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50 years, time goes on- Compare: More now in custody in the Tama County Jail in Toledo

By John Speer Editor

February 15, 2020
With Jimmie Roberts - Tama County Historical Society ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Reporting in the popular Glance at the Past column by the Tama County Historical Society in January of this year, writer Jimmie Roberts noted the statistics for 1969 for the Tama County Jail in Toledo as supplied by Sheriff Milo Quigley.

Current Sheriff Dennis Kucera has provided a similar comparison for 50 years later- for 2019- showing more than double the number of total prisoners confined in 2019.

Quigley's 1969 jail had held a total of 310 inmates including 255 adult males, 32 were adult females, there were 10 male and 13 female juveniles held, Roberts reported.

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The crimes included a majority for intoxication totaling 110; OMVI's accounted for 27; illegal possession of beer, 25; intoxication on a public highway, 15; disturbing the peace, and false checks 15 each; contributing to delinquency of a minor and held for juvenile authorities and other departments, 12.

Last year, Sheriff's Kucera's figures show 762 persons held in the jail. This included 565 adult males, 177 adult females, and 20 juveniles. Total confinement days served were 8,222.

In 2019 the crimes included OWI 89, possession of illegal drugs / substances- 74, assaults (simple, serious, aggravated) 73, harassment, interference with official acts, disorderly conduct - total of 40,domestic assault 37, public intoxication 35, criminal mischief, vandalism 26.

And, burglaries 17, child endangerment 16, sexual assault 13, trespassing 10, forgery, fraud 10, weapons charges 8, vehicle theft 6, forcible rape 4, one each- kidnapping, arson and robbery.

In addition, Kucera says 100 arrests warrants were aso served in 2019.

While the figures reflect a rise in crime it also appears many continue to be alcohol-related as they were 50 years ago.



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