Unlike last weekend, when Amherst Police handed out seventeen $300 noise tickets, this past weekend was, according to detective Dave Foster, "remarkably quiet," with only six noise warnings and three $300 nuisance house tickets issued to one location at 16 North Hadley Road...although the same three individuals were also arrested for underage possession of liquor.
Perhaps it was a recovery pause after the blow out Patriots Day long weekend that included two drunk driving arrests, the death of a 24 year old motorcyclist from a wrong way driver, and a massive party at Puffers Pond that left the recreation area looking like a garbage truck exploded.
Police were of course pro active, with every available officer on duty. They also arrested almost as many college aged youths as last week for underage drinking/open container violations, 24 this weekend ($7,200 worth of fines) vs 25 last week. And unfortunately, like last week, two drunk drivers.
On Saturday early afternoon police called a landlord to inform him a party was brewing at one of his rentals. According to police logs they then: "Returned to speak with residence and advised them that our response there was imminent and that if called we would be taking enforcement action. After being advised of options, parties decided to have an alcohol free picnic with 500 pounds of steak and lobster to eat."
Later around midnight College Street residents called APD to help assist with removal of "unwanted guests." And police were only too happy to assist, removing "Approximately 80-100 from house and yard. No problems, cleared with full cooperation of residents."
The weather was not a factor in the more civilized behavior, as the rain held off until almost midnight Saturday. And the DPW did not spike the water supply with tranquilizers. Maybe--just maybe--the civility sermon is getting through. Maybe.
AFD: calm after the Thursday night Mullins Center fiasco