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July 15, 2013

Snapshot: Pitts. Co. felony case filings in June

McALESTER — There were 15 more felony case filings at the Pittsburg County Courthouse in June 2013 than there were in June 2012, an investigation of case records show.

In June 2013, there were 60 felony cases filed. Since multiple people can be charged in a single case, there were 64 people charged with one or more felony counts in those 60 cases.

In June 2012, there were 45 felony cases filed in which 55 people were charged with one or more felony counts.

In comparing the June felony case filings in both years, an investigation of court records reveals:

• There were the same amount of drug and alcohol- related felonies filed in both June 2013 and June 2012.

• There were 16 people charged in theft cases in June 2012 and 10 in June 2013.

• There were 11 felony assault charges in May 2012, whereas there were seven in May 2013.

• There were five firearm felony charges filed in June 2013 whereas there were no firearm cases filed in June 2012.

• The number of felony burglary charges was about the same with five filed in June 2013 and four filed in June 2012.

• Sex-crime cases increased this year, as there were four felony sex crime cases filed in June 2013 and one was filed in June 2012.

• Crimes against children increased by one case — five were five filed in June 2013 and four were filed in June 2012.

• Inmate-related charges also increased — there were nine inmate-related felony cases filed in June 2013 and only one was filed in June 2012.

• There were two kidnapping cases filed in June 2013 and none were filed in June 2012.

• There were two cases classified as “other” filed in June 2013 and none were filed in June 2012. Other cases are those which don’t fall under the categories already listed.

• In both April 2012 and 2013, the following types of cases were not filed: Murder, manslaughter, arson and animal cruelty.

The Breakdown - June 2013

• Drug and/or Alcohol — Of the 64 people charged with felony counts, 24 were charged with drug or alcohol- related charges. This category includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of drugs (including methamphetamine, Marijuana, Hydrocodone, synthetic marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms), manufacturing methamphetamine or possession of materials with intent to manufacture, maintaining a place for keeping and selling drugs, cultivation of drugs and child endangerment by driving under the influence.

• Theft — Of the 64 people charged, 10 were charged with theft. This category includes grand larceny, automobile theft, concealing stolen property or possession of stolen property, embezzlement, obtaining cash or merchandise by false pretenses, identity theft, taking or receiving a stolen credit or debit card, unauthorized use of credit card and false declaration of ownership in pawn.

• Assault — Of the 64 people charged, seven were charged with assault. This category includes domestic assault and battery, domestic assault in the presence of a minor, assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon and assault on a police officer.

• Firearm — Of the 64 people charged, five had a firearm-related charges. This category includes possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, felon in possession of a firearm and feloniously pointing a firearm.

• Burglary — Of the 64 people charged, five were charged with burglary. This category includes both first and second degree burglary.

• Sex Crimes — Of the 64 people charged, four are facing felony sex crime charges. This category includes lewd exhibition of person and failure to register as a sex offender.

• Crimes against Children — Of the 64 people charged, five are accused of crimes against children. This category includes child abuse by injury, enabling child abuse and child endangerment .

• Inmate Crime — Of the 64 people charged, nine are facing crimes involving inmates. This category includes possession of a contraband in a penal institution.

• Kidnapping — Of the 64 people charged, two were accused of kidnapping.

• Other — Of the 64 people charged, two are facing felony charges different from those listed above. This category includes leaving the scene of an accident involving injury and using security equipment to avoid detection while committing a felony.

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