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Police say things mostly quiet on the reveling front

January 02, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

TRI-STATE — “Really quiet and uneventful for the most part” is how the Washington County Sheriff’s Office activity report described the New Year’s weekend.

Hagerstown Police responded to reports of fights and the sheriff’s office made a handful of arrests for driving under the influence, but area law enforcement agencies reported no major incidents.

The New Year’s celebration included numerous traffic stops and noise complaints, according to Lt. Mark Knight of the sheriff’s office. One arrest for driving while intoxicated occurred New Year’s Eve and three more were made New Year’s Day, the report said.

Hagerstown Police were busy New Year’s Eve and into the morning of New Year’s Day, Sgt. Ben Lyncha said. Between about 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to 15 calls for fights and assaults, five thefts, one disorderly conduct and two reports of malicious destruction of property, he said.

The activity report did not list any arrests for driving under the influence, Lyncha said.

“It may have been a little bit quieter than one might expect,” Maryland State Police 1st Sgt. Kevin Lewis said of the New Year’s holiday. “Nothing major. Sort of the typical things you might expect.”

That included two reports of suspicious persons, Lewis said. One was for a man at a convenience store who was making threats, but he was gone by the time police arrived, Lewis said. Another turned out to be a business owner taking inventory, he said.

There were noise and fireworks complaints, a burglar alarm, a couple of disabled vehicle calls and a minor accident involving a car hitting a deer, Lewis said. Despite being a traditional night for revelers who sometimes overindulge in alcohol, there were no arrests for driving under the influence, he said.

Maryland State Police in Frederick County conducted a saturation DUI patrol New Year’s Eve beginning at 11 p.m., using marked and unmarked cruisers to look for impaired drivers, police said.  

During the four-hour patrol period on U.S. 15 and Interstate 270, troopers stopped 26 vehicles for a variety of traffic violations, police said. One person was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence or driving while impaired, police said.

The fire and rescue call log for Berkeley County, W.Va., showed few calls for criminal activity until early on New Year’s Day. The log listed two reported assaults and two overdoses in the county between about 1:30 and 6:30 a.m.

The Franklin County (Pa.) Department of Emergency Services report for New Year’s Day stated there were “numerous police calls overnight, none serious in nature.”

Firefighters from Mercersburg, Pa., were called to an accident at 2:07 a.m. on Path Valley Road in Peters Township, and Franklin Fire Co. in Chambersburg went to another at 4:40 a.m. at the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Sycamore Grove Road, the report said.

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