Eau Claire (WQOW)- Wednesday, Eau Claire County reached a dubious mark, the 1,000th felony case of the year.
News 18 dug a little deeper into those cases to see what types of crimes are being committed, and when we typically hit this mark.
Back in 2015, the 1,000th felony was recorded in October.
In 2016, the county reached 1,000 felonies in August.
2017 was reported a little later in September.
Last year, we reached that number in July as well.
Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer said most of these cases involve repeat offenders, some with multiple felonies already on their records.
Cramer said most of the felonies are drug related, largely tied to the meth issues in the county.
He said right now there’s 300 people in jail, 1,400 on probation and 1,200 active warrants, and the majority are tied to drugs.
“It’s trying to identify our people with addictions that are causing the tax payers to have more police on the street, more programs and years ago we were never asked as a county jail to fix people,” Cramer said. “We are now.”
Cramer said the drug issues are a community-wide issue, but did add that collaboration between crime stoppers, neighborhood watch groups, and local law enforcement has helped.