Amherst police busy with party patrol on New Year’s Eve


Staff Writer
Monday, January 11, 2021

AMHERST — Usually Amherst is a quiet town on New Year’s Eve, with formal celebrations elsewhere and local college students back in their home communities for the holidays and winter break.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic altering many people’s plans, police responded to several parties into the early morning hours of Jan. 1, issuing six $300 tickets for violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, and dealing with one gathering that filled Hobart Lane with both people and smoke from fireworks.

Shortly before 1 a.m., officers already on patrol at Puffton Village, 1040 North Pleasant St., went to the nearby Hobart Lane after observing fireworks being set off for several minutes. When they got there, the officers, according to dispatch logs provided by the department, found those gathered were “unmasked, loud, yelling, rowdy, broke bottles in the street/lots, streamed into the roadways and generally conducted an unreasonable level of noise, annoyance and disturbance.”

A resident at the home who police said was responsible for organizing the party, a 20-year-old Westford man, was identified and issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s nuisance house bylaw, police said. Additional tenants could also be given fines if identified.

Before the Hobart Lane incident, at 12:10 a.m. at Puffton Village, police issued $300 tickets for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a 21-year-old Springfield man and a 21-year-old Agawam man holding a party with no evident protocols in place to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Another Puffton Village resident was issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw following an incident with loud music and voices at the complex at 1:22 a.m.

At 12:41 a.m., two $300 tickets were issued to a 22-year-old Somerset woman and a 21-year-old Danvers woman responsible for organizing a loud party on College Street. They and their guests also set off fireworks while playing loud music.

Finally, police are summoning a 19-year-old Duxbury woman to court on a charge of assault and battery after she allegedly got into an argument with another person at a North Amherst home over watching a movie or seeing the ball drop at Times Square.