Busy Saturday night for Amherst police

  • UMass Amherst students wait in line for the Mullins Live! concert March 3, 2018, which serves as an alternative to Blarney Blowout. While the concert and the day’s festivities were mostly peaceful, the night which followed took a more boisterous turn. Gazette Staff/Sarah Crosby

Staff Writer
Thursday, March 08, 2018

AMHERST — A ramped-up police presence throughout town during the daytime on Saturday helped to keep pre-St. Patrick’s Day partying under control in Amherst.

But police were kept busy during the evening when they had to respond to a series of disturbances at the downtown bars after they opened for business.

At 7:54 p.m., police officers were called to a fight outside an establishment where a man was allegedly knocked to the pavement by a man wearing a Boston Celtics jersey.

His assailant fled and was not located, said Detective Yvonne Feliciano.

An Amherst Fire Department ambulance transported the man to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, according to call logs supplied by the department.

Less than an hour later, at 8:38 p.m., police responded to another bar where several men were causing problems by ordering drinks and then handing these beverages to people on the sidewalk. Management at the bar warned the men about their actions, including violations of the town’s open container bylaw, and all but one fled when police got there.

When he refused to leave, A 21-year-old man from Port Chester, New York, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, Feliciano said. Another fight was reported at 8:53 p.m., where a patron at a bar used a racial epithet. The fight ended before police got there.

At 10:53 p.m., police found a large fight in front of a bar, with two men refusing to calm down. Two Scituate men, ages 22 and 21, were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, Feliciano said.

An employee at a bar was punched in the face, but declined medical attention during an incident at 11:23 p.m.

At 12:13 a.m. Sunday, a heavily intoxicated man who refused to leave a downtown bar took a swing at a bouncer and then bit the bouncer.

A 21-year-old Bristol, Connecticut, man was arrested on charges of assault and battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Feliciano said.

Mostly peaceful

Only one arrest was made by Amherst Police during the daytime on Saturday, with parties beginning at the crack of dawn. That arrest was made at 2:02 p.m. in the vicinity of the East Street School, 31 South East St. A 19-year-old Holliston man was arrested on two counts of assault and battery on police officers and a charge of disorderly conduct, Feliciano said.

There were numerous calls that police responded to, including issuing warnings for loud parties, between 10:10 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 69 Meadow St. 73 Main St., 15 Sunset Court, 111 Meadow St., 221 Northampton Road, 27 South Whitney St. and 675 Main St.

Police also had to warn people to get off roofs, including at 10:19 a.m. at Pi Kappa Alpha, 374 North Pleasant St., and at 12:31 p.m. at 10 Tyler Place.

There were also numerous incidents in which residents reported people trespassing onto their properties to urinate. These occurred 12:20 p.m., where people urinated against a North Prospect Street house, at 12:25 p.m., where people were urinating against a fence, also on North Prospect, at 12:31 p.m., where people urinated on a building on South Prospect Street, and at 1:26 p.m. and 3:53 p.m., where people urinated in yards on South Prospect and Pelham Road.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com