Hellish Halloween

Thursday, November 3, 2005

Mayhem arrived as scheduled in Isla Vista last weekend as Halloween stretched over three days that featured roadblocks, heavy drinking, costume ingenuity, and well-deserved overtime pay for police. An estimated 25,000 revelers descended on the college outpost for the All Hallows weekend, bringing with them more trick than treat; criminal conduct was up from last year, authorities said. The final numbers included more than 270 arrests, some 300 criminal citations, a half-dozen DUI and zero-tolerance charges-rounded out by a fatal/near-fatal fall from the I.V. cliffs. Also, more than 100 cars were impounded and hundreds of $35 parking citations were issued.

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