Archive - Dec 29, 2010 - News Article
As the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights enters the home stretch of its 14th annual run, almost 20,000 people have visited the holiday attraction, officials say.
Pat Simmons, who has directed the event since its inception, said 19,435 people have toured the festival as of Tuesday morning. The busiest night was Christmas Eve, when more than 2,200 people came through the gates at Comanche Trail Park.
People from 36 states and 12 countries have visited the event, Simmons said.
Law enforcement officials want area drivers to have a safe — and sober — New Year's Eve celebration. But those officials added that people who might be tempted to celebrate a bit too much should reconsider.
Area police, sheriff deputies and state troopers will be out in force through New Year's Eve, and they will not be looking kindly on those who are drinking and driving.
The Big Spring Police Department reported the following activity Tuesday and early Wednesday:
â€˘ MELVIN WILLIAM BIDDLE, 48, 908 W. Fourth, was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
â€˘ DAVID LYNN DOW, 27, 1402 Tucson, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass.
â€˘ JAMES CARSON, 50, 200 N. Scurry, was arrested on two warrants from other agencies.
â€˘ ASHLEY CASSAREZ LUNA, 26, 406 S. Douglas, was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated/second offense.
â€˘ BURGLARY OF A HABITATION was reported in the 100 block of Lockhart.
â€˘ THEFT was reported in the 1700 block of Johnson.