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December 6, 2012

K-9 unit captures burglary suspect

Homeowner confronts man in back of house

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Capt. McCarthy said he’s noticed an increase in gun permits issued in recent year. The city averages about 100 renewals and new ones each month for the six-year licenses.

“We have a ton of them (gun permits). We have an officer assigned to licensing, which tells you how many there are. Some like the protection,” he said.

“When it comes to responding to crime, we appreciate any help from the public as long as it is in a safe manner. A lot of policing is reactive is to the general public making an initial observation of the crime. We get a ton of help every day, and this is another example from that,” he said.

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