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Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office issues more driving citations, sees fewer crimes in 2014

The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office didn't see any major increases in crimes in 2014, but there was an increase in driving citations, according to a year-end report released Tuesday.

The Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office didn't see any major increases in crimes in 2014, but there was an increase in driving citations, according to a year-end report released Tuesday.

The report documented larceny/theft as the crime with the highest increase of cases, with 111 cases in 2014, up from 84 in 2013.

The second-highest increase was in drug/narcotic cases, with 118 in 2014, up from 95 in 2013, according to the report.

The drug/narcotic category had the highest number of offenses in 2014.

Many types of crimes decreased in 2014, including:

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• 75 assaults, compared to 77 in 2013

• 22 fraud cases, compared to 30 in 2013

• 29 burglaries or breaking and entering cases, compared to 36 in 2013

• 42 reported domestic abuse cases, compared to 66 in 2013

Officers issued many more citations in 2014 compared to 2013, including:

• 128 for driving under the influence, compared to 87 in 2013

• 31 for open container, compared to 19 in 2013

• 787 speeding tickets, compared to 688 in 2013

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• 142 for not wearing a seat belt, compared to 61 in 2013

The number of car accidents in Grand Forks County was down in 2014, at 109 compared to 147 in 2013.

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