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A ‘quiet night’ for local law enforcement

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 3:49 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 3:55 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — Local police officers were on high alert Tuesday evening with the extra travelers and get-togethers held throughout the county, as people gathered to help celebrate the New Year.

The snow that began to fall Tuesday evening and continued into the next day, also kept drivers watchful for icy and slick roads. A winter weather advisory was sent out around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, and brought with it a few inches of accumulated snow and bitter cold wind chills. The advisory was in effect until late New Year’s evening.

In Princeton, however, police were thankful to have a nice, quiet evening. Looking at the traffic log, Princeton Police Chief Tom Root confirmed the night held “not much excitement” for his officers in the area.

On Thursday, Spring Valley Police sent out two traffic accident reports, that occurred on New Year’s Eve night. None were necessarily connected to a weather-related incident or DUI. Police also responded to a bar fight at Uncle Stewey’s Roadhouse, which resulted in one battery charge just minutes into the New Year.

Spring Valley Police Chief Kevin Sangston was not available for comment before press time.

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office also had a quiet evening on Tuesday with no reported accidents. Chief Deputy Tim Trevier confirmed there was only one accident throughout the holiday, which occurred on Wednesday between Seatonvile and Spring Valley.

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