By Nammi Bhagvandoss
Globe Staff Writer
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were a bit more active than usual but well within the norm for area law enforcement, authorities said Wednesday.
"Nothing major has happened New Year's Eve or New Year's Day," said Joplin police Cpl. Grant LaVelle. "Nothing spectacular. We had a fair amount of intoxicated drivers."
Officers investigated 10 to 15 domestic-violence calls, said LaVelle, who worked from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
"Normally on New Year's Day, people are sleeping because they were celebrating New Year's Eve," LaVelle said. "That really hasn't been the case. We've had a higher than average amount of service as compared to a normal Wednesday."
LaVelle said he spoke to Cpl. Jim Stever, who worked New Year's Eve.
"He said it was really busy (Tuesday night), but nothing out of the ordinary happened," LaVelle said. "It was routine type police work. ... I know there were a fair amount of (driving while intoxicated) arrests."
Said Sgt. Kevin Klink, who works in the traffic division: "We had a few accidents. Nothing major. There were DWI arrests.
Overall, it was a good night as far as driving."
Newton County sheriff's Lt. Richard Leavens said deputies responded to some fights, and calls regarding domestic violence and peace disturbance.
He said deputies assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol in at least one traffic accident.
Leavens said county deputies assisted Neosho police during a fight in the city, and two Neosho officers reportedly were assaulted. No details were available.
"It was pretty much a normal New Year's Eve for us, the fights and the parties," Leavens said.
The Webb City Police Department arrested one person for driving while intoxicated late New Year's Eve, and one person for misdemeanor assault and one for disorderly conduct early New Year's Day, said a dispatcher.
At Galena, Kan., police officers made no arrests for driving under the influence from 4 p.m. Tuesday to 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, said Jim Clifford, a police dispatcher.
"Nothing dangerous happened," Clifford said. "Thank God."
By Nammi Bhagvandoss