$4,000 in fines issued in weekend incidents in Amherst
AMHERST — Loud parties during the second weekend in October prompted police to make arrests and issue tickets that could result in the town collecting more than $4,000 in fines for violations of the noise and nuisance house bylaws.
“It was a normal, busy weekend,” said Sgt. Brian Daly.
It was also the first of four weekends in which Amherst and University of Massachusetts police conducted joint patrols in areas near the UMass campus.
Amherst Police Chief Scott Livingstone said one UMass officer joined Amherst officers each night for foot patrols. This arrangement will continue on Friday and Saturday nights through the first weekend in November, with plans to institute more regular joint patrols in the spring, Livingstone said.
The UMass and Amherst team arrested John L. Moffitt, 19, of Andover, at 11:01 p.m. Friday at the corner of Fearing and McClure streets on charges of disorderly conduct and being a minor in possession of alcohol after he threw a beer bottle at the two officers, said Detective David Foster.
The most significant weekend party took place Sunday at 1:14 a.m. at 45 Phillips St., a home police have been directed to on previous occasions this semester, Foster said.
There, besides loud noise and uncooperative residents, police said they found several people gathered on the roof. The following four men were arrested on charges of violating both the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, Foster said:
Alex G. Bazin, 20, of East Longmeadow; Joseph H. Dingmann, 20, of Pocasett; Ian C. Reeb, 21, of Dedham; and Joshua M. Scott, 20, of Springfield.
Matthew T. Scott, 26, of Springfield, was arrested at the same time on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he tried to interfere in the arrest of his younger brother, Foster said.
Earlier in the weekend, several smaller parties also led to arrests and tickets.
Nikoli E. Sotil, 21, of East Granby, Conn., and Nicholas A. Freitas, 21, of Taunton, were arrested at 11:46 p.m. Friday on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw when police responded to their home at 120 Amity St., where more than 100 people gathered, Foster said.
At 25 Hobart Lane two men were issued $300 tickets Saturday at 12:01 a.m., for violating the town’s nuisance house after more than 100 people were cleared from the home, Foster said.
Sunday at 12:45 a.m., Elinore F. Pellman-Isaacs, 20, of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Katherine F. Miller, 20, of Marlborough, were arrested at Presidential Apartments, 950 North Pleasant St., on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Foster said. Miller was also arrested on a charge of resisting arrest after she tried to prevent police from putting her in handcuffs, Foster said.
Two fights that occurred early Sunday morning on Sunset Avenue and Hobart Lane also required police response. The Hobart Lane incident, which took place at 1:42 a.m., involved one man being pushed to the ground and punched several times. A woman who tried to intervene was also shoved and her attackers spit in her face, police said. Both declined medical attention.
The Amherst Fire Department treated or transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton 10 intoxicated people, with six of these on the UMass campus and two on the Amherst College campus.
During the weekend police also charged 20 people with liquor law violations, including being minors in possession of alcohol, possessing open containers on public ways and selling or delivering alcohol to minors, and 14 additional warnings were issued to residences where loud noise was being made.