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Report: Foreclosures down, crime way up in Huron County

Cary Ashby • Mar 3, 2014 at 9:07 PM

"The good news is foreclosures are down."

That's the biggest thing from the annual report that jumps out at Susan Hazel, Huron County clerk of courts.

New foreclosure filings in 2013 were 35 percent below the previous year.

In 2012, there were 335 foreclosures, compared to 218 last year.

Between 2001 and 2010, there was a yearly average of 305 foreclosures, according to the annual report.

"I think that we're 30 percent below the previous decade's average," Hazel said.

The clerk of courts was asked what is one factor in less foreclosures being filed.

"I think the economy is improving," said Hazel, but she added her office is dealing with "quite a few garnishments and liens."

"Garnishments and liens, however, continued to reflect the challenging economy. Notation of liens and memo title work also increased during 2013," according to the annual report.

Overall, the total number of cases being filed in 2013 -- 1,015 -- was 15 percent less than the average in the previous decade.

"However, the number of criminal cases filed was 41 percent greater than the previous decade," according to the report.

In 2013, there were 383 new criminal cases filed -- a figure that jumped by 35 percent in a single year, the report states. In 2012, there were 282 new criminal cases filed.

In other news, the clerk of courts office received a major computer upgrade to the computerized case management system, which features improvements in managing accounts and digital imaging.

"No general fund money was used to pay for these upgrades. Images of all public records filed at the clerk's office are now accessible at the courthouse to the court and public," Hazel said.

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