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Little 500 arrest, citation numbers appear to hold steady

Preliminary numbers from the Bloomington Police Department and numbers released by Indiana State Police and Indiana State Excise Police of those arrested and cited during the Little 500 weekend appear to be consistent with last year’s numbers.

BPD’s early numbers show 42 people arrested between 4 p.m. Thursday and 4 a.m. Sunday, Lt. John Kovach said. Eleven of those people were cited for misdemeanors and released, and 31 were jailed.

Last year, BPD arrested 41 people during what Capt. Steve Kellams described then as a “very quiet” iteration of the celebratory weekend. Kovach said more official numbers for this year should be available later in the week.

As of now, the most serious crimes in BPD’s jurisdiction from this weekend appear to be three reported rapes Those crimes are under investigation.

BPD has not assisted with the IU Police Department’s investigation into two reported abduction attempts, Kovach said.

BPD also responded to a slew of smaller crime reports. A delivery driver reported being assaulted after he tried to remove a dancing partygoer from the hood of his car, and at least two men were arrested after drunkenly trying to force their way into other people’s apartments.

Also under investigation is a report from early Sunday morning of shots fired near the 100 block of South Kingston Drive, Kovach said. One officer who responded to the report found a brass shell casing in the middle of the roadway near Marsh Supermarket.

ISP increased patrols in Monroe County during the weekend, according to a press release. Troopers made a total of 114 arrests during the weekend, including 15 for operating while intoxicated and a total of 25 felonies. Drug possession arrests and warrant arrests were among those made.

Excise police arrested or cited 151 people, including 114 minors, on a total of 316 charges, according to an IndyStar report. That number decreased from 179 in the same time frame last year.

This year’s Sunday pretrial diversion program offered by the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office brought in 166 people ticketed for underage drinking and public intoxication.

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