Complaints to police on rise

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MEXICO — Complaints to the Police Department are on track to set a record, if the pace of the first two months of 2012 continue.

Lt. Roy Hodsdon said the department has received 60 complaints during the past two weeks, and the total by the end of the month could be more than 300.

“Seems that every year the number of complaints goes up,” he said. “I’m not sure why, maybe the economy.”

Rising most appears to be the number of incidents of domestic assaults and criminal mischief, he said. In 2011, the department received just over 2,000 complaints.

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Among those received during the past week or so are:

Arrests

* James Jasud Jr., 37, Main Street, Dixfield, on a warrant, at 8:48 p.m. Feb. 18. He was bailed from the Police Department and is scheduled to appear in Rumford District Court on April 3.

* Billy Marston, 36, Main Street, Mexico, on a charge of failing to comply with the sex offender registry law, at 7:27 p.m., Feb. 18. He was bailed from the Police Department and is scheduled to appear in Rumford District Court on May 1.

Thefts

* Someone left the Big Apple on the River Road at 10:04 a.m. Feb. 19 without paying for $60 in gas.

* A man left the Mexico One Stop on Harlow Hill at 8 a.m. Feb. 22 without paying for a food item. Police have a lead.

Vandalism

* A Main Street business owner reported at 5:29 p.m. Feb. 20 that two male juveniles smashed two windows valued at $150.

Assault

* Police are investigating a report at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 of a sexual assault by a 17-year-old Industry boy on a 13-year-old Mexico girl. Hodsdon said the investigation is in the initial stages.

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