Dixon police being driven 'batty' by elementary school alarm calls

Darrell Todd Maurina

DIXON, Mo. (Oct. 13, 2015) — Dixon police logged an unusual number of alarm calls during September, and during his Tuesday night update to city council members, Marshal Mike Plummer said the unusual number also has an unusual cause.

Plummer said many of the eight alarm calls were to Dixon Elementary School, where bats have gotten into the school, fly around at night, and set off alarms.

“So you’re playing batman!” exclaimed Alderman Diane Shultz.

Plummer also proposed purchase or lease of new printer equipment, saying he has special needs for a color printer to produce photographs to be given to the prosecutor and other law enforcement agencies. The aldermen decided to table the issue until Monday’s meeting to review the complete contract.

City police recorded a total of 285 calls for service from Sept. 1 to 30, with the largest numbers being 51 daily checks logged at the city jail, 45 door checks, 24 escorts, 22 traffic incidents, 18 suspicious people, 17 disturbances, and 13 uncategorized “other” calls.

Additional calls logged were as follows:

  • nine animal calls and EMS ambulance assists; 
  • eight alarms; 
  • six accidents and information only logs; 
  • five suspicious vehicles
  • four careless and imprudent drivers, citizen assists, civil matters, and school safety calls; 
  • three harassments, thefts, warrants served and well-being checks; 
  • two domestic assaults, followups, juvenile incidents, vehicle license plate check, missing person cases, and Pulaski County Sheriff Department assists; and 
  • one each alcohol violation, assist other agency, assault, drive-off, fire department assist, fraud forgery, motorist assist, Missouri State Highway Patrol assist, noise complaint, indivdual drivers license check, property damage, and shoplifting case.

While a complete log of the 22 citations issued in September isn’t yet available, Plummer’s log noted three citations for unsafe speed, two each for driving without a valid license, and speeding over the posted maximum, and one each for failure to obey a stop or yield sign, no tail lights, driving wth a revoked or suspended license and failure to display license plates. All of those citations were to municipal court.

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