Amherst police assaulted during rough weekend
AMHERST — Police dealt with large parties, flying bottles, fights and assaults on officers as they responded to more than 20 noise complaints over the weekend.
On Friday just before midnight, officers broke up a party at 1107 North Pleasant St. at which an estimated 400 people were in attendance. When officers arrived at the house, they found the door was locked and the people inside refused to open it and started throwing beer out the windows at the officers, police said.
Four residents were arrested on charges of unlawful noise and issued nuisance house citations: Bryan Gudewich, 21, of Lowell, Adam Harrington, 21, of Nashua, N.H.; John Bulman, 22, of Tyngsborough, and William Collins III, 21, of Tyngsborough. In addition, Kyle Darosa, 19, was arrested and charged with underage possession of alcohol and resisting arrest, police said.
An officer was hit in the head with a beer bottle while breaking up a fight involving 10 people outside Gilreath Manor on Hobart Lane Sunday at 1:55 a.m., police said. The bottle did not break and the officer sustained only minor injuries, police said.
James Robinson, 19, of Springfield was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, police said.
At about the same time, a fight was reported at Presidential Apartments at 950 North Pleasant St. Nicholas Mulveyhill, 21, of 107 Lyman St., South Hadley, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said. Another disturbance occurred on Fearing Street Sunday at 2:40 a.m. Residents reported that someone in the apartment was throwing bottles and other items at them, police said. When the assailant was located upstairs, he assaulted one officer with his shoulder and knocked over another, police said.
Jonathan Jacobs, 22, of North Attleborough was arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery on a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.
On Saturday at 6:11 p.m., officers responded to 977 North Pleasant St. after a report of fireworks in the area, police said. A group of young men on the lawn admitted setting off the fireworks and were given a verbal warning, police said.
Officers were patrolling on Phillips Street Sunday at 12:29 a.m. when they heard yelling coming from the house at 45 Phillips St. and found between 20 and 30 men fighting on the porch, police said. Several of the combatants fled upon seeing the officers but 10 to 15 continued fighting even after receiving a verbal warning, police said.
Kevin DeFusco, 19, of Westford was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and underage possession of alcohol, police said.
Between Friday morning and Sunday morning, officers logged 24 noise complaints, broke up four fights, and summoned to court or arrested 12 people on charges of underage possession of alcohol or carrying an open container of alcohol. They issued nuisance-house citations at two houses, police said.