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Weekend Yields Arrests, Fires
Large, colorful fireworks filled the night sky on Friday, July 4 as the local area saw some professionally done shows in communities neighboring Escalon. One was at Mistlin Sports Park in nearby Ripon and another at Woodward Reservoir, outside Oakdale. - photo by Marg Jackson/The Times

In a long holiday weekend that saw some illegal fireworks being shot off, Escalon Police reported a couple arrests for other offenses as well.

There were no arrests in the illegal fireworks incidents, which were reported in multiple locations around town. There were two cases where the illegal variety of fireworks were confiscated, with some on La Mesa and another case at Edmart and Fourth Street.

Police officials said there were no arrests, though the fireworks were confiscated and turned over to the fire department for disposal.

Officials said it is very hard to track down the illegal fireworks, as residents call to report them in an area of town, but can’t always tell where they are coming from.

Escalon Fire Department reported just a handful of calls on July 4 as well, with a couple of minor fires, possibly fireworks-related. Calls came in for small roadside fires at River Road and McHenry, as well as Escalon-Bellota at Lone Tree, and in the 2400 block of South McHenry.

Firefighters also had a potential river rescue over the weekend, dispatched to the 23000 block South Santa Fe Road on July 5 to a report of missing rafters. The party of four was later found at the McHenry Bridge.

On Thursday, July 3, police responded to a report of a subject laying down in the 1700 block of Main Street about 3:15 a.m. and discovered the 19-year-old Escalon man to be highly intoxicated. He was taken into custody and booked at San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of public intoxication.

About 8 p.m. on July 3, officers on patrol recognized a subject in the 2500 block of Jackson who had a warrant out for his arrest. The man, Bryan Westall, 25, of Escalon was taken into custody and booked at county jail on a $300,000 felony warrant for vandalism and illegally discharging a firearm with negligence, in connection with an incident that occurred in March.