The La Paz County Sheriff’s Office reports a relatively quiet and uneventful 4th of July holiday weekend.
According to Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Alan Nelson, there were no major incidents on the river or on the highways. Through Monday morning, a total of 16 persons were arrested and booked into the jail, five for warrants, three for DUI, two for possession of drugs and one each for aggravated DUI, extreme DUI, OUI, aggravated assault, theft and for driving on a suspended license.
The arrest numbers are a significant decrease from that normally seen on holiday weekends in La Paz County. Lt. Nelson says he believes that the low activity is due to a more family-oriented crowd for the Fourth weekend than is usually experienced on other summer holidays.
A major monsoon storm hit La Paz County at approximately 7:30pm on Sunday evening, causing a power outage in the eastern part of the county, including the towns of Salome and Wenden. APS responded and power was restored by 11:30pm.
Rain, heavy at times, fell throughout the county, often accompanied by strong winds. The only damage reported from the storm was an awning that was blown into power lines in the Lakeside 2 subdivision and a boat that sank on the river, docked at B&B Trailer Park near Parker Dam.
Blowing dust and low visibility also caused a multi-vehicle crash on I-10 at milepost 69-70 near the county line.
DPS reported no injuries or deaths from the collisions.