Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

January 28, 2014

Crime stats trending down

Corsicana — A review of crime statistics released Tuesday by the Corsicana Police Department shows most serious crimes in the city declined in 2013.

Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton said that “Part 1 offenses” — a term used for uniform crime reports and including such crimes as murder, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault and burglaries — were down 7.33 percent in 2013 over figures for 2012.

The year 2013 found 1,365 such crimes reported to Corsicana Police, down from 1,473 in 2012.

Most categories of series crimes went down, although residential burglaries did see an increase of 11 percent in the last year, with 211 reports compared to 190 reported in 2012.

“Almost all of them are daytime burglaries committed when people are at work or are gone from the home,” Bratton explained. “That’s an area we need to improve on this year.”

Burglaries of businesses were down 36 percent for the year, Bratton said, down from 157 in 2012 to 100 in 2013.

In crimes against persons, reports of sexual assault were down from 41 in 2012 to 26 in 2013. Family violence complaints were down from 403 in 2012 to 358 in 2013. Simple assault complaints were also down over 16 percent, falling from 627 reported in 2012 to 526 in 2013.

Bratton also pointed to a decline in traffic accidents — falling to a 10-year low for total, injury, and non-injury accidents. Non-injury accidents were down from 556 to 500, and injury accidents down from 153 to 138. Officers issued 4,094 citations and documented 4,743 verbal warnings during 2013, down from year ago figures of 4,194 written citations and 5,341 verbal warnings.

Bratton said the department focused its traffic enforcement efforts trying to prevent violations that many times lead to accidents.

The year 2013 found an 8.53 percent drop in calls for service received, down from 28,902 calls in 2012 to 26,438 in 2013. Calls to 9-1-1 were also down over 6 percent for the year.

Police officers made 1,312 arrests in 2013 — down 7.34 percent from the 1,416 arrests made in 2012.

Bratton said he believes the department’s efforts working with the community are in part responsible for the drop in many of the categories, and credits the day-to-day efforts of his officers patrolling the city and investigating crimes.

He said the detective division closed several cases in the year by “repeat” criminals, helping clear up multiple crime investigations.

“A small amount of suspects commit the majority of crimes,” Bratton said.

Total cases referred to detectives were down for the year, due in part, Bratton said, to the drop in total crimes and to efforts of officers who initially responded to calls doing a better job of documenting and follow-up on cases. Fewer cases were closed by detectives in 2013 than in 2012 — 590 in 2013 compared to 789 in 2012. Bratton said that’s due in part to cases being worked longer by detectives in an effort to solve the crimes, although he’s doing more research on that number.


Bob Belcher may be reached by email at Want to “Soundoff” on this story? Email:

Text Only
Latest News
  • 8-2-14 backpacks of love.jpg Backpacks of Love needs volunteers this week

    What had begun as a few churches collecting random bags of pencils and notebook filler paper has turned into a once-a-year community-wide project to get every kid an even shot at succeeding in school.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 5-2 Tanner Elmer mug.jpg Sheriff's Corner: Compensation remains an issue for NCSO

    We recently submitted the Navarro County Sheriff’s Office 2014-2015 budget proposal for review. Included in this year’s budget is Option 1, a complete salary restructure for the entire sheriff’s department, or Option 2, an 8 percent across the board raise.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-23-14 food pantry girl.jpg Local girl raises money for hungry families

    Lacy Rose Goodrich, 9, is a typical Bowie fourth-grader. She likes to watch “Full House,” reruns and “iCarly,” and she has a dog and a cat. She takes gymnastics and dance lessons, and has attended four different Vacation Bible Schools this summer, as well as all the parks and recreation summer programs for kids.
    What’s unusual about Lacy is that she also raised nearly $500 for the food pantry since Easter, which is the equivalent of 3,450 pounds of food for hungry Navarro County residents.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hope Center Celebrating 30 years: Hope Center sends out appeal

    The Hope Center, which began in 1984, will celebrate a huge milestone soon.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jury dismissed for Monday

    The jury called for Aug. 4 at 8:30 a.m. District Court, Judge James Lagomarsino has been dismissed.

    August 1, 2014

  • 8-1-14 city council meet.jpg City to raise water, sewer rates

    Water rates, sewer rates and trash rates will all go up for Corsicana city residents, according to preliminary budget figures presented to the city council Thursday afternoon.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • City cancels ambulance contract with county

    The City of Corsicana has notified Navarro County officials it is cancelling its agreement with the county to provide EMS ambulance service to areas outside the city limits. According to a letter sent to county officials by Corsicana Mayor Chuck McClanahan, ambulance service to county residents will end on Jan. 31, 2015.

    July 31, 2014

  • 8-1-14 TxDOT.jpg TxDOT work nears completion

    The project to rebuild Seventh Avenue or Highway 31 as it goes through Corsicana is almost over. From an uneven patchwork of paving and pitted concrete, now it’s a smooth ride from Beaton all the way through town.
    It just took an extra year to finish.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-31-14 Fire2.jpg Deputies, fire departments have busy weekend

    An attempt to bootleg electricity off a pole using jumper cables is believed to have caused a building fire that took out a former restaurant in Angus Friday morning, one of a series of calls to Navarro County Sheriff’s Office to the southern end of the county over the weekend.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-31-14 Rice ISD Alex Stough mug.jpg Rice students win UIL scholarships

    Three Rice High School students received UIL scholarships for competing in academic competitions at the state level, according to advisor Alan Lewis.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Twitter Updates