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Thread: Holiday Weekend Recap

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    CityGuy
    Here are a few clips from our local news sources for your perusal:
    e-Press --
    Havasu’s Busy Weekend
    LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ - Lake Havasu City Police and Fire Departments report a relatively mild 2007 Labor Day holiday weekend, despite a slight increase in the total number of arrests and calls for service. Police responded to 1,215 calls during the long weekend, which officially began at 12:01am Friday and ended at midnight Monday. (The number of calls increased from 1,128 during the same period in 2006.)
    The majority of the activity centered on the area known as the Bridgewater Channel, London Bridge Beach, Rotary Community Park and the English Village. Police arrested 161 adults and 8 juveniles, many for alcohol-related offenses, primarily underage possession/consumption. Police noted that the average blood alcohol concentration for those arrested for alcohol offenses was .25%. (There was even one young female passed out on the sidewalk with a .27% BAC.) There were a total of 9 DUI offenses and 60 were charged with underage possession/consumption of liquor. Six men and three females were also arrested under the offensive Behavior code. (Police Chief Dan Doyle said three others - all female - were almost arrested for that offense, but were instead charged with disorderly conduct.)
    Boat traffic was restricted only twice during the weekend due to elevated carbon monoxide levels. The Bridgewater Channel was closed for about 30 minutes - at 7pm Saturday - and again on Sunday for about ten minutes at 4:50pm. There were no boating related deaths or serious injuries reported in the city over the holiday weekend. However, a Valley Village, California man, identified as Marc Hart, drowned in Steamboat Cove, a popular spot for boats south of the City.
    Detectives are also continuing to investigate the Sunday murder of William Wright, 73. He was shot multiple times and his wife Candace Wright has been charged with the crime. Doyle said the gun has still not been found.
    The Lake Havasu City Fire Department also reported 106 total calls for service, a 21% increase from the 87 listed last year. The majority of those (69) were for emergency medical incidents, including nine for fire, six rescues and four vehicle accidents.
    MCSO Labor Day
    Holiday Weekend Statistics
    LAKE HAVASU, AZ - Over this past Labor Day weekend, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Waterways deputies handled a total of the following calls on Lake Havasu:
    12 - Operating Under the Influence (OUI)
    0 - Boating Accidents without Injury
    1 - Boating Accidents with Minor Injury
    1 - Drowning
    2 - Minor Alcohol Consumption
    72 - Safety Violation Citations (Includes insufficient PFD’s, Overloaded watercraft, etc.)
    4 - Reckless Operation Citations
    37 - Boater Assists
    85 - Boating/Safety Warnings
    4 - Agency Assists
    Today's News Herald -
    66 percent arrested during the weekend were Californians
    By TONY RAAP
    Tuesday, September 4, 2007 6:42 PM MST
    Many who came to town on vacation this past weekend left on probation.
    The holiday’s crime statistics, released Tuesday by the city’s Police Department, show that two-thirds of the people arrested during Labor Day weekend were from California.
    In all, 169 people were arrested this past weekend, 11 more than last year. Of that, 112, or 66 percent, were from the sunshine state.
    “That does appear to be normal and right in line with previous holidays,” police Lt. Rich Sloma said.
    The majority of arrests, 60, were for underage possession/consumption of alcohol. Disorderly conduct, 25, and drinking in public, 10, rounded out the top three categories.
    Nine people were charged with offensive conduct, a city ordinance aimed at preventing unruly behavior before it becomes a more serious crime.
    The ordinance was in effect for the 2006 Labor Day weekend, but this was the first year it had been enforced for the entire summer, giving visitors an increased awareness, Sloma said.
    Nine people also were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, a drop from past years, police Chief Dan Doyle said.
    “That’s a little bit low for a holiday weekend, but there was a lot of awareness. There was a DUI task force going on. Hopefully, people are getting the idea,” he said.
    Police are seeing the same thing with OUI arrests, noting that the number of OUI arrests in the Channel is “down significantly” compared to last year, Doyle said.
    “We’re attributing that to the emphasis we placed on it the last boating season. We’re seeing more designated drivers, so I think the increased awareness is helping,” he said.
    The city’s Fire Department also had a busy holiday. Firefighters this past weekend responded to 106 emergencies, up from 87 last year.
    The majority of those, 78, were medical calls. Firefighers also responded to nine fire-related calls and four vehicle accidents.
    “Even though the total number of emergency incidents increased from last year’s totals, we were fortunate enough to have a fairly safe weekend,” fire Chief Dennis Mueller said.
    David Bell contributed to this article. You may contact the reporter at raap@havasunews.com.
    Hava a great day! - Charlie

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    2Driver
    LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ - Lake Havasu City Police and Fire Departments report a relatively mild 2007 Labor Day holiday weekend, despite a slight increase in the total number of arrests
    66 percent, were from the sunshine state.
    Mild in Havi terms I think is what they were trying to say
    I think the sunshine state is Florida. Ca is the The Golden State.

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    catman-do
    It seems odd that someone would actually take time out of their day to write an article on 66% of the arrests being residents of California.... Seemed as how tourism is the main support for Havasu, it would seem a little too obvious that the people are coming from California. Many (not all) locals are either retired and dont boat on holiday weekends, or dont have the income in order to boat, due to the city being a tourist based town and not having many "white collar" opportunities there. Many Nevada residents it seems would stay up on their lakes, especially since they are soooo freekin big compared to Havasu. Californian's dont have a lake the size of Havasu near by (except the guys running ocean boats), so it only makes sense that most of the people in Havasu would be from California.
    That journalist is a jacka$$... (hello, my name is Mr. Obvious, let me write a report to make California tourists look bad)

  4. #4
    CityGuy
    Mild in Havi terms I think is what they were trying to say
    I think the sunshine state is Florida. Ca is the The Golden State.
    It's interesting that the print version of the paper correctly identifies it as the 'Golden' state. I copied this text from their website.
    CC

  5. #5
    Cole Trickle
    We saw alot of people getting rolled in the channel friday afternoon. More than a couple people cuffed and buckled in the back of a golf cart.
    There were a ton of sherrif boats heading out from there cove. We were told there was gonna be something like 42 boats on the water.

  6. #6
    Kilrtoy
    This is about the worst offenders dealt with all weekend , OH and don't forget the families also.
    The gangbangers get free passes in havasu
    http://images.townnews.com/havasunew...ews/news01.jpg

  7. #7
    BALLSDEEP
    Did anyone see the guy late Sunday afternoon in the channel with the black cowboy hat? There was like 4 cops around him telling him to leave and then he threw his hat at the cops and ran. They caught him, but I was curious to see what happened, I’m sure he was just being a drunk jackass.

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    Boatcop
    Police noted that the average blood alcohol concentration for those arrested for alcohol offenses was .25%. (There was even one young female passed out on the sidewalk with a .27% BAC.)
    I question that figure. If the AVERAGE was .25%, then one drunk chick at .27% isn't a real big deal.
    .15% average I could believe. But .25%? I call BS.

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    How many of the 60 charged with underage possession/consumption of liquor were locals?

  10. #10
    CityGuy
    Good catch Alan. The .25% was the average of three men that were arrested under the offensive conduct ordinance (urinating in public), not the average for all alcohol-related arrests, as stated in the paper.
    Roostwear - Of the 60 arrests for underage possession/consumption:
    55 adults (18-20)
    5 juveniles
    52 California
    2 locals
    2 other AZ
    4 elsewhere

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