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New year off to quiet start, authorities say

Some arrests, but no major incidents

POSTED: January 3, 2014 12:27 a.m.

Celebrations rang in 2014 worldwide, but most Forsyth County residents seemed to have behaved themselves.

“The last few years have been actually quite quiet from any fireworks-related incidents,” said Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

“It appears that the community has been heeding safety precautions and using their celebratory fireworks responsibly, and for that we are very much appreciative.”

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office did see a “slight increase in the number of arrests over last New Year’s Eve,” said spokeswoman Karleen Chalker.

“We had two more DUI-alcohol arrests this year than last,” she said. “We had one more drug-related arrest last year than this year.”

In total, eight people were cited for driving under the influence, four each for drugs and alcohol.

One of the incidents happened at 2:30 a.m. New Year’s Day, when a 36-year-old man was charged with DUI and child endangerment.

Arrests aside, Chalker said “there were no major incidents” over the holiday.


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