Many who came to town on vacation this past weekend left on probation.
The holiday’s crime statistics, released Tuesday by the city’s Police Department, show that two-thirds of the people arrested during Labor Day weekend were from California.
In all, 169 people were arrested this past weekend, 11 more than last year. Of that, 112, or 66 percent, were from the sunshine state.
“That does appear to be normal and right in line with previous holidays,” police Lt. Rich Sloma said.
The majority of arrests, 60, were for underage possession/consumption of alcohol. Disorderly conduct, 25, and drinking in public, 10, rounded out the top three categories.
Nine people were charged with offensive conduct, a city ordinance aimed at preventing unruly behavior before it becomes a more serious crime.
The ordinance was in effect for the 2006 Labor Day weekend, but this was the first year it had been enforced for the entire summer, giving visitors an increased awareness, Sloma said.
Nine people also were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, a drop from past years, police Chief Dan Doyle said.
“That’s a little bit low for a holiday weekend, but there was a lot of awareness. There was a DUI task force going on. Hopefully, people are getting the idea,” he said.
Police are seeing the same thing with OUI arrests, noting that the number of OUI arrests in the Channel is “down significantly” compared to last year, Doyle said.
“We’re attributing that to the emphasis we placed on it the last boating season. We’re seeing more designated drivers, so I think the increased awareness is helping,” he said.
The city’s Fire Department also had a busy holiday. Firefighters this past weekend responded to 106 emergencies, up from 87 last year.
The majority of those, 78, were medical calls. Firefighers also responded to nine fire-related calls and four vehicle accidents.
“Even though the total number of emergency incidents increased from last year’s totals, we were fortunate enough to have a fairly safe weekend,” fire Chief Dennis Mueller said.
David Bell contributed to this article. You may contact the reporter at email@example.com.