Amherst police break up party, issue $2,400 in fines

Staff Writer
Monday, October 10, 2022

AMHERST — A loud party featuring live bands performing in a neighborhood off Belchertown Road prompted police to issue $2,400 in tickets related to violations of the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws last Friday evening.

Officers were initially dispatched to the dead-end Edgehill Place at 9:41 p.m. for an accident in which a car hit a parked vehicle near the street’s cul-de-sac, causing minor damage and no personal injuries. That parked vehicle was one of many lining the road left by guests attending the party.

About 40 minutes later, police cleared out the large gathering, though as people departed, many of whom appeared to be underage, beer cans were discarded on the road, police said.

Four 20-year-old women were all issued two $300 tickets each for violating both Amherst’s noise and nuisance house bylaws. The women are from Grafton, Middleton, North Reading, and Laguna Beach, California.

At 12:21 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a downtown bar over complaints about an older man touching college-age women, where he was escorted out by bouncers. The man, who was intoxicated and on the ground outside when police got there, also allegedly aggressively pulled one woman by her hair. The victim told police she wasn’t yet sure about pressing charges.

Another incident occurred at 7:04 p.m. Saturday when a motorist passing a fraternity party on North Pleasant Street said her windshield was shattered by a lacrosse ball thrown by a guest.

Police spoke to the members of the fraternity, who said they had been playing basketball in the driveway.