RENO-TAHOE, Nev. & Calif. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — According to authorities in regional law enforcement, several arrests were made during New Year’s Eve festivities — but overall, the night was relatively quiet.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2014-2015 New Year’s Eve celebration in the casino core area of Stateline, Nevada went as planned.
The celebratory crowd appeared small, likely due to bitterly cold temperatures. U.S. Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic at about 11:50 p.m. for public safety reasons as the celebrants flowed into the roadway as they celebrated the coming of the New Year. The Nevada side of U.S. Highway 50 was cleared of celebrants at approximately 12:15 a.m. and was reopened to vehicle traffic at approximately 12:22 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the roadway.
Eight people were arrested in the downtown casino core area of Stateline, Nevada during the evening. Charges included battery, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and possession of a dangerous drug.
Another three people were arrested for traffic-related offenses and driving under the influence.
The Minden-Gardnerville area reported a similarly quiet evening; with five people arrested for DUI, domestic battery, resisting a public officer, intoxicated pedestrian and minor consuming.
There were no reported injuries to any public safety personnel.
Despite cold temperatures, thousands of people gathered in downtown Reno to bring in the New Year. Several officers from the Reno Police Department were also in downtown Reno to ensure the event was safe for all participants. A spokesperson for RPD reports officers mingled and interacted with the crowd all night long having mostly positive interactions which resulted in very few arrests.
There were a total of four arrests during the Downtown Reno New Year’s Eve Celebrations; two arrests for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, one arrest for Possession of Methamphetamine/Possession of Methamphetamine for Sales, one arrest for Disturbing the Peace, and one arrest for an outstanding warrant.
Five people were also detained for civil protective custody due to being intoxicated.
Between the hours of 2 p.m. on December 31, 2014 and approximately 1 a.m. January 1, 2015, the Sparks Police Department increased its patrol staffing for New Year’s Eve, according to a spokesperson with Sparks PD.
During these hours, officials say there were three arrests made; one for an outstanding warrant, one for possession of stolen property, and one for fraud.
There was also one call of a juvenile party involving alcohol in which one citation was issued and two referrals were made to the Jan Evans Juvenile Justice Center. Finally, officers made many traffic stops and issued 11 citations for various traffic-related offenses.