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Police busy during first part of Oktoberfest

A wrecker loads one of the vehicles that was flipped over during the first weekend of Oktoberfest A wrecker loads one of the vehicles that was flipped over during the first weekend of Oktoberfest

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - La Crosse Police had another busy opening weekend to Oktoberfest.

Based on numbers released by the department Friday afternoon, they had 1078 calls for service. That is five more than the same time frame last year.  Of this year's calls, fifty adults were arrested (with 112 criminal charges pending on those individuals), 266 citations were issued, and 20 were given written warnings.

The majority of the citations, 177, were related to alcohol.

The department is still compiling numbers for calls in the campus area which had a number of damage to property and vandalism complaints. No arrests have been made for the three flipped vehicles that occured Saturday night into Sunday morning. Police believe the overturned cars to have been premeditated crimes done by 4-8 people who stood watch, and when police weren't around, flipped the vehicles, then fled.

There were also reports of Criminal Damage to Property, which included vehicles being keyed, windows broken, and side mirrors smashed.

Police did increased the number of officers in the downtown area and brought in more out-of-town police, like members of the Wisconsin State Patrol, to police the campus area. The campus area has had growing incidents in recent years, which is why the police set up a command center in the campus area this year. They even increased the bike patrol.

Three La Crosse Police officers were even injured while making arrests over the opening weekend. One of which is still on light duty.

Police do state that on a positive note, the 3rd Street Aid Station was successful in helping more than 2,000 people. This included over 730 bus rides, phone charges, medical assistance, and giving out of hundreds of wristbands.

La Crosse Police reserves added the to the ranks of the volunteers of Operation River Watch who patrol the Riverside Park area. The group had contact with 61 people in the park between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

The La Crosse Fire Department staffed a boat along the park area as an extra precaution.


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