Halloween crowd estimated at 32K
Halloween on Franklin Street drew a peak crowd of approximately 32,000 people, police said.
The streets were cleared of people at midnight and opened to traffic at 1:06 a.m. after being cleaned by town crews.
There were a number of arrests made or citations issued in the closed area, according to a news release.
• 1 person charged for Simple Assault
• 2 people charged for Public Urination
• 1 person charged for Simple Possession of Marijuana and Carry Concealed Weapon
• 3 charges for Open Container of Alcohol
• 3 charges for Drunk and Disruptive
• 1 charge for Disorderly Conduct
• 1 charge for Simple Affray
• 1 charge for Assaulting a Firefighter and for Resist, Delay or Obstruct
Orange County Emergency Services responded to 29 EMS calls within the closed event. The majority of EMS calls were alcohol related.
County preparing for hunting season
Orange County Animal Services is preparing for hunting season for deer by promoting awareness of the legal requirements and responsibilities of using dogs and guns to hunt deer.
The season opens on Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends on Jan. 1. At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, County staff hopes to mitigate health and safety concerns through public outreach.
An Orange County informational brochure is available that provides general information about using dogs to hunt deer. This is lawful in northern Orange County, specifically the portion of the county north of Interstate 85. The brochure also describes the process for reporting concerns or issuing complaints about unlawful hunting practices.
It is important to note that hunters, residents and landowners all have rights and responsibilities. Responsible conduct by all parties can minimize conflict and ensure public health and safety, during the upcoming gun hunting season.
One responsibility is that written permission must be obtained to hunt on someone’s private property. In Orange County, written permission is required whether or not private property is posted as “No hunting.” This differs from other counties in North Carolina, which requires written permission only when hunting on posted property.