Thursday, May 2, 2013
No classes and the first really hot day of the year means crowds of college aged youths at Puffer's Pond in North Amherst. A noontime throng of 100 had grown many times over by 2:00 PM and by 4:00 PM, with assist from UMPD, Amherst police had cleared the beach.
After all, town officials did not want to see a repeat of last year.
APD Chief Livingstone was directing Operation Break Up and when I asked him an hour later if the beach was closed he replied, "Not closed to everyone, just people with alcohol."
Around 6:00 PM one of the officers stationed at the pond arrested a college aged perp who had been skinny dipping and consuming alcohol. He was charged with "indecent exposure" and "open container" violations.