Police respond to rowdy parties on UMass’ final weekend

Staff Writer
Monday, May 16, 2022

AMHERST — As the spring semester winds down at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst police issued more than $3,000 in fines over the weekend to college-age people violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws.

During the final Saturday and Sunday before the UMass undergraduate commencement Friday, police officers responded to two incidents that that resulted in them issuing fines to the tenants.

One came at 6:14 a.m. Sunday at a North Pleasant Street home, where people were making loud noise and throwing chairs, couches and trash, with police finding debris inside and outside the residence.

Two 20-year-old Medfield residents, a 20-year-old Sudbury resident and a 19-year-old Sandy Hook, Connecticut, resident, all determined to be living at the home, were issued tickets for violating both the noise and nuisance house bylaws, police said. Each ticket carries a $300 penalty.

On Saturday at 3:07 p.m. on Sunset Avenue, police issued both noise and nuisance house tickets to a 22-year-old Bridgewater resident, while a noise bylaw ticket was also given to a 21-year-old Jamaica Plain resident.

That action came in response to loud music and voices coming from the home, and police finding bottles, cups and other trash scattered on the property, a fire in the backyard, and reports from neighbors that guests had come into their yards to urinate.

Police issued a handful of other warnings during the weekend, including Saturday at 6:18 p.m. to a North Pleasant Street fraternity that had an AC/DC cover band playing at the home. The fraternity members agreed to shut down the event.

On Sunday at 1:06 a.m., police responded to a Tamarack Drive home where numerous cars were lining the street to attend a graduation party. The residents agreed to send people home.

At 2:53 a.m. Sunday, police also cleared out a loud party from a home on Amity Street.