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Fourth of July: Law and disorder
By Chris Strunk
Last Updated: July 12, 2018

While Valley Center residents appeared to enjoy themselves during the Fourth of July, the holiday wasn't such a blast for local law enforcement.

Police responded to several complaints last week, issued a handful of tickets and even arrested one reveler.

The problems began July 2 when police were called to a fireworks complaint in the 600 block of East Valley Park. Police observed residents discharging fireworks after hours in the middle of the street. An officer spoke with the homeowner, who agreed to put a stop to the fireworks.

Also on July 2, homeowners in the 600 block of North Redbud found a large Rottweiler in their garage. Apparently, the dog was afraid of the fireworks and was hiding. Animal control took the dog.

On July 3, three Valley Center officers gave multiple warnings to residents who were shooting fireworks in various parts of the city past the 10 p.m. curfew.

Later that night, one resident was ticketed for shooting fireworks after 10 p.m. on a city road in the 200 block of South Stoneridge.

Then things heated up on July 4.

According to a police report, Officer Eric Leeker observed a 33-year-old man walk away from fireworks that were going off in the street. The man was previously warned against shooting fireworks in the street. Leeker issued a citation this time.

Police said the man made a threatening move toward officers after he received the citation. Police took the man to the ground. A glass beer bottle he was holding shattered and cut his arm.

Police called EMS, but the man refused treatment.

Police said Gabriel Avila was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on a charge of assault of a law enforcement officer.

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