This past holiday weekend was noisy in more ways than just the expected municipal fireworks displays. Amherst police made 8 arrests, a high number more befitting of early Fall or late Spring when our institutes of higher education are in session.
Of course half those arrests came from a usual suspect Party House at 164 Sunset Avenue, with all four of those arrested being UMass students.
After sternly warning the residents early in the afternoon of July 4th, police had to make a follow up visit just after midnight where they arrested the three leaseholders -- Maxwell Kinney, Jonathan Piedra, Jeffrey Resten ... all UMass juniors, as well as another student for underage drinking.
Click to enlarge/readThe house next door at 156 Sunset Avenue was also issued a warning late in the afternoon of 4th for a loud drinking party game.
Maxwell Kinney, age 20
In Eastern Hampshire District Court yesterday all three residents of 164 Sunset Ave took the Commonwealth's typical offer in such matters: Cases are transferred from criminal to civil with a finding of "responsible" on count one and payment of $300, and count two they are deemed "not responsible."
Jonathan Piedra, age 21
Judge Shea asked each student as they individually came before him what they were majoring in at UMass. When Mr Piedra stated "Economics" the Judge responded, "That's what I studied."
He went on to add, "The world needs good economists, so I hope I will not be seeing you again in my Court." Considering there were a few sets of parents seated in the Court, the Judge is probably right.
Jeffrey Resten, age 20
With the histrionic history of that 164 Sunset Ave location, however, it's a safe bet he will be seeing future tenants at some point.
Police also responded to 382 North Pleasant Street during the afternoon of the 4th to quell a large gathering. With that particular location now before the Zoning Board discussing their Special Permit the owner may want to rein in such activity over the rest of the summer.
382 North Pleasant noon Saturday, July 4
382 North Pleasant Sunday morning