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Police respond to weekend fights, parties in Amherst; UMass student wakes up with broken leg after night of drinking

The most significant incident, in which a University of Massachusetts student was stabbed on Pine Street, occurred early Saturday morning. The man was treated for stab wounds to his neck and chest and a cut to his hand at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, said Detective David Foster. (See related story.)

At 1:04 p.m. Saturday, a Puffton Village resident reported he had gone to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton to be treated for injuries to his eye and knee and scratches that resulted from being jumped while standing on his porch several hours earlier.

A 20-year-old man from Norwalk, Conn., identified as his assailant is being summoned to court on a charge of assault and battery, Foster said.

Another fight, with no apparent injuries, took place at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St., at 12:50 a.m. Saturday. The main aggressor fled from the area before police got there.

Amherst Fire Department ambulances were kept busy at several incidents throughout the weekend, though only five were specifically related to alcohol consumption.

Sunday around 2 a.m., a UMass student called for assistance when he woke up with a broken leg.

Fire Chief Walter “Tim” Nelson said the man, who had been drinking earlier, had managed to get back to campus and walk up four flights of stairs to his room inside Hamlin dormitory. Nelson said the man’s leg had a clean break, but it was uncertain if he was assaulted or whether he fell.

On Friday night into Saturday morning, the fire department called for one mutual aid ambulance from Northampton because the town’s five ambulances were tied up at calls.

One of these was for a man who injured his hand when he punched a wall at Brandywine Apartments at 1:39 a.m. Saturday.

The medical calls continued through 1:41 a.m. Monday, when a man was injured while skateboarding near the Haigis Mall. The man suffered a broken arm in the fall, Nelson said.

Police dealt with a handful of parties throughout the weekend.

The biggest occurred at 11:51 p.m. Saturday at 902 East Pleasant St., where loud music was heard coming from the home and numerous people were on the lawn, including many underage people consuming alcohol.

The four residents were issued tickets for violating both the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, Foster said. This means the residents could be assessed up to $2,400.

Police spent nearly an hour clearing the scene.

Other parties occurred at 12:16 a.m. Sunday, where a large party at 188 Sunderland Road was cleared and one person was issued a $300 ticket for violating the noise bylaw, and at 1:22 a.m. Sunday at 80 South East St., where 50 to 70 people were gathered and one resident was issued a noise ticket.


Noah Kelly Pfister of Maine held after allegedly stabbing UMass student

Monday, November 18, 2013

AMHERST — A man from Camden, Maine, who allegedly stabbed a University of Massachusetts student early Saturday morning at a Pine Street home was arrested Monday afternoon. Noah Kelly Pfister, 24, was arrested at 1 p.m. at the police station on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said Detective Lt. Ronald Young. Young said Pfister, who …

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