Osgood resident upset with police work

Beth Rumsey
Staff Writer

An Osgood resident and business owner expressed his displeasure with the Osgood Police Department regarding a recent theft at his business at the regular Osgood Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 15.

Keith Bobb, owner of Stuff For Sale, explained that his business was broken into sometime during the weekend of June 12. According to Bobb, several hundred dollars was stolen from the cash drawers.

He explained that when he called the police department, he was unable to reach Marshal Hegge and that the incident was handled by a deputy of the Ripley County Sheriff’s Office. He said that his request for Marshal Hegge’s cell phone number was refused.

Marshal Hegge explained that he was out of town visiting family that weekend, which was his regular time off. He noted that he was contacted by the Ripley County dispatch asking how he wanted the situation handled.

Hegge explained that he was several hours away and requested the sheriff’s office handle the call. Upon his return to work, Marshal Hegge was unable to receive a copy of the report due to the deputy who handled the case not being in his office.

Marshal Hegge assured Bobb that he has spoken to several merchants regarding the matter and does have some leads in the case. The marshal noted he was unsure which department would be handling the case since he had not had communication with the county deputy as of meeting time.

In other business, the council unanimously approved to reduce the speed limit on Olive Street to 20 mph due to several complaints about speeding traffic. The intersection of Olive and Columbia will be a four-way stop. An ordinance will be prepared by the town attorney for approval at the next meeting.

All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 13 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Osgood Town Hall.