Updated: February 1, 2013 11:18PM
Violent, property crime levels down
Both violent and property crime decreased in 2012 compared to 2011, police Chief Mark Becker said Friday.
The city recorded three homicides, which Becker said is the lowest number since at least 1975. Overall, violent crimes dropped 13 percent, with three homicides, nine rapes, 90 robberies and 120 aggravated assaults.
Property crimes totalled 1,851 in 2012, a drop of five percent over 2011.
Becker commended “all members of the police department” for their work. “Increased interaction with the public is also to be credited in reducing as well as solving crimes,” Becker stated in a news release.
Fight at bar leads to one arrest
Hobart police have confirmed that several of the department’s off-duty police officers were at the Round the Corner Pub, 1701 E. 37th Ave., Hobart, just before 2 a.m. Jan. 27 when an argument broke out, resulting in the arrest of one man.
However, police Detective Sgt. David Grissom said there were no complaints filed against any of the police officers, whom he did not name, nor did anyone come to the station to file a report against them.
Grissom said both Hobart and Lake Station police officers responded to a call of a fight involving several subjects at the pub.
Grissom said Ulysses Brisneo, 31, of Lake Station, was arrested for public intoxication. He said Brisneo was using profanity and yelling at the officers, saying he was unfairly being singled out.
Grissom said it was only after Brisneo continued to scream and swear after being told to stop that he was arrested and taken to Hobart Jail.
Grissom said Acting Police Chief Vance Thompson talked to all the off-duty police officers at the scene. “At this point, he doesn’t think the officers did anything wrong,” Grissom said.