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Police report New Year's Eve was 'typical'

January 02, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN - New Year's Eve brought its usual spate of loud, rambunctious parties and DUI checks, but local police reported the night passed with few injuries or arrests.

Two 20-year-old Pennsylvania men were injured in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate 81 Tuesday morning, according to Maryland State Police.

Driver Shane Robert Boggs of Dry Run, and passenger Duane Anthony Bair of James Creek did not appear to receive life-threatening injuries, police said.

Reported to emergency officials at 7:11 a.m., the 2007 Jeep in which the men were traveling hit a guardrail and then overturned in the median near the 10-mile marker, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff's Department responded to five accidents during the midnight shift, but only one resulted in any injuries, Deputy Alan Crawford said. That person was treated and released, he said.

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A two-vehicle accident at about 5:45 a.m. in the 11700 block of Mapleville Road caused minor injuries, but there were no arrests, Maryland State Police Sgt. Jeff Kissner said.

State Police also responded to a minor accident with no injuries at about 2:30 a.m. and made a DUI arrest at about 4 a.m., Kissner said.

State Police received a steady stream of complaints about noise, disorderly behavior and domestic violence until about 5:45 a.m.

"It looks like the drunks finally decided to go to bed around 6 this morning," Kissner said.

In Hagerstown, where Duffy's on Potomac was hosting a Downtown Live bash, city police made no arrests, Sgt. Dave Long said.

Hagerstown Police responded to one accident that resulted in property damage, but no injuries, Long said.

Police agreed the activity level was as expected for New Year's Eve.

"I'd say it's pretty typical," Long said. "Nothing stands out."

Cancun Cantina and Barefoot Bernie's on Dual Highway were packed, with about 700 people buying tickets to a celebration that included dinner, live country music, a champagne toast and breakfast, owner Mike Malone said.

The bars were over-staffed with security, but there were no problems whatsoever, Malone said.

"It was a great time," he said. "We had a lot of really good people in here."

Next year, he's considering hosting a luau-themed New Year's Eve.

Reporter Matthew Umstead contributed to this story.

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