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Dozens arrested in Amherst in weekend disturbances

Pre-Halloween festivities, including several loud parties and disturbances, prompted police to make dozens of arrests during the weekend.

The largest party occurred Oct. 26, when officers responded to 985 North Pleasant St., where 100 people were outside the house, including several loitering on the sidewalk, and an additional 50 were inside the residence, said police detective Christina Knightly.

One of the guests, who was underage and in possession of alcohol, grabbed an officer by the arm and took the officer’s flashlight and damaged it, Knightly said.

Andrew S. Deangelo, 20, of Dorchester, was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, wanton destruction of property, being a minor in possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw, Knightly said.

The following five people were arrested at the same time and place on charges of violating both the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, Knightly said:

Cathryn A. Carmichael, 21, of Attleboro Falls; Daniel H. Fenichel, 21, of 985 North Pleasant St.; April D. Huff-King, 21, of Arlington; Craig J. Surdam, 23, of Peabody; and Jonathan Weingart, 22, of Northborough.

Police also arrested William M. Hickey, 22, of Arlington, and Scott B. Lunder, 22, of Swampscott, on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Knightly said.

Another large party took place Oct. 27 at 11:49 p.m. at 33 Phillips St., when the following five people were arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, violating the town’s noise bylaw and keeping a noisy and disorderly house, Knightly said.

Alex F. Adair, 20, of Shrewsbury; James G. Haidak, 21, of Potomac, Md.; Samuel M. Jordan, 20, of Amesbury; Paul Markham, 21, of Shrewsbury, and Ethan D. Oppenheim, 21, of Hauppauge, N.Y.

Oct. 27 at 12:10 a.m., officers went to Salem Place, unit 5, for a loud party and the following four people were arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Knightly said:

Kelly E. Marsh, 20, of Medway; Devyn L. O’Brien, 20, of Melrose; Chelsey E. Powell, 20, of Melrose, and Ashley A. Zimmerman, 20, of Attleboro.

Police also issued a noise ticket to a 21-year-old Westford man following a loud party at his Alpine Commons home Oct. 27 at 11:54 p.m.

Oct. 28 at 12:38 a.m., police responded to a loud party at 55 South Prospect St., arresting Matthew J. Jay, 20, of 55 South Prospect St., and John T. Rivers, 21, of Braintree, on charges of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Knightly said.

Fifteen minutes later, Evgeniya Bugaeva, 26, of Raleigh, N.C., was arrested at 5 Winston Court on a charge of violating the town’s noise bylaw, Knightly said, and five minutes after that police made four more arrests on violations of the town’s noise bylaw at 219 East Pleasant St., taking into custody Erik Doty, 21, of Hollis, N.H.; David Hock, 21, of 219 East Pleasant St.; Nicholas W. Powers, 21, of Milford; and Cameron R. Smith, 21, of Upton.

At 1:43 a.m. at 591 West St., loud music led to three more arrests for violating the noise bylaw: Scott J. Eron, 24, of Syracuse, N.Y.; Stephen McCarron, 25, of Highland Mills, N.Y.; and Lawrence A. Renna, 22, of Great Meadows, N.J., Knightly said.

Finally, Oct. 28 at 10:44 p.m., Samuel C. Asci, 21, of Mattapoisett, was arrested on a charge of violating the noise bylaw after police responded to his 55 South Prospect St. home following a complaint about loud music, Knightly said.

Besides the parties, police were kept busy breaking up fights.

Sunday at 12:24 a.m. on the street outside downtown bars, Abdirashid M. Farah, 24, of 120 Tracy Circle, and Sergey Pisarevskiy, 23, of Dedham, were both arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, Knightly said.

At 12:51 a.m., two men fighting in the roadway on North Pleasant Street were arrested. Kavon P. Jackson, 19, of 150 Russell St., Hadley, and Luis M. Mercer-Torres, 18, of 33 Kellogg Ave., unit 48, were both charged with disorderly conduct, Knightly said.

Oct. 27 at 1:14 a.m., a man was allegedly assaulted outside a downtown bar and at 1:34 a.m., police responded to a large fight on Meadow Street, followed at 2:33 a.m. by a report from a man who said he was hit in the head by a man dressed as Waldo.

Two more people were arrested after causing disturbances.

Oct. 27 at 12:32 a.m. in the lot Five Star Transportation uses to keep its buses at 246 College St., Nicholas A. Esposito, 19, of Holden, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering a motor vehicle to commit a misdemeanor and being a minor in possession of alcohol. Esposito was located after he had entered one of the buses inside the secure fence and began honking the horn.

David Findlay, 19, of Athol, was arrested Oct. 28 at 5:39 a.m. on State Street on charges of disturbing the peace after banging on the door to get inside a home, though he didn’t know the residents, Knightly said.

An additional 31 people were either arrested or summoned to court for being minors in possession of alcohol or violating the town’s open container bylaw.

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