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Halloween brings out revelers, but not much criminal behavior

 Posted: 11:10 AM November 01, 2012

About 1,000 Halloween partiers packed Ashland's downtown Plaza Wednesday after dark, but police saw less of the notorious behavior that typically haunts the night.

Officers passed out 11 citations — mostly for possession of marijuana — and arrested four people during the celebration Wednesday, said Deputy Police Chief Corey Falls.

Those statistics are citywide, but most of the action was generated by Halloween celebrators, he said.

One individual was arrested on charges of first-degree disorderly conduct, and interfering with a police officer for reportedly standing on one of the plaza fountains, Falls said.

Three drivers were cited on charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Six people were cited for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, three minors were cited for drinking alcohol, one person was cited for carrying an open container of alcohol in public, and another who was reportedly seen urinating in public was cited for scattering rubbish, Falls said.

About 30 police officers — from Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and Medford — were on patrol in Ashland for Halloween.

Last year, police handed out 17 citations — mostly for possession of marijuana — and arrested 13 people.

In 2009, when Halloween fell on a Saturday, police arrested 29 people, largely for similar offenses. In 2008, police made 37 arrests on Halloween.

— Sam Wheeler

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