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Few alcohol-related problems in Amherst during UMass Homecoming Weekend



Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015
AMHERST — Police dealt with few problems related to alcohol-related behavior during Homecoming Weekend at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

While there were 254 calls for service, the lone party that created major problems was at 27 Greenwich Road, where police responded at 12:03 a.m. Saturday and found more than 100 guests, sad Detective Michael Forcum.

A 20-year-old Needham man living at the home was issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw, Forcum said.

Officers also cleared out loud parties with 40 people at a Pelham Road home at 12:15 am. Saturday and sent 50 people on their way from a Sunderland Road home at 12:41 a.m. Saturday.

One noise complaint, at 12:41 p.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue, ended when the residents agreed to leave and told police they were heading to the tailgating area at the UMass football game at McGuirk Stadium.

Forcum said additional officers were on duty during the weekend, including some focused on traffic enforcement Saturday night.

Police also handled several disturbances involving drunken individuals during the weekend.

At 5:22 p.m. Friday, police removed a heavily intoxicated man causing a scene on a PVTA bus on North Pleasant Street near Puffton Village.

At 12:45 a.m. Saturday, officers broke up a fight between two men in front of St. Brigid’s Church, 132 North Pleasant St.

Police responded to the area near Antonio’s Pizza, 31 North Pleasant St., for unruly customers at 10:32 p.m. Saturday, but they fled before officers got there.

Meantime, management at The Hangar, 10 University Drive, reported an intoxicated man harassing staff at 10:53 p.m. Saturday. He was removed and a taxi service was contacted to transport him home.

A pizza delivery driver on College Street called police at 12:08 a.m. Sunday to report a man got into his vehicle once, exited, and then tried to get in a second time. The man, who had been consuming alcohol, was turned over to his sober roommate.

At 1:38 a.m. Sunday, officers were summoned to Fearing Street where a man was swinging a baseball bat at a window and hit a person’s hand before damaging the window screen. The person hit by the bat did not require medical attention. And at the same place at 2:15 a.m., officers assisted people trying to restrain an out-of-control man.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.