Many parties in Amherst during weekend, but major disturbances reduced
AMHERST — More than a dozen parties were broken up and 13 people were arrested for violating the town’s noise bylaw as police clamped down on large-scale disturbances during the last weekend in April.
While the weekend was busy for Amherst police, who were assisted by University of Massachusetts and state police troopers, most parties remained at manageable sizes.
“We were proactive in encouraging people not to congregate in large masses,” said Detective David Foster, observing that these are often when people get injured.
The first party police ended with arrests came Saturday at 12:28 a.m. at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St. The following four Westborough men were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw: Joshua Lane Davis, 22, Timothy Jackson Koehler, 21, David Nicholas Orlando, 21, and John Alden Rolfe, 22.
Another man who refused to cooperate with officers, and threw a beer can at workers for a private security detail, was arrested a short time later at the same location. Conor Michael Eagan, 21, of 1040 North Pleasant, unit 518, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, Foster said.
Saturday at 9:56 p.m., police responded to a loud party at 62 Summer St., a home police have gone to previously for noise issues, Foster said.
The following six people were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw: John R. Doherty, 20, of Weymouth; Devin John Dondero Jr., 21, and Richard C. Duddy, 21, both of Plymouth; Jesse Cletus Kummer, 20, and Stephen Patrick Sellner, 21, both of North Attleborough; and Alan Scardapane, 21, of 62 Summer St.
A band playing at 220 North East St. Saturday at 11:43 p.m. led to the arrest of three women who were hosting the musicians. Christina Rae Anderson, 22, Morgan B. Dugan, 21, and Thayer E. Dugan, 21, all of Nantucket, were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Foster said.
Police also issued $300 noise tickets to one person at 621 East Pleasant St. Friday at 10:45 p.m., to two residents at 285 Main St. Saturday at 2:09 a.m. and to one person at 26 Allen St. Saturday at 5:45 p.m.
Police cleared out a party with 100 guests at a 43 South Prospect St. home where a band was performing Friday at 11:06 p.m. and assisted a 195 College St. resident remove 150 guests who were gathered for another performance Friday at 11:18 p.m., and stopped a loud party at 858 East Pleasant St. Saturday at 1:14 a.m. before it grew any larger than the 25 people already in attendance.
Saturday at 3:55 p.m., officers cleared out 300 people, including many underage drinkers, from 1047 North Pleasant St. At 4:04 p.m. they sent 75 people on their way from 185 Sunderland Road. And at 6:21 p.m. they asked residents of 45 Phillips St. to end their party after guests began rolling beer cans in the middle of the road.
Sunday at 12:01 a.m., police cleared out 150 to 200 guests at 162 South East St., sent people on their way from another party at 382 North Pleasant St. at 12:44 a.m., and at 1:10 a.m. shut down a small party at 20 South Whitney St.
Police also used their presence to end problems before they could begin, Foster said, positioning 10 officers and four state troopers at 105 Meadow St. Saturday at 4:11 p.m. This alone was enough to deter people from gathering on the street, Foster said.
Early Sunday morning, several disorderly people were dealt with by police in separate incidents that appear to have been related to overconsumption of alcohol, Foster said.
In the most destructive incident, a man crossing Amity Street at 1:21 a.m. grabbed the open window of a vehicle stopped in traffic and shattered it, frightening the people inside, Foster said.
Matthew R. Lane, 23, of Medford, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and vandalizing property.
At 1:29 a.m., two people fighting on Hobart Lane were arrested. Tyson Dowdy, 22, of Greenfield, and Dominick Marcus Ferrante, 20, of Shelburne Falls, were taken into custody on charges of disorderly conduct.
Jacob Scott Dennis of Sharon was seen urinating on a tree on Sunset Avenue at 1:07 a.m., Foster said. He told officers that it was OK to do so because it was his 20t birthday, Foster said. He faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Another man allegedly urinating in a public way, Michael Rodriguez, 23, of Cumberland,. R.I., was arrested at 12:27 a.m. on a charge of disorderly conduct. Foster said Rodriquez was urinating on the sidewalk on North Pleasant Street near Old Town Road.
Finally, at 12:46 a.m., Cameron William McCarthy, 19, of Weymouth, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct after running in the middle of Meadow Street and then deliberately getting in the way of vehicles, Foster said.