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Truckee/Tahoe police: July 4 weekend generally calm

TRUCKEE/TAHOE and#8212; The busy Fourth of July weekend went smoothly for local law enforcement, officials said this week.

With the holiday landing on a Saturday, local police and sheriffs said crowds and traffic were high, but for the most part, under control. In its second year in effect, the Truckee River alcohol ban also kept things flowing smoothly on the river.

and#8220;The alcohol ban was operative in reducing the number of river incidents,and#8221; said Lt. Allan Carter with Placer County Sheriffs Office. and#8220;All in all it went pretty well.and#8221;



He said the sheriffand#8217;s office booked 18 people on Saturday and#8212; three of which were for alcohol violations on the river.

and#8220;Thatand#8217;s down from 2007 and just slightly up from and#8216;08,and#8221; Carter said. and#8220;Most of the other arrests were alcohol related.and#8221;



Additionally, Placer County booked five people on Friday, July 3, and five people on Sunday, he said.

In Truckee, Lt. Harwood Mitchell of Truckee Police Department said things went well at the parade and at the fireworks show on West End Beach.

and#8220;Generally speaking Iand#8217;m very pleased; it was a successful, family-oriented day,and#8221; Mitchell said.

Truckee Police made seven arrests for public intoxication at West End Beach, said Sgt. Dan Johnston.

There was one accident that resulted in significant injuries, and the stalling of already gridlocked traffic on Donner Lake after the fireworks.

and#8220;We got the call at 10:54 p.m. mid-lake for a bicycle-versus-vehicle, and officers and medics made there way through the traffic,and#8221; Johnston said.

The unnamed 26-year-old bicyclist from Tahoe City appears to have crossed into an oncoming lane of west-bound traffic, hitting a car and going into the windshield, Johnston said.

The bicyclist was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital for serious leg injuries and unknown head injuries, Johnston said, and initial indications lead officers to believe the cyclist may have been under the influence of alcohol, pending lab results.

No mussels sighted

At various beaches lake-wide, officials found no trace of quagga and zebra mussels on the more than 1,000 boats inspected from July 3 to July 5.

Although about five boats were turned away because they were from high risk areas and two were detained for decontamination this week, the shelled invaders did not make an appearance this Independence Day weekend, said Nicole Cartwright, program manager of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s Invasive Species Program.

and#8220;It went very well,and#8221; she said. and#8220;We did have a handfull of people very angry because of the whole process and the fee, but otherwise every thing went really well.and#8221;

Sierra Sun reporter Annie Flanzraich contributed to this report.


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