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More damage to property reported during Oktoberfest opening weekend

3 La Crosse police members injured while making arrests

LA CROSSE, WI - La Crosse police say they were "extremely busy" with a lot of activity and calls for service during opening weekend of Oktoberfest (Friday, September 27-Monday, September 30).

Police received calls reporting vandalism from the weekend throughout the week.

They had 1,078 total calls from 7 a.m. Friday, September 27 to 3 p.m. Monday, September 30.

Here are the 2013 statistics La Crosse police released Friday afternoon:

Out with Party Calls217
Trouble with Party Calls (TWP)101
Damage to property/vandalism(*Calls)22
Riverside Park Contacts61
Fight (some may have been classified as TWP)11

**There were more than 22 victims or properties damaged. Example: If 16 cars are keyed (damaged) in a row, that shows up as 1 call or incident.


Persons Arrested (Adults): Total50
Criminal Charges on above 50 persons112
Citations Issued: Total266
Alcohol citations (underage and other)177
Disorderly conduct citations31
Deposit Reuse Material Citations21
Parade Route Violations - 5.07 (A) Citations0
Written Warnings20

Campus Area (7th - 16th & La Crosse - Main)262
Downtown (2nd-4th & Vine-King)165
Maple Leaf Parade (Clinton St. to King St.)59
Southside Festgrounds6
Northside Festgrounds5

Three care were flipped over within about a 2 1/2 hour period late Saturday night early Sunday morning:
Car 1: 10th and Main St. 9/28/2013 at 11:06 p.m.
Car 2: 307 North 11th St. 9/29/2013 at 12:17 a.m.
Car 3: 13th and Vine St. 9/29/2013 at 1:38 a.m.

Police say the criminal acts of tipping over cars "appear to be a premeditated activity and were not the result of a civil disturbance or any kind of confrontation." No arrests have been made related to those incidents.

La Crosse police say "it was an extremely busy weekend with many reports of criminal damage to property to residences and vehicles" (including being keyed, windows broken, and side mirrors smashed.) Police arrested two people involved in damage to property, including Kole Anderson.

Anderson, 19, was charged Monday with three counts of criminal damage and obstructing an officer after he used a knife to damage three cars on opening night of Oktoberfest.

La Crosse police increased patrol and their mobile presence this Oktoberfest, especially in the campus area. Three officers were injured while making arrests, but did not elaborate on the incidents. One person is still on light duty from a sprained wrist.

Last year, La Crosse police responded to 1,073 total calls for service. The weekend hours used for stats were from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday morning.

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