Numerous minor incidents during holiday |

Numerous minor incidents during holiday

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Law enforcement in South Shore reported no major incidents that occurred on the Fourth of July but were busy with drunks, fireworks, fights and noise disturbances.

More than 250 incidents on Thursday were listed in the South Lake Tahoe police log, Sgt. Alex Schumacher said.

Police made 17 arrests Thursday, including resisting arrest, trespassing and drunk driving.

The police log listed three driving under the influence arrests and one drunk in public arrest.

“We stayed pretty busy after the fireworks,” Schumacher said. “That’s when we get a lot of calls on parties and disturbances.”

Schumacher worked El Dorado Beach Thursday night and noticed fewer people than years prior.

“For the most part, at least the beach I was at, people were complying,” he said. “But we also had a few who didn’t get the message.”

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department arrested about four people for being drunk in public and traveled to numerous reports of fireworks.

“We’ve adopted a zero-tolerance policy so if we catch the people with (fireworks) we cite them,” Sgt. Jim Watson said. “But by the time we arrived we were unable to find the fireworks.”

Watson said boat traffic seemed to increase two or three-fold this year compared to past years but had few incidents regarding boats, alcohol and overloading being the main illegal activities.

The U.S. Coast Guard could not be reached for comment.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Department reported no significant activity from large crowds.

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