Friday, 14 June 2024

Law enforcement reports on a 'mellow' holiday weekend

LAKE COUNTY – With thousands of people out enjoying the July 4 holiday celebration, local law enforcement reported that, overall, it was a mild weekend with no serious incidents.


In Clearlake, holiday festivities took place on Saturday, with visitors and residents alike crowding into the city.


Clearlake Police Chief Allan McClain said the parade, daylong events and firework in the evening went smoothly.


“Everything was fairly quiet for us this weekend,” he said, adding, “We had a lot of people in town.”


Across the lake, Lakeport Police Chief Kevin Burke estimated that the crowd was slightly smaller this year, but still large for the city.


He said it was pretty “mellow,” with several police units on patrol during the Sunday events.


“We had one fight at the park itself fairly early on, resulting in one arrest,” he said, and there were a few loud parties here and there which had to be dispersed.


“We did have a lot of intoxicated people in town,” he said, but the good news was that police made contact with many designated drivers who were helping keep drunk drivers off the roads.


The big concern came when wiring problems delayed and then caused gaps in the city's annual fireworks display Sunday evening.


“We were getting a little concerned because people were starting to definitely get upset that the fireworks show wasn't starting,” he said.


Burke added that for the most part the crowd remained calm and didn't cause any problems.


However, he said the police department's phone was ringing off the hook with questions from people wanting to know what was up with the fireworks display.


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