Nine partyers arrested in relatively quiet Amherst weekend
AMHERST — Many college students left Amherst for the first three-day weekend of the fall semester, but police still responded to 10 noise complaints and made arrests that could lead to $3,300 in fines for violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws.
Detective Jamie Reardon said Monday that call volume was down from previous weekends, with fewer than 200 calls for service.
“The lack of people in town helped us in terms of arrests and noise complaints,” Reardon said.
Friday at 11:06 p.m., officers got a call about loud noise at 36 Hallock St. Even though they didn’t get there for nearly an hour, partygoers were still present and the guests were uncooperative with officers, police said.
Benjamin Gregson Chase, 22, of 58 Bridge St., Hatfield, Jeffrey C. Larnard, 21, of Amesbury, John A. O’Shea, 22, of Dracut, and Molly E. Stevens, 22, of West Roxbury, were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw.
Less than an hour later, police were called to 30 North East St., where 200 people were gathered for a party and underage drinking was taking place, Reardon said. A 20-year-old North Attleborough man was issued a $300 ticket for violating the noise bylaw, Reardon said.
Problems began again early Sunday morning at 164 Sunset Ave., when loud music was reported and about 115 guests were found at the home, including underage drinkers consuming alcohol on the front lawn. Eric Keith Brown, 22, of Norton, was arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws.
Monday at 1:26 a.m. at 132 Northampton Road, police responded to loud noise and were met with uncooperative residents, including some who made offensive comments toward officers.
Michael J. Borgenicht, 20, of Dover, Jeffrey M. Keedy, 28, of 54 Amity Place, Daniel J. Shimkus, 20, of Sudbury, and Keith M. Toffling, 30, of 132 Northampton Road, were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw.
Police went to an additional seven noise complaints where officers issued verbal warnings to residents.
Besides responding to noise complaints, Reardon said police also were proactive in efforts to prevent break-ins by having additional patrols centered on apartment complexes where college-age people live. Reardon said thefts of electronics often take place when students are gone for extended periods.
The only break-in reported during the weekend occurred before most students had left town. Friday at 3:55 p.m., a resident at Colonial Village, 81 Belchertown Road, told police a door had been kicked in and a laptop, money, watch and other items were stolen.