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Holiday cop calls varied by area

By: Roger Phelps The Telegraph
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Local law enforcement officials were busy over the long holiday haul. Drunk-driving arrests were up in Folsom this season, but down in El Dorado County. The reverse was true for overall law-enforcement work -- down in Folsom, up in El Dorado County. From Dec. 20 through Jan. 5, Folsom Police Department officers made 68 arrests, down from 82 arrests for the same time in 2007. Hillman said 29 of the 68 arrests were for suspected driving under the influence. "That's a 26-percent increase from last year," he said. At the Iron Point Light Rail station on Folsom Boulevard, three robberies were reported. Little indication exists that they are related, according to Hillman. "The incidents all took place on different dates and times and have differing characteristics," he said. Officers assisting an innkeeper at the Folsom Hotel were assaulted by a patron early Christmas morning. On New Year's eve on Greenback Lane, they recovered an auto reported stolen. In El Dorado County, harsh weather didn't help police work. From Christmas Eve through the evening of Dec. 26, a total of 29 auto crashes occurred in the California Highway Patrol service area between Folsom and greater Placerville. "That's actually quite a few," said Officer Sean Ricci, spokesman. "A lot of roads were iced over. We were tied up with crashes." The number was way up over 2007, when 16 crashes occurred in the service area during a similar period. Total CHP driving-under-the-influence arrests made this Christmas weekend, eight, were down sharply from 2007, when the CHP made 17 DUI arrests. El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies made four DUI arrests between Dec. 24 and Dec. 26, down from six in 2007, said Sgt. Bryan Golmitz, spokesman. Total calls for service, 718, were way up for El Dorado deputies this Christmas, from 575 in 2007. "I don't know if you attribute it to increased population, or to economics, or what, but it's obviously up," Golmitz said. Deputies answered no calls reporting homicide or assault with a deadly weapon, he said. The Telegraph’s Roger Phelps can be reached at rogerp@goldcountrymedia.com.