Only 4 arrests reported in uptown Charlotte for New Year’s Eve

Uptown Charlotte’s celebration of New Year’s Eve was relatively peaceful, city officials reported Thursday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reported only four arrests, all on minor charges, and the number of 311 calls dropped 16 percent from New Year’s Eve in 2013, officials said.

This year’s main uptown observance of the new year was CLT New Year’s Eve, at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Brevard Street. City officials estimated about 5,000 people attended the event, which included live music and the hoisting of Charlotte’s crown to ring in 2015.

But there also was a concert at Time Warner Cable Arena and a number of parties at Epicenter and other bars and restaurants in uptown.

CMPD officials reported arresting three people for intoxication and disruptive behavior and one on misdemeanor assault charges. A police spokesman said the number of arrests was low for a New Year’s Eve. No juveniles were charged or arrested, authorities said.

Police had announced in advance that they would have extra staffing in uptown Charlotte this week, specifically for Tuesday night’s Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium, Wednesday night’s festivities, and Saturday evening’s Carolina Panthers’ playoff game at the stadium.

Fights and other violence marred Fourth of July and Speed Street activities in recent years, and city officials had declared CLT New Year/s Eve as an Extraordinary Event, giving police extra powers to limit the types of items carried by party-goers uptown.

Medic reported getting 27 calls near CLT New Year’s Eve, eight from the area near Time Warner Cable Arena, and five near Epicenter. All were for non-life-threatening injuries or conditions, officials said.

There were 174 calls made Wednesday evening and early Thursday to Charlotte’s 311 service. Officials said that number was down 16 percent from a year ago, and that 40 percent of the calls were safety-related. That included 33 complaints from residents about noise.

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