Morenci annual police report 2.4

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s annual police report is more a story of what didn’t happen rather than a summary of what did.

No homicides. No kidnappings. No vehicle thefts. No gambling problems. No reports of prostitution.

The crimes that trouble larger communities don’t make the list in Morenci.

“We do a lot of work,” police chief Larry Weeks told city council Jan. 12, “but the severity of complaints remains very low.”

Police arrested 11 individuals for assault, but that was about average compared to recent years.

Eight arrests were made for marijuana possession, an increase of five over the previous year, and nine people were arrested for drunken driving.

Probation violations led to seven arrests and six drivers were arrested for driving with a revoked or suspended license.

Only one arrest was made for aggravated assault—an incident that requires medical treatment.

The overall crime report shows a significant increase in suspicious situation investigations and a decrease in found and lost property.

Property damage accidents rose from 21 to 35. Family abuse and neglect reports rose from one over the two previous years to five in 2008.

Total larcenies reached 68, 10 more than the five-year average.

Most other reports changed little from previous years.

“They remain fairly consistent,” Chief Weeks said, “and Morenci remains a very safe place to raise a family.”

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