2 loud parties in Amherst may mean $2,400 in fines

Staff Writer
Thursday, February 22, 2018

AMHERST — Fines totaling up to $2,400 could be issued to college-age people after Amherst Police broke up two loud parties, both of which had been registered with the Party Smart program at the University of Massachusetts, over Presidents Day weekend.

Early Saturday morning, police twice responded to a loud gathering with about 100 people at 623 Main St.

Detective Marcus Humber said when officers got there the first time at 12:51 a.m., the tenants told police they had registered the program and yet hadn’t received a phone call advising them to keep the noise down.

Despite the warning, officers were called back to the home at 2:47 a.m., at which time four 21-year-old men, from Andover, Ashland and Lexington, and Avon, Connecticut, were informed they would be summoned to court for violating the town’s noise bylaw, Humber said. The bylaw includes a fine of up to $300.

Police encountered both loud noise and yelling from a large crowd gathered in the home’s yard.

A second loud party was reported at 12:36 a.m. Sunday at 235 East Hadley Road. Though the tenants registered the party, they apparently provided a phone number that wasn’t accurate and there was no way for police to call them.

Three 22-year-old women and one 21-year old women are being summoned for violating the noise bylaw, Humber said.

Even though there were about 100 people attending the party making loud noise, and numerous vehicles parked on the street, the residents were reluctant to clear the home, telling officers they wouldn’t cooperate because they are entitled to a phone call in advance.

In other activity, at 1 a.m. Saturday, members of Sigma Delta Tau sorority called police after a man and woman got onto the porch and stole cushions from their patio furniture.

Police located the suspects a short time later walking on North Pleasant Street. They initially denied they had stolen the items, telling officers they had found the cushions discarded on the street. The couple later admitted they needed the cushions because acquaintances were visiting their dorm rooms. They agreed to return the cushions and will face no additional consequences, police said.

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