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Ashland's Halloween celebration nets fewer citations than past years

 Posted: 12:05 PM November 01, 2013

Citations handed out by police during Ashland's Halloween celebration Thursday were down from past years, though a group argument near the Plaza ended in a stabbing with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers passed out eight citations during the celebration, which drew a crowd of about 1,000 to the Plaza, according to an Ashland Police Department press release. Five were for drinking alcohol openly in public.

Three other individuals were cited for possession of a controlled substance, disorderly conduct and domestic assault, the release said.

Those statistics are citywide, but most of the misbehavior was linked to Halloween celebrators.

Officers were called to a disturbance at about 10:45 p.m. in the area of North Main and Bush streets, where they found that an argument involving multiple people there had turned violent and one person had been stabbed. The person, who has not yet been identified, was taken to a Medford hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. No arrest has been made.

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

Last year, police handed out 11 citations, mostly for possession of marijuana. In 2011, police handed out 17 citations, also mostly for possession of marijuana.

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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