Sigma Phi Epsilon 57 Olympia Drive
While maybe not up there with Moses parting the Red Sea, the deluge that suddenly fell from the skies Saturday night around 11:00 PM -- peak time for parties to start humming -- put a refreshing damper on large out-of-control affairs like the ones broken up late Friday night on both sides of the UMass campus.
Around 11:40 PM Friday, APD responded to a huge party at Sigma Phi Epsilon that the President and Vice President described as "a social," arresting those two officers of the frat and writing up 14 more "college aged youth" for both noise and nuisance house violations ($600 each times 14 or $8,400).
Plus another two party goers were ticketed for open container violations (at $300 each).
One responding officer said the noise could be heard all the way up to East Pleasant Street, about a quarter mile away from the frat that's located at the very end of a dead end road.
It took seven officers twenty minutes to disperse the crowd, estimated at just over 1,000; and perhaps more tickets would have been issued except APD responded to a call from Hadley police for help quelling a large boisterous party on North Maple Street, dispatching two units to assist.
Arrested for Noise/nuisance:
Dustin Crawford, 57 Olympia Drive, Amherst, MA, age 22 (UMass student and Frat President)
Alessandro Raffa, 18 Payson Rd, Belmont, MA, age 20 (UMass student and Frat VP)