Minden, NV…The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the 2013/2014 New Year’s Eve celebration in the casino core area of Stateline, Nevada went as planned.
The celebratory crowd seemed no larger than in past years. U.S. Highway 50 was closed to vehicle traffic at about 11:40 p.m. for public safety reasons. The celebrants were allowed to flow into the roadway as they celebrated the coming of the New Year. The Nevada side of U.S. Highway 50 was cleared of celebrants at 12:20 am and was reopened to vehicle traffic at approximately 1:00 a.m. after the crowd peacefully moved off the roadway.
24 persons were arrested in the downtown casino core area of Stateline, Nevada during the evening. Charges included assault, affray, domestic battery, disorderly conduct, minor consuming alcohol and civil protective custody.
The Minden-Gardnerville area reported a similarly quiet evening; with one person arrested for DUI.
The various law enforcement and support agencies involved in this year’s event worked extremely well together. Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini extends his gratitude to all agencies who participated, including: Nevada Highway Patrol, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, FBI, Douglas County Communications Center, Nevada Department of Transportation and Cal-Trans.
There were no reported injuries to any public safety personnel.