Purdy City Council members have approved the purchase of two Scorpion micro DVRs for officers to wear during routine traffic stops and when they are away from their patrol cars for any reason. The purchase was approved at the March meeting of the Purdy City Council.
Officers will wear the recording devices to serve as a factual record of events in case incidents are disputed by citizens or needed for evidence in potential lawsuits.
Police Chief Jackie Lowe also reported a number of complaints from citizens about dogs running at large in the city. The department received a total of five dog complaints for the month, most concerning dogs stringing trash through neighborhoods or being aggressive toward pedestrians.
Lowe also responded to a 911 call reporting a fire at Ramey Supermarket. That was a false report. Lowe then responded to Rainbow Dreams Daycare on North Business 37 after Barry County dispatchers reported a total of 11 hang-up calls from that location. Lowe discovered four juvenile males playing with a cell phone. The parents of the children involved were contacted and informed of the incidents.
Officers also responded to Purdy High School following the report of several items stolen during a boys basketball game. Among the items taken were an iPhone and an iPad, valued at about $1,000.
Two witnesses observed two males entering the locker room and later went to one of the suspect's home north of Purdy and confronted him regarding the thefts. The investigating officer was called to the resident's home when he was advised that a large group of parents and students had gathered at the home of the suspect.
The 14-year-old juvenile involved in the incident also has felony charges pending through the juvenile office, and a 17-year-old suspect is also facing charges.
Aldermen approved the purchase of a new Dell computer for the police department at a cost of $687.45.
In his report to aldermen, Ted McIntire, rks employee, discussed raising the cost of sewer taps to $75. Aldermen approved the change.
Members of the Purdy City Council are still waiting for officials with the Department of Natural Resources to continue progress on the wastewater system improvements.
The next regular meeting of the Purdy City Council will be at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 11 at City Hall.