Crime-fighters fight fighting-crimes

By Burro R. Meadows | Police/Journalist Intern With Smartphone

Photo illustration of the incidents. (Mama Said Knock You Out)
Photo illustration of the incidents. (Mama Said Knock You Out)

Area police were kept busy over the weekend, including investigation of at least two or three fights that happened Friday, Saturday and probably Sunday.

Around 8 p.m. Friday, officers investigated a report of a squabble near Elm Street and Lake-Path Lane, involving loud voices but no weapons. Officers made it to the scene and found about seven people actively engaged in a fight. Officers said the altercation escalated into a larger altercation, which soon dispersed.

Authorities sealed off the area with bright, yellow tape, adorned with dark-black lettering, and glared at residents who stood too closely to it.

Several arrests were made. Nearly nobody was injured.

Less than 21 hours later, police were called to the 900 block of Maple Avenue, where about four people were involved in a fight. Gunshots had been heard in the area, but police assume that was an unrelated occurrence.

Finally, around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to an area near Scrappy’s Party World out on Out-on-the-Highway Road to investigate another fight, which may have involved young-adult males who had successfully bonded-out after the previous fight.

Although each skirmish is mostly unconnected, officials intend to pursue stiffer fighting-related arrest ordinances in the Bass Lake area.

“That’s what I would do,” said Gwen McNabb, recently reinstated chief of Bass Lake Authority Police.

Such a proposal may end up the agenda at the next town council meeting, scheduled for June 20.

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