WILMINGTON —Patrol made 26 arrests over the last week, including two suspects arrested for shoplifting, one juvenile for breaking into a residence on Jodie Lane, and one for creating a disturbance at a local eating establishment after the employee allegedly assaulted a manager and then resisted arrest. Taken into custody for this incident was Maria Allen, 40, of Douglas Street, Wilmington.
Patrol also solved a smash-and-grab at a local gas station where two people smashed a window and entered the business and stole cigarettes. These two will have the case sent to grand jury for possible indictment on breaking and entering and theft.
Over the past week officers handled two overdose calls — in one of them, Erica Johnson, 38, of Howard Street, Wilmington was charged with child endangering.
This week WPD handled 361 calls for service (CFS), a little more than the previous week. Assist citizen calls lead as the top call for the week. These can be calls for answering questions, stranded motorist or to aid someone who is locked out of their house.
The second-highest type of call for the week was welfare checks. The city has an aging population, so we find ourselves getting calls to go check on loved ones as well as checking on the welfare of children. Traffic crashes rounded out the top three for CFS.
We still had some thefts and domestics. We handled 10 theft reports over the week. One was for a bike on the south end of town, two were shoplifting, and three were thefts from cars on the east side of town, specifically the city park area.
The rest of the thefts came from business on Rombach Avenue. One of the thefts involved a gun and the subject was arrested in a neighboring lot. This subject was taken into custody without incident.
Our dispatch gave out 361 police calls, dispatched Wilmington Fire and EMS 75 times this week, dispatched Blanchester Fire seven times, and Sabina Richland Wayne & Wilson Joint Fire & EMS 14 times.
Duane Weyand is Chief of Police of Wilmington.