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Hopkins Co. sees spike in family feuds during holidays

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HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE) -

It's a dark side of the holidays, as first responders see an increasing number of emergency runs during this time of year.

So what's going on? You might be surprised to learn what Hopkins County Central Dispatchers say is their most frequent call during the holidays.

"We seem to have a rise in family arguments, domestics, not sure what it is. We work 12 hour shifts up here. We would love to be at home with our families, but it just seems like the one's that are home with their families, I don't know if they are drinking a little bit too much, but they do tend to have domestic violence," said Rodney Orange with dispatch. 

Statistics gathered from Christmas in 2012 and this past Thanksgiving, do show an increase domestic violence, harassment, property dispute and intoxication calls for Hopkins County law enforcement.

"Seems like our calls have spiked during the holidays, just not sure what the problem is with it," Orange said.

Central dispatchers are manning the computers 365 days a year, but it's the spike in family feuds during the holidays that has them puzzled.

"You start having adults most of the time causing problems, drinking too much, fighting. You know that's not what the holidays are about," Orange said.

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