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RACINE COUNTY — Holiday revelry in Racine County was subdued over the Christmas holiday but, staying in step with perception if not tradition, picked up substantially for the New Year’s holiday.

The Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported that its deputies made 25 arrests during the height of the 2017 holiday season.

“We had a quiet Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but a slightly busier New Year’s which, unfortunately, is to be expected,” Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said. “It appears, at least initially, this was a safer holiday season than in the past.”

On Christmas Eve, five arrests were reported in the county, ranging in charges from bail jumping, probation holds, theft, disorderly conduct to resisting and obstructing an officer.

On Christmas Day, only two arrests were made, with charges ranging from probation holds, bail jumping, disorderly conduct to operating while intoxicated.

The number increased on New Year’s Eve, when six arrests were made. Charges ranged from possession with intent to distribute marijuana, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct, operating a vehicle after revocation, misdemeanor battery, bail jumping and battery to threatening a judge.

New Year’s Day was the busiest day for the Sheriff’s Office, with 12 arrests tallied. Charges on Monday ranged from misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, strangulation, operating without motor vehicle liability, felony bail jumping, resisting and obstructing a police officer, operating a vehicle after revocation, criminal damage to property, probation holds, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of narcotic drugs, fleeing and eluding an officer, second-degree recklessly endangering safety and substantial battery.

The sheriff extended his thanks to the general public for their help and cooperation over the holidays.

“Thank you to those who celebrated safely and helped others get home,” Schmaling said.



Alyssa Mauk covers breaking news and courts. She enjoys hanging out with her daughter, gaming on her XBOX One, comic books and heavy metal music.

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