Bus stop N. Pleasant Street near Newman Center 11:00 PM last night
So for no apparent rhyme or reason last night was less rowdy than the previous two Saturdays -- with a lot less foot traffic than usual -- although what passes for standard is still unacceptable:
The "liquor law violations" started a little later than usual as the first arrest seemed to occur at 11:00 PM, one hour later than the previous night. Although the first call I heard for an AFD ambulance to cart a drunk female UMass student (ETOH) to the hospital came in at 10:45 PM.
APD also investigated a mysterious explosion on Rt 9 near the Hadley border called in by someone at Hawkins Meadow Apartment just after 11:00 PM. I could also hear Hadley dispatch and patrol officers mention it as well. Neither department found anything.
Over the next hour APD responded to loud parties at 18 Foxglove Lane, Sand Hill Road in North Amherst, South Whitney Street in East Amherst and they cleared a large crowd in front of 45 Phillips Street (contiguous with UMass) at the request of the tenants, who said the large crowd was not "invited."
Between midnight and 1:00 AM police responded to three more loud parties: two of them at apartment complexes and one large home based party at 15 Taylor Street which garnered the young female hostess a $300 noise ticket.
During that same one hour period AFD would respond to three separate intoxicated student incidents (ETOH) all of them requiring transport to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
At 1:10 AM on South Pleasant Street, a stone's throw from town center, APD performed a Field Sobriety Test on a college aged driver (who was hopping on one foot and listing badly when I passed by) and based on the results placed him "under" for DUI. AT 1:35 AM police responded to a fight in town center called in by an AFD vehicle returning to quarters.
Meanwhile in neighboring Hadley, at 1:40 AM, police responded to reports of a young college aged female staggering down the middle of a main road. At 1:45 AM UMass PD called in AFD to transport a young ETOH female who was vomiting.
Five minutes later, at 1:50 AM, AFD responded to Amherst Police Department headquarters at 111 Main Street to evaluate a young female who had been in a fight (and apparently did not fare all that well).
At 1:55 AM, Amherst College police requested two ambulances for two young female students, one ETOH and the other "having trouble breathing." Both were located in the same men's bathroom.
And with that I called it a night, or I should say morning. APD and AFD did not.
Lawn ornament vandalized last night at a house near UMass