The Grundy County Sheriff’s Department reported its 2019 year end summary this week, noting that the number of overdoses the department responded to in 2019 were down 43% from 2018.
The numbers, which represent reporting from Dec. 1, 2018, through Nov. 30, 2019, showed the department responded to a total of 21 overdoses in 2019, versus 37 in 2018.
The year did bring the county’s first homicide in several years. On May 14, 39-year-old Elizabeth Link was found inside her burned home in Verona. The fire was ruled an arson and Link’s death ruled a homicide. Investigators continue to actively work this case, according to a release issued by the department on Sunday.
Other numbers reported for 2019:
• Traffic stops increased by 37%, with a total of 6,499 in 2019.
• Impaired driving arrests were 40% higher than in 2018, with 134 arrests in 2019 versus 94 the previous year.
• Traffic citations issued increased 15%, with a total of 3,828 citations issued in 2019. There also were more traffic fatalities in 2019, with a total of seven deaths in 2019 versus three deaths in 2018.
• Total arrests increased 20%, with 522 adult arrests and six juvenile arrests in 2019, versus 394 adult arrests and seven juvenile arrests in 2018.
A new K9 Unit also was added in 2019, at a total cost of $15,000. That funding was secured with $12,000 in community donations and $3,000 from the drug forfeiture fund.