11 Phillips Street (Sunday morning 7:00 AM)
Maybe it was the full "Supermoon", or Cinca de Mayo...or just a warm Saturday night the last weekend before graduation in the bucolic "college town" of Amherst. Obviously not all UMass students (99% maybe) were preoccupied studying for finals. Take, for instance, Phillips Street (and some authority should, and then flatten it):
According to Amherst police logs (12:38 AM, early Sunday morning):
Two house parties at #11 and #19 Phillips Street. Residents of each house were uncooperative in clearing out their parties in order to quell the noise. All arrested for violation of noise ordnance.
Yes, like almost half the abodes on Phillips Street #11 is owned by the King of Decadent Street, Stephan Gharabegian of Lexington, who purchased the 5 bedroom property in 2005 and quickly tried to convert it from a sorority to a frathouse. At the ZBA hearing he was supported by Michael Wiseman, Director of the Office of Fraternities and Sororities at UMass who made excuses for the frat boys who were attempting to relocate from 374 North Pleasant Street to 11 Phillips, less than a beer can throw away.
According to the written decision from the ZBA hearing six years ago: "Mr. Wiseman stated that UMass is aware of the community’s concerns and that UMass needs to do more to work with the town on this problem. He has met with neighbors regarding their concerns about students. He further noted that ZBT’s national office is responsive and works with its chapter presidents to keep houses in a proper manner."
Apparently the ZBA's unanimous decision six years ago to deny the conversion from sorority to frathouse, mainly because of party issues, did not send a strong enough signal to UMass about "the community's concerns." Problems with rowdy students living in off campus housing seems to be at an all time high this past year, with frats doing their fair share.
Almost simultaneous with APD response to Phillips Street early Sunday morning another two police units responded to nearby Theta Chi frat at 496 North Pleasant Street.
Theta Chi Frat, 496 North Pleasant, UMass, Amherst
According to police logs:
Loud noise and yelling from top balcony upon arrival. Made contact with three residents including the chapter president. Multiple responses over the last two weeks all with verbal warnings. Three Town Bylaw noise tickets issued.
Arrested over noise on Phillips Street:Jamie Thompson, 5 Ripple Rd, Townsend, MA, age 22
Brahmi Pugh, 546 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT, age 21
Hannah Tosi, 55 Childs Street, Hyde Park, MA, age 21
Tamir Zinger, 99 Debra Road, Newton, MA, age 21
Michael Messier, 8 Sheldon Dr, W. Brookfield, MA, age 21
Kyle Gaudet, Walker Hill Rd, Groton, CT, age 21
Brian Gentile, 30 Hemlock Dr, Pembroke, MA, age 22
Joel Kubie, 1912 E 21st Street, Brooklyn, NY, age 19
Thomas Ledoux, 200 Wilson St, New Bedford, MA, age 20
Conor O'Neil, 22 Nonantum Place, Newton, MA, age 21
Raz Davidyan, 103 Cross Lane, Beverly, MA, age 21
Eli Kessing, 4 Glocester Lane #14, West Hartford, CT, age 19
181 College Street, Amherst
Officers requested to remove guest from house at #181 College Street. While assisting lone resident officers located approximately 300+ guests in garage and basement playing loud music. One guest refused to leave area and after several warnings was placed under arrest. Two other females arrested for minors in possession of alcohol.
Lindsay Stone, 3 Oakwood Dr, Webster, MA, age 20, underage drinking
Margot Farrell, 2 Leslie Ln, Sturbridge, MA, age 20, underage drinking, Disorderly, Resist arrest
115 Belchertown Rd, Amherst
Very loud party behind listed location. While clearing crowd of approximatley 300, Jordan Banach refused to leave and began to dance about creating commotion and continued disturbance by his disorderly behavior. He was placed under arrest.
Jordan Ross Banach, 977 North Pleasant St, Amherst, MA, age 21, Disorderly conduct
Michael J. Akers, 39 South St, Rockport, MA, age 21, arrested for noise
Bradford L. Saville, 7 Shetland Rd., Rockport, MA, age 21, arrested for noise
Rory D. Burke, 115 Belchertown Rd, Amherst, MA, age 21, arrested for noise