MARQUETTE - Police characterized New Year's Eve in the Marquette area as typical with an average crowd reported at the downtown ball drop and a few drunk and disorderly arrests made elsewhere during the night.
At the corner of Front and Washington streets, those gathered to watch the New Year's Eve ball drop from the Savings Bank Building braved cold temperatures and the event went off as scheduled.
Marquette City Police Department Detective Capt. Gordon Warchock said the crowd at the ball drop was estimated at between 3,000 and 5,000 people.
Crowds cheer at the downtown Marquette ball drop on New Year’s Eve. Several thousand people attended the popular annual event. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
Warchock said the ball drop was uneventful from a law enforcement perspective. Elsewhere in town, police were kept busy on routine calls, with a few arrests made of subjects being drunk and disorderly, Warchock said.
"It went pretty well," Warchock said.
Across Marquette and Alger counties, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were both reported as largely uneventful, according to the Michigan State Police. Two drunken driving arrests were made in Marquette Township and a report of providing alcohol to minors was logged in Sands Township.
"In the out county area, it was pretty quiet," said MSP Sgt. Kevin Dowling at the Negaunee Regional post. "There were some minor disturbances."
No stormy conditions were recorded, which helped keep roads in good condition for motorists.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.