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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
  • New Year’s Eve celebrated quietly in area

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  • As 2016-weary Randolph County residents eagerly anticipated the arrival of the new year, they largely did so without incident, according to area municipal and county law enforcement.
    The Sparta Police Department reported no arrests on New Year’s Eve, as did the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office.
    “I don’t think we had any issues whatsoever,” said Sparta Police Chief Sean Lukes.
    “I haven’t heard of anything, so I assume everything went well,” said Sheriff Shannon Wolff.
    The Chester Police Department did make one arrest on the holiday, as 41-year-old Edward C. Record, of Chester, was arrested for failure to appear in court on an unlawful possession of a debit/credit card or ID charge.
    He was taken to Randolph County Jail, where he remained as of Tuesday morning.
    “Law and order appears to have prevailed for the most part,” said Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey in a text message to the Herald Tribune.
    A year ago, the county was dealing with the New Year’s Flood of 2016, the second-highest on the Mississippi River on record at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Chester gauge.
    This year, no such weather events played havoc with the county’s emergency services.
    “I’m hoping this year is a little easier on us,” Coffey said.
    Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker was asked his hopes for the new year.
    “My hope would be everybody follows the law,” he said. “And also spend more time at home with family.”
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