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VOL. 9 | NO. 43 | Saturday, October 22, 2016

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Trustmark Centre Building Sells for $14.5 Million

An office building at 5350 Poplar Ave. in the prime East Memphis office submarket has been sold.

The Trustmark Centre building, located between Valleybrook and West Suggs Drive, was purchased by Tennessee and New York investment companies doing business as 5350 Poplar Office Center LLC for $14.47 million.

The seller is a group of 14 Tenants in Common, or TICs, from Greenville, South Carolina, according to public records. Those investors are doing business as TIC Poplar Ave LLC.

The 163,446-square-foot Trustmark Centre sits on 3.6 acres and was built in 1973.

The Shelby County Assessor of Property most recently appraised the building and land at $14.28 million.

Tenants in the building include Trustmark National Bank, Evergreen Packaging Inc., Southern Eye Associates, Coyote Logistics, Delta Asset Management and Universal Asset Management, records show.

Trustmark National Bank made the office its regional headquarters in November 2013 when it signed a 12.5-year lease. That deal for about 13,000 square feet of the first floor and a portion of the second floor includes a full-service branch with drive-thru and ATM banking, and came with naming rights for the building and the bank’s logo on top of the high-rise.

Originally constructed for Crump Insurance, the building later served as the Memphis headquarters of Sedgwick James Inc. The building underwent $3.84 million of capital improvements in 1997 when CBRE Memphis began managing the property.

– Daily News staff

New Restaurant Opening Soon in East Memphis

On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the fast-casual restaurant Pimento’s Kitchen + Market will open in East Memphis for breakfast, lunch and dinner at 6450 Poplar Ave.

The concept is the sister store to the locally owned Holiday Deli and Ham Co. restaurants. Customers can expect a fresh look, including different branding and a modern, updated atmosphere. In addition, the new concept will make their meals in-house, with a focus on quality, healthy dishes.

The menu includes items like egg dishes, sandwiches, fresh entrees and signature sides, along with fresh smoothies and local beer.

Pimento’s will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In addition to dining, Pimento’s will also offer catering packages.

– Andy Meek

Louisville Coach Rick Pitino Faced With NCAA Violations

The NCAA has alleged that University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino and other staff members violated rules in connection with a scandal in which a university employee provided prostitutes for players and recruits, according to The New York Times.

Pitino, 64, a Hall-of-Fame coach with two national championships, has denied knowing about the actions of the former employee, Andre McGee. Among four Level 1 charges by the NCAA is that Pitino failed to monitor McGee, the former director of basketball operations. That is potentially a serious enough charge that Pitino could face suspension. The NCAA did not bring a “lack of institutional control” charge, which in a worst-case scenario could bring long-term severe sanctions or even shut down a program.

Louisville’s athletic director Tom Jurich released a statement after receiving notice of allegations saying the NCAA’s findings basically aligned with the university’s findings.

“Improper activities took place in a dormitory that never should have occurred,” Jurich said in the statement. “When the facts were established, we acted (with a self-imposed postseason ban last season). We took appropriate and punitive corrective actions.”

The scandal was made public in 2015 when Katina Powell, a woman who worked for an escort service, wrote a tell-all book alleging McGee paid for her to provide prostitutes and strippers to recruits and others associated with Louisville basketball.

Louisville now has 90 days to respond to the NCAA’s letter. A hearing before the Committee on Infractions could come as soon as next spring.

– Don Wade

Two Memphis Tigers Earn AAC Player of the Week

Senior University of Memphis place kicker Jake Elliott and redshirt freshman hybrid linebacker Austin Hall were each named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week. It is the eighth career Special Teams Player of the Week honor for Elliott and the first Defensive Player of the Week honor for Hall.

Hall was also named the CollegeSportsMadness.com conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Elliott, who became Memphis’ all-time leading scorer in the win over Temple two weeks ago, was a perfect 3-for-3 in field goals on Friday in the win at Tulane. Elliott’s third field goal, a 50-yard attempt, tied him with Stephen Gostkowski for the Memphis career record for field goals made (70). The senior also added to his consecutive point-after streak, extending it to 171-for-171, the longest active streak in NCAA FBS football. The 50-yard field goal was also Elliott’s 10th career make from 50 yards or more.

Elliott also successfully launched an on-side kick that was recovered by Hall in the first quarter, and knocked two kickoffs out of the end zone for touchbacks.

Hal finished the win at Tulane with a career-best 12 tackles, including three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to go with the on-side kick recovery. The Collierville High School graduate is now second on the Tigers roster with 36 tackles on the season and leads Memphis with six tackles for loss. He has started all six games at the hybrid linebacker position and is one of four freshmen who started in the 24-14 win at Tulane for the Tigers.

– Don Wade

Mosquitoes Pose Health Threat to Dogs, Too

Mosquitoes spread West Nile Virus and Zika Virus to people, and now animal health experts are raising awareness of the threat mosquitoes pose to dogs.

Mosquitoes are the harbinger of deadly heartworm disease. Tracking data shows reported cases are growing, and there’s a new way to fight back.

“Like with humans, mosquito bites can transmit deadly diseases to dogs,” said Dr. Nora Grant with Ceva Veterinary Services. “Most dog owners know about heartworm, but don’t realize mosquitoes carry the infection. Stop the mosquito, and you stop the spread of deadly heartworm.”

Mosquitoes can bite a single dog more than 80 times in one evening, and it only takes one mosquito to transmit a heartworm infection from one dog to the next. Heartworm can cause severe lung disease, heart failure, permanent damage to other organs, and even death.

The prevalence of heartworm continues to increase nationally, and has spread to all 50 states. From 2013 to 2015, reported positive heartworm cases increased 166 percent, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Animal health experts suggest protecting your dog from the outside with a topical mosquito repellent product like Vectra 3D for Dogs. Pet owners should also provide their animals with an oral heartworm preventive, which kills heartworm larvae before they develop into adult heartworms.

– Daily News staff

Sephora Set to Open Oct. 28 in Saddle Creek

Beauty retailer Sephora will open its doors in Germantown on Oct. 28.

The new 5,701-square-foot, free-standing Sephora store at The Shops at Saddle Creek will offer more than 13,000 products from 200-plus brands, including Sephora’s own makeup, skin care, tools and accessories called the Sephora Collection.

The retailer of makeup and nail lines, skin care lines, fragrances and specialty hair care products allows clients to try and test everything from lip glosses to blushes, skin care to fragrances.

The store, at 2055 West St., Suite 10, will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

– Daily News staff

JA Seeking 25 To Serve On Young Professionals Board

Junior Achievement of Memphis and the Mid-South Inc. is seeking 25 individuals, ages 21-30, to serve on the nonprofit’s first-ever Young Professionals Board.

The opportunity will allow young business people to interact with community leaders, gain experience in board leadership, participate in volunteer and development efforts, and be involved in special events.

“Young professionals are some of our city’s most innovative and community-minded people who are a great asset to our business community and an inspiration to the next generation of professionals,” Cody Fletcher, director of marketing and special events for Junior Achievement, said. “We’re excited to launch our inaugural JA Young Professionals Board with some of the brightest, most energetic business people in Memphis who have a heart for entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness.”

Those selected for the board will serve a two-year term, with an option to reapply once their term is complete. Members will volunteer with JA at least twice each year and attend quarterly board meetings as well as social networking events.

Board volunteer opportunities include teaching JA curriculum in a K-12 classroom, assisting during a school’s visit to JA BizTown, or working at a JA special event such as the annual Bowl-A-Thon or Chick-fil-A 5K.

Applications may be submitted online at www.jamemphis.org. The application deadline is Dec. 1. For more information, visit www.jamemphis.org or contact Fletcher at cfletcher@jamemphis.org.

– Daily News staff

West Tennessee Nonprofits Get Grants From Wal-Mart

The city of Memphis and The Works Inc. Memphis are among two West Tennessee beneficiaries of grants from the Wal-Mart Foundation to help fund local hunger programs.

The city of Memphis will get $15,000 and The Works $3,250, according to a release from Wal-Mart and its foundation.

The grants are part of more than $33 million given to nonprofits nationwide in the Wal-Mart Fights Hunger initiative.

These latest grants, in addition to other nonprofit awards to help fight hunger in East and West Tennessee, bring total state grants from Wal-Mart to 13, totaling $334,250.

“Wal-Mart is dedicated to ensuring every family has access to healthy and affordable food,” said Matt Cody, Wal-Mart Memphis store manager, in a statement. “We’re proud to work with these amazing nonprofits to support hunger relief and nutrition education for Tennessee families in need.”

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2015 there were 42.2 million Americans, including 13.1 million children, who lived in households at risk of struggling with hunger.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. operates 152 retail units in Tennessee and employs 41,562 associates in the state.

– Daily News staff

Legionnaires' Disease Cases Rise to 8 in Memphis

Health officials say the number of Legionnaires' disease cases stemming from an outbreak at a Memphis hotel has risen to eight.

The Shelby County Health Department increased the number of cases by one on Wednesday. Seven cases of the disease with ties to a La Quinta Inn & Suites in south Memphis had been previously confirmed.

The hotel was closed Sept. 22 after the outbreak was discovered. It reopened Oct. 5 after no specific source was found.

Legionnaires' disease has symptoms similar to pneumonia, including cough, high fever, muscle aches and headaches. Symptoms can last between two and 14 days after exposure.

Officials are trying to contact people who stayed at the hotel from July 1 to Sept. 22 and have shown symptoms of the illness.

– The Associated Press

City, Southwest Collaborate On Police Officer Program

A new program announced Tuesday, Oct. 18, will offer no less than 100 graduating high-school seniors full-time employment with the Memphis Police Department beginning in June 2017.

Mayor Jim Strickland, MPD Director Michael Rallings and Southwest Tennessee Community College President Dr. Tracy Hall said the “Blue Path” program is a way for young people to develop into well-rounded, community-focused police officers in the city of Memphis.

The all-expense paid college education will result in an associate’s degree in criminal justice from SWTCC and a position as a police service technician with MPD.

Strickland called Blue Path a “creative solution that affords meaningful career and education opportunities for our young people.”

“I believe the Blue Path program can become the major pipeline for our future police workforce,” Rallings added.

Southwest has worked with the MPD Training Academy to create an academic curriculum for an associate’s degree in criminal justice. Students will complete coursework together as a cohort over a period of four semesters, during which time they will be employed by MPD as police service technicians with an annual salary of $26,000 per year.

Once they complete the degree and reach age 21, graduates are eligible to undergo MPD’s sworn officer training and become a police officer.

“We are so pleased to deliver a customized workforce solution for MPD. Thanks to Tennessee Promise, we will provide a college degree completely free of charge to students and free of charge to MPD,” Hall said.

Students intending to apply for the Blue Path program must attend one of five informational sessions this month. Parents or guardians are encouraged, but not required to attend. All sessions will be held at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Macon Campus, 5983 Macon Cove, in Bornblum Library Auditorium (ML 122).

Free parking is available.

The sessions will be:

• Saturday, Oct. 22 – 9 a.m to 11 a.m.

• Saturday, Oct. 22 –3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 24 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 25 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Oct. 26 – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

To be eligible for Blue Path, all students must submit an application for Tennessee Promise by Nov. 1. Visit www.BluePathMemphis.com for more information.

– Daily News staff

Church Health Partners With Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Health and Church Health have teamed up to bring affordable medication to uninsured Memphians.

Church Health patients now have access to either free or at-cost prescription medication through Good Shepherd Health. Church Health physicians can directly send prescriptions for their patients to Good Shepherd, or patients can directly transfer prescriptions given from their physicians to the pharmacy.

Good Shepherd Health does not add any mark-up or dispensing fees to prescriptions.

Good Shepherd has already hired additional staff to help serve Church Health patients and patients all over the community.

Good Shepherd is a membership pharmacy whose members either receive medications at cost with no additional markups or for free, depending on income level.

– Andy Meek

Iberiabank Makes Executive Moves

Iberiabank has expanded the role of its top regional executive and also named a new market president for Memphis.

Iberiabank’s current regional president of Tennessee, Greg Smithers, is expanding his role to include regional president of Arkansas. He joined Iberiabank in 2008 as Memphis market president.

Meanwhile, executive vice president Nathan Raines has been promoted to Memphis market president. He joined Iberiabank in 2009 to manage the commercial banking group.

– Andy Meek

Char Restaurant Opens In Highland Row

New restaurant Char is now open in Highland Row.

The steakhouse began serving lunch and dinner Monday, Oct. 10.

The 6,000-square-foot restaurant includes a main dining area, piano bar and two private dining rooms, with total seating capacity for 215 guests.

Entrees include an 8-ounce or 12-ounce filet; bone-in prime ribeye (20-ounce); ribeye (16-ounce); prime New York strip (16-ounce); and 14-ounce pork chop with cognac and green peppercorn sauce; cornbread-dusted redfish; and duck and chicken dishes.

Char will work closely with the Memphis Farmers Market to source foods and offers daily meat-and-two lunch specials for $13.

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visit memphis.charrestaurant.com for more information.

– Daily News staff

Opera Memphis Hires Director, Coordinator

Opera Memphis has announced a few new additions to its team.

The organization has tapped Jason Hardy to be its new director of development. Hardy was previously managing director since 2013 for OperaDelaware, where he focused on a data-driven fundraising philosophy.

Opera Memphis has also hired Vernon di Carlo as education and outreach coordinator. He comes to Memphis after spending several years in Little Rock, Arkansas, performing leading roles with organizations such as the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, and Opera in the Rock.

– Andy Meek

Memphis Nonprofits Get Comcast Grants

Several Memphis organizations are splitting more than $17,000 in grants from the Comcast Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mid-South, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis, Creative Life Inc., Ducks Unlimited, Historic First Baptist Church Beale Street, Latino Memphis, March of Dimes Foundation, Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, New Hope Elvis Presley Blvd. Community Development Corp., Overton Park Conservancy and Shelby County Schools are all beneficiaries.

The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999, has three community investment priorities – expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders.

– Daily News staff

Accredo Health Expanding Facility in Century Center

Accredo Health Group is renovating its offices in Bartlett. Corna Kokosing Construction Co. recently filed a $15 million building permit for the site at 1640 Century Center Parkway. The company was acquired by St. Louis-based Express Scripts in 2012 and added 50 employees to its Century Center campus in 2015.

Boston-based General Investment and Development Co. bought the Century Center complex from Sun Life Financial in 2005. In 2015, General Investment and Development acquired about 12 acres of vacant land adjacent to Accredo’s location near Whitten Road and Interstate 240 from Boyle Investment Co. for a new 500-space parking lot that Accredo will use.

“We are improving the workspaces for our highly specialized employees who focus on caring for patients with rare diseases,” said David Whitrap, senior director of corporate communications for Express Scripts Holding Co., Accredo’s parent company. “Because many of these patients may be the only person in their community with their condition, it’s critical that they have a centralized U.S. specialty pharmacy like Accredo who can surround them with the specialized knowledge and care they need to achieve the best possible health outcomes."

– Madeline Faber

Cookie Shop Coming To University of Memphis Area

A new cookie shop, Insomnia Cookies, is opening in Memphis at 545 S. Highland St., later this fall.

The bakery, which has locations around the country, delivers cookies straight to customers’ doors all day starting as early as 10 a.m. until 3 a.m.

Popular cookie flavors include Chocolate Chunk, Snickerdoodle, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup and the S’mores Deluxe. Cold milk can be added to any order.

Insomnia Cookies also serves and delivers cookie cakes and brownies with toppings such as peanut butter chips and cookie dough, and the company will offer a full ice cream menu with customizable options such as the cookie a la mode and cookiewich – ice cream sandwiched between any two cookies of the customer’s choice.

– Andy Meek

Midtown Market Seeing Record Home Sales Prices

Through the first nine months of this year, Midtown Memphis’ 38104 ZIP code has had an 11 percent increase in home sales and a 12 percent increase in average sales prices.

There have been 370 sales recorded through the end of September averaging $196,866, the highest average sales price ever recorded for the ZIP code. During the same period last year, 331 sales averaging $175,865 were recorded.

Year to date through Sept. 30, total home sales revenue for the area is $72 million, up 24 percent from $58 million recorded between January and September 2015, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports.

Foreclosure activity in Midtown is unchanged from last year, but bank sales are down 14 percent year to date and average sales prices for foreclosure sales are up 27 percent to $162,683.

Vinton Avenue in Central Gardens has recorded 13 home sales averaging $326,185 since Jan. 1. One of the largest transactions was the sale of 1353 Vinton Ave. for $490,000 on Aug. 30. The 3,400-square-foot home was built in 1913 and features four bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.

Central Gardens has recorded 34 home sales averaging $368,997 year to date. Homebuyers are paying an average of $129.94 per square foot, an increase of 12 percent from $116.20 per square foot in 2013.

To purchase a Neighborhood Profile Report for your neighborhood, visit mychandlerreports.com. For more, email wendy@chandlerreports.com.

– Wendy Greenlaw

Tigers’ Elliott Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

Senior University of Memphis place kicker Jake Elliott has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award. The honor is given each year to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Elliott became Memphis’ all-time leading scorer in a win over defending American Athletic Conference East Division champions Temple Oct. 6.

He passed both DeAngelo Williams and Stephen Gostkowski to take over the top spot on the career scoring charts with 371 points.

The two-time, defending AAC Special Teams player of the year, Elliott has also been active in the Memphis community in his senior season. He has visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helped host a fall festival for patients staying at Target House and participated in granting a wish with the Make-A-Wish Foundation already this season.

In the classroom, Elliott carries a 3.86 GPA in marketing management and is a multiple-time Dean’s List honoree. Elliott, a second team All-American on a pair of teams last season, was also a 2015 finalist for the Lou Groza Award, awarded to the nation’s top place kicker.

The 10 finalists will be announced later in the season and placed on an official ballot. That ballot will be voted on by media, coaches and fans. For more information, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

– Don Wade

Wilson & Associates Earns Excellence Award

Wilson & Associates PLLC, a law firm with offices in Arkansas and Tennessee, has been recognized as a 2016 USFN Diamond Award of Excellence recipient. The firm has been recognized annually since the award was initiated in 1993.

The Award of Excellence is given annually to USFN member firms who meet rigorous standards that evaluate professional activities, industry volunteerism, and community and charitable involvement by the firm.

Recipients are honored each year at USFN’s Annual Member Education Retreat held in the late fall.

USFN, founded in 1988, is the nation’s oldest trade association of law firms and trustee companies who focus on creditors’ rights. The Award of Excellence program was initiated in 1993 to recognize and encourage member firms to develop and maintain high standards of excellence in serving clients and their community.

– Daily News staff

International Paper Co. Executives Retiring

International Paper chief financial officer Carol Roberts will retire at the end of March along with William Hoel, the senior vice president of IP’s container division for the Americas, the company has announced.

Glenn Landau, who now heads International Paper in Latin America, becomes the new chief financial officer and senior vice president of finance in a transition that begins in January.

Roberts has been with International Paper since 1981, before the corporation moved its headquarters to Memphis. The announcement of her retirement came the same week that she was nominated by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the newly created board for the University of Memphis.

Hoel began working for Masonite Corp. in 1983. Masonite was later acquired by IP.

Landau’s duties in Latin America will be taken over by W. Michael Amick, as Amick becomes senior vice president of International Paper’s Americas paper division with the new year.

Timothy Nicholls becomes senior vice president of industrial packaging for the Americas, with those duties added to his current job as head of North American industrial packaging. Nicholls will also assume some duties in the Latin America paper operation.

Gregory Wanta becomes senior vice president of the North American container division and takes on Hoel’s responsibilities for corrugated packaging in North America.

IP’s board of directors also announced last week that Catherine Slater, who heads Weyerhauser Co.’s pulp business, will become senior vice president of consumer packaging.

That executive change will occur once International Paper’s acquisition of Weyerhauser’s pulp business is completed.

– Bill Dries

Olymbec Buys Midtown Office Building for $10.2M

Canada-based Olymbec has purchased a Midtown office building for $10.2 million.

G&I Mid Memphis Tower LLC sold the property to Olymbec USA LLC in an Oct. 5 warranty deed.

The high-rise office building at 1407 Union Ave. was built in 1976. It bears 416,424 square feet and was most recently appraised at $10.8 million. It is 60 percent occupied, according to Justin Klumak, Olymbec’s director of acquisitions and development.

This is the first Midtown acquisition for Canada-based Olymbec, which entered the Memphis investment market in 2004 and owns more than 5 million square feet of local office and industrial property.

Klumak said he was attracted to the building’s proximity to the Memphis Medical District and its attached parking garage.

“We will for sure make more purchases in the Midtown market,” he said. “We see continued growth in the area in the coming years.”

– Madeline Faber

State Approves Green Dot Charter for Shelby County

The Tennessee Board of Education has approved a Memphis charter school application rejected by the Shelby County Schools board.

And the decision on the appeal sets the stage for the state to directly oversee a charter school outside the Achievement School District for the first time.

The SCS board rejected Green Dot’s application to open a charter school in Memphis after school system staff said there was not enough of a successful track record in Green Dot’s operation of four Memphis schools that are part of the state-run ASD.

SCS leaders, in a written statement, said they were “surprised” by the state board’s decision and nevertheless would not reconsider the earlier recommendation.

“We stand by our board’s decision to deny Green Dot’s application based on the poor performance of its four local schools,” the statement adds. “Without proven success in Memphis, we feel this decision sets a difficult precedent and sends a confusing message to parents and the community about the importance of school quality.

Though the state has an opportunity to serve as an authorizer for Green Dot, Shelby County Schools will not be authorizing another Green Dot school for the 2017-2018 year.”

– Bill Dries

Violent Crime Rises, But Pace Slows in August

Major violent crime remained on the increase through August in Memphis and Shelby County, according to crime statistics released Friday, Oct. 14, by the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission.

The monthly report shows a 4.6 percent increase in major violent crime countywide between January and August compared to the same period a year ago. The major violent crime rate for the city of Memphis was up 2.3 percent.

“Overall violent crime continues to be our major challenge, which is why it will be the major focal point in the new Operation: Safe Community plan to be announced later this year,” Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said in a written statement.

Weirich is chairwoman of Operation: Safe Community, the law enforcement, criminal justice system coalition that oversees the plan put in place in 2006 to combat an earlier peak in violent crime.

The new five-year plan is expected to be completed in November for a New Year’s 2017 rollout.

The major violent crime rate, as measured by the crime commission, includes murders, reported rapes, aggravated assaults and robberies.

A spike in the robbery rate accounted for most of the increase in the city and countywide as recorded through the first eight months of 2016.

The murder rate per 100,000 people continued to outpace the rate for 2015, but the percentage increase has slowed compared to a prominent spike in the rate in January and particularly February as the year began.

The major property crime rates for the city and countywide declined through August – a 4.1 percent drop countywide compared to the same eight months of 2015 and down 2.9 percent citywide for the same periods.

The crimes that make up the property crime category are burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

Thefts, simple assaults and domestic violence offenses – in that order – remained the largest category of specific crimes reported by numbers countywide and citywide.

A total of 2,053 theft offenses per 100,000 population were reported through August, a 3 percent drop from a year ago. There were 1,480 simple assaults per 100,000 people through August, a 10.6 percent drop.

And 1,378 domestic violence offenses reported per 100,000 through August for a 6 percent drop.

The city numbers show 2,420 theft offenses per 100,000 people through August, a 1.8 percent drop from a year ago.

That was followed by 1,810 reports of simple assault per 100,000 people, down 2 percent from a year ago, and 1,721 domestic violence arrests per 100,000, a 2.1 percent decrease from the first eight months of 2015.

– Bill Dries

PROPERTY SALES 64 151 1,493
MORTGAGES 45 105 1,152
BUILDING PERMITS 201 410 3,466