Police report activity

Friday, February 16, 2018
Lewisburg Police Chief David Henley recognized the Lewisburg Animal Shelter for their accomplishments during the past year. He presented awards for exceptional service to Shelter Manager Susan Ragsdale, Brandy Fox, who coordinates the shelter’s volunteers, and to all of the shelter volunteers as well. “The volunteers are phenomenal,” said Henley. “We could not do what we do without them.”Operations at the shelter were expanded last year and the new outlook and organization are bearing fruit. Henley said that 405 dogs were brought in to the shelter during the year. Of those, 131 were returned to their owner, 60 dogs and one cat were adopted locally, and 195 dogs were adopted by animal rescue organizations. Only 18 dogs had to be euthanized during the year, all due to injuries or health issues when they were brought in to the shelter. “That is phenomenal compared to where we were five or six years ago,” said Henley. Pictured from left: Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham, Ragsdale, and Fox.
Tribune photo by Scott Pearson

By Scott Pearson

Associate Editor

Most of the agenda for the Lewisburg City Council meeting on Tuesday touched, at least, on the police department.

Lewisburg Police Chief David Henley presented the council with his report for the departments activity during 2017.

All told, the police department responded to 16,297 calls for service during the year.

A full breakdown of the department’s year will appear in a future edition of the Tribune.

Henley also presented awards to the staff of the Lewisburg Animal Shelter for their successes during 2017.

Councilmen unanimously approved two changes to the city’s employment policy.

One resolution clarified how city employees would be paid if the city was closed for inclement weather and the other changed overtime requirements for weeks that included holiday pay hours when employees were called in to work on an emergency basis.

Director of Public Works Buck Beard and Lewisburg Fire Chief Larry Williams presented a deal that they had worked out to the council.

At the council’s work session last week, Williams had asked the council to consider the purchase of a vehicle to replace the one currently used by the department’s assistant chief.

That vehicle is a police surplus vehicle on which repairs are beginning to outweigh the value of the vehicle.

Beard said that he had funds remaining in his capital outlay budget for vehicle purchases for this year that would cover the cost of a new vehicle for the fire department if the department would cover some of the storm water inspection requirements of Public Works.

Williams said that fire inspections touched on many of the same points as storm water inspections and that the deal would not add much additional responsibility.

Councilmen approved the arrangement.

The police department came up again during the citizens comment period of the meeting.

Richard Hubbard addressed the council concerning a traffic stop conducted last week.

Hubbard felt that the stop was excessive. According to his statement, the officer claimed that he could not see the numbers clearly on Hubbard’s vehicle.

Officers searched his vehicle and ran a police dog around it twice, before letting him go on his way without a citation, he said.

Hubbard expressed the feeling that the entire interaction was unnecessary.

Mayor Jim Bingham invited Hubbard to speak with him further about the incident at City Hall.

“I’m glad you took the opportunity to come and speak,” said Bingham.

At one point, several years ago, the city had an advisory committee for police matters although it was allowed to lapse after a couple of years.