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Posted: Saturday, July 2, 2011 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Criminal offenses in Bonner County increased 9.7 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to the Idaho State Police’s Uniform Crime Report.

The total number of offenses in the county climbed from 1,807 to 1,983 during that time frame, the annual report said.

The number of cases cleared in crimes against persons, property and society improved from 748 in 2009 to 766 in 2010. The number of adults arrested for such offenses fell from 379 in 2009 to 287 in 2010, while the number of juvenile arrests increased from 111 to 124 during that time frame.

The number of aggravated and simple assaults increased slightly, as did the number of burglaries.

The number of adult drunken driving arrests slipped from 271 to 264 from 2009 to 2010. The number of illegal drug cases fell from 196 in 2009 to 173 in 2010.

There were six arson cases reported in Bonner County in 2010, none of which have been cleared, the report said. Ten forcible rape cases were reported, six of which have yet to be cleared.

Total offenses increased slightly for each of the city police departments in Bonner County except Priest River, where total offenses dipped.

Total offenses in Ponderay increased from 105-146, while Sandpoint’s increased from 621-645. Total offenses handled by the sheriff’s office inched from 1,077 in 2009 to 1,080 in 2010.

Priest River’s total offenses fell from 124 in 2009 to 102 in 2010, according to the report. Drunken driving offenses declined slight from 23 to 20.

Drunken driving arrests in Ponderay stayed flat at 14, while Sandpoint’s DUI arrests went from 114 in 2009 to 101 in 2010. Drunken driving arrests by sheriff’s deputies bumped from 120 in 2009 to 129 in 2010.

Statewide, crimes against people, property and society decreased by 1.6 percent.

• The 252-page “Crime in Idaho” report can be found on the Idaho State Police website ( Statistics for Bonner County can be found along with the online edition of this story (

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  • Ron Adamik posted at 10:18 am on Sun, Jul 10, 2011.

    Ron Adamik Posts: 389

    Lash is out of his element here. He has no clue when blogging on crime issue with professional LEOs, now retired. Don’t get in these discussions with the GREAT ONES Lash; all you can do is make a fool out of yourself.

    Lash failed to mention that violent street criminals, in good times and bad, are almost always Democrats. That’s why there is a Democrat led push to allow convicted felons in and out of the prisons to vote, to increase Democratic votes. In my political science class last year there was discussion about this very topic and it was mentioned in our textbook. It is a hot topic on the college and university campus everywhere today. And of course, far left professors across the USA by and large support felons voting. If the Democrats have their way, convicted cop killers, convicted child rapists and murderers, to name but a couple of examples, in prison for life or awaiting execution, will have their voting rights restored. That’s like “Billy-Bob Weinerhausen" and Barack Obama supporting unlawful immigrant Humberto Leal Garcia, the righteously convicted child rapist and child murderer executed in Texas the other day (thank you Gov. Rick Perry for sending this monster to Hell; he will rape and kill children no more). Yep, President Barack HUSSEIN Obama, Billy-Bob Weinerhausen, and many other far left Democrats everywhere in the USA appear to be supporters of child rapists and child murderers amongst others, having their voting rights restored. The classic inversion of values has taken place in the once great Democratic Party. What is “good is now bad.” What is “bad is now good.” Typical far left modern Democratic values. That means typical “Bobby People” values. Thank God the country is moving toward the right and moreover to the Tea Party.

    Sincerely, Ron Adamik

  • Old Cop posted at 3:34 am on Sun, Jul 3, 2011.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    I fail to see why desperate people out of work would be going out and committing a rape or burning somebody's house down. I might expect an increase in people getting caught shoplifting. I'm more inclined to think it's probably a slight increase in meth usage. Assaults tending upward is a sort of a clue. I don't see anything here that is significant. It looks like a normal annual variation. I'm all for people keeping their eyes open and calling the cops when they suspect something wrong. I always felt pride making a good righteous arrest and citizen's tips were an important factor in many.

  • ski2work posted at 9:19 pm on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    ski2work Posts: 629

    Unfortunately, as more people lose their jobs, desperate people do things they wouldn't do normally. Increasing community watch programs will help. Neighbors should be watching out for neighbors.

  • backlash posted at 5:09 pm on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    backlash Posts: 1509

    Crime always goes up during hard times!