Students’ return keeps police, fire busy

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 01, 2018

AMHERST — Mild temperatures and the return of local college students kept both the police and fire departments active during the last weekend in January.

Police responded to 215 calls between Friday and Sunday, while firefighter/ paramedics made 55 fire and ambulance runs, with 33 transports to local hospitals, including five intoxicated individuals.

On Friday between 11 and 11:30 p.m., police officers responded to the area of Phillips and Allen streets, where a significant number of college-age people were milling around. Two people were arrested on charges of being minors in possession of alcohol and violating the town’s open container bylaw, Detective Nicholas Chandler said.

At 12:23 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a fight on Hedgerow Lane, which ended when they got there. A loud party was broken up, with one person there summoned to court for being a minor in possession of alcohol, Chandler said.

The only other loud party that led to enforcement action was at Olympia Place, the apartment building on Olympia Drive, where a $300 ticket was issued to one tenant for violating the town’s noise bylaw at 1 a.m. Saturday.

Another party, at 4:16 p.m. Saturday on State Street, featured loud music and a bonfire, as well as a keg of Rolling Rock beer. Police shut down the party with a warning to the residents. Police responded to other loud gatherings on North Pleasant Street, with parties broken up at 12:30 a.m. and 1:20 a.m. Sunday, and another at 2:14 a.m. Sunday on Main Street.

Police also took a report from a woman at 2:58 p.m. Saturday who had attended a party on Sunset Avenue about 12 hours earlier, where a man sprayed the contents of a compressed air duster aerosol can onto her shoulder. The spray, which is used to clean keyboards, left a mark on her skin and caused irritation, but she refused medical attention. She provided police information about her alleged assailant.

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