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Break at Presidential Apartments in Amherst leads to arrest

Detective Jamie Reardon said police officers were contacted at 11:45 p.m. after neighbors saw an intruder kick in the door and enter the apartment.

Lawrence P. Gilligan Jr., 19, of Reading, was arrested less than 30 minutes later on two counts of nighttime felony breaking and entering, two counts of defacing property and possession of a fake ID, Reardon said.

With many students away for the long Veterans Day weekend, police responded to a much smaller number of noise complaints than is typical during most fall semester weekends.

Many of the noise disturbances centered on South Prospect Street and areas near the Amherst College campus, especially Saturday evening following the Amherst-Williams football game.

Amherst College police assisted in quieting down loud music and parties at dormitories in the vicinity.

But Amherst police got complaints from several residents about a growing noise problem in the neighborhood, which led police to respond to a loud party Friday at 10:18 p.m. at 55 South Prospect St., where three men were issued $300 tickets for violating the town’s noise bylaw.

The largest party of the weekend took place Saturday at 11:28 p.m. at a residence just north of downtown.

Michael Vuona, 22, of 233 East Pleasant St., was arrested at home on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw and resisting arrest, Reardon said.

Police officers who responded to the residence found more than 200 people in attendance, some loitering in the roadway, while a DJ played loud music, Reardon said.

A game of beer pong on a screened-in porch Monday at 3:54 a.m. at 260 Grantwood Drive led to police issuing a 21-year-old Pepperell man a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw, Reardon said.

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