UMPD hands out ticket this morning on Fearing Street (town property)
The Baby Berk, a large UMass food truck, was not doing a whole lot of business around 11:30 PM, parked alongside Mass Ave in a parking lot near Lincoln Avenue. The food truck was supposed to draw students away from migrating down Fearing Streets and Lincoln Avenue by giving kids an incentive to walk through campus.
A large group of perhaps a dozen volunteers were stationed at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Fearing Street attempting to redirect students away from the residential neighborhoods, but they were gone by midnight (although advertised to be out until 2:00 AM).
APD has been busy all night doing "liquor violations" and they have made many arrests. The Personal Transport Vehicle was activated at 11:00 PM to efficiently cart the perps to APD headquarters.
UPDATE 10:15 PM
UPDATE: 9:00 PM
I can almost guarantee there will be no problems on Phillips Street this evening as the APD/UMPD joint patrol includes UMPD's mounted patrol unit. Unlike last September.
UPDATE: 9:00 PM
Fire at Mill Valley Estates 7:30 PM
A "box alarm" at Mill Valley Estates apartments in South Amherst around 7:30 PM brought a massive and swift response from both APD and AFD. The stove fire was quickly put down by an officer first on the scene with a portable extinguisher carried in the trunk of his cruiser.
UPDATE 3:15 PM
Hadley police just chased a motorcycle into Amherst on Rt 9 at speeds over 100 mph, sometimes on the wrong side of the road.
The errant bike took a right in town center and headed south on Rt 116.
And no, he did not slow down two miles down the road for Crocker Farm Elementary school, which was just getting ready to let out for the day. Grrrr.
The perp abandoned his bike, and APD now has it tagged as evidence.
Original Post 1:00 PM
Thus, if after knocking on doors and politely informing residents to be on civilized behavior over the weekend and then later having to respond to said location for bad behavior, let's just say a stern response is more easily justified.
Amherst PD and UMPD joint patrols start in earnest this weekend, AFD will have two extra ambulances staffed and ready to go -- paid for by UMass -- and State Police are but a phone call away. Yes, the little college town of Amherst is ready. For anything.
Stan Rosenberg reports on his Facebook page (and Twitter) that he met this morning with Amherst and UMass officials to discuss student off campus bad behavior.
Let's hope he champions the idea of an off campus RA bouncer to nip problems in the bud, as done at Boston College.