.

The Fire Department answered 20 calls during the month, down from July and below the summer high of 28 in June.

Of the August calls, two were for gas leaks and six others were for electrical shorts, one was for a building fire, three were to assist ambulance crews and one each were for an accident with injuries and a wreck with no injuries.
The department's major fire during the month was the tragic Aug. 1 blaze at Layne Drive Apartments where a 24-year-old mother and her daughter died.

An electrical short is believed to have caused the fire.

Water Light Department Director Boodro Marsac told Selectmen has repaired a defective fire hydrant on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at Marrow Street that was leaking into a drainage ditch.

The department also is working with Suncoast Infrastructure on a plan to use cameras to inspect the city's aging sewer pipes to find the worst areas where drainage water is seeping into broken or cracked lines, causing sewage back up in residential areas and overloading the city's treatment system.