51 Phillips Street (Sunday morning) note stolen sign
Just some of things I'm working on for tomorrow's start of the news cycle. Cruising about late Friday and Saturday nights listening to the scanner confirms a bevy of "Party Houses of the Weekend" will rear their ugly chimneys at tomorrow morning's APD press briefing that condenses a weekend of controlling chaotic activity into tidy public log entries.
Poetic irony of course is 51 Phillips Street will make the list. Yes, the address I posted a photo of last week because of beer debris on the roof and Cowardly Anon Nitwits have been complaining about in comments ever since, because the house was not actually cited for anything ... (except existing on a street the Amherst Redevelopment Authority consultant deemed "decadent.")
Sure enough APD was called there, 51 Phillips Street, for a noise complaint around 9:00 PM last night (so early I was not even in my car) and residents were cited for Noise and/or Nuisance violations. Tomorrow at the APD press briefing I will get the details as to whether folks were arrested or simply cited civilly, but if I had to guess, probably arrested.
A DUI arrest showed up fairly early last night: a motorcyclist was pulled over on the access road from Mill Valley Estates leading into East Hadley Road early last night, about a quarter mile from my house.
Officers arrested the driver, a young black male, and Ernie's towing carted off the motorcycle. You drink and drive they tow your vehicle (and put you in jail).
Friday night one ranking member of APD was on taxi patrol, pulling them over left and right for sudden inspections. Sounds like a few did not pass and received citations or had to be towed. The Amherst Select Board has on their agenda Monday night a discussion about taxi regulations, so chances are they will hear a full report on what happened Friday night.
167 College Street, late Friday night
Around midnight Friday police descended on 167 College Street for a large party. You may remember this address from last year where a major brawl occurred that resulted in stabbings.
Interestingly Amherst College issued a public statement saying none of the students involved were from Amherst College (the property borders the campus and Amherst College police had to help back up APD in dealing with the melee).
Which leads me to me to just one more, exceedingly sad and no less shocking, thing. According to reliable sources, UMass/Amherst will issue a public statement at UMPD HQ tomorrow @ 1:00 PM concerning the arrest of four individuals for the most heinous crime to occur on campus in my exceedingly l-o-n-g memory: gang rape.