Police shut down Amherst party, four tenants to be summoned
AMHERST — A large party featuring a live band at a North Amherst home was shut down by police last weekend, less than three hours after the residents were warned not to let it get out of control.
Officers first responded to the 64 Summer St. home at 1:19 p.m. April 5, said Detective Janet Lopez, when just 20 people were at the residence and members of the band were rehearsing.
At 4:13 p.m., police began receiving complaints about loud yelling and music coming from the home, with DJ equipment set up on a balcony and a crowd estimated at 400 people gathered in an open area below to listen to the band, Lopez said.
When police returned, about 50 vehicles were parked along the street, blocking the road for passing vehicles.
As police removed the crowd, beer bottles and cans were thrown onto neighboring properties, and a Dumpster was tipped over to prevent vehicle access to the common driveway.
While the residents were not immediately found, a police investigation determined the tenants who have signed the lease. The four college-age men were identified and will be summoned to court on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, Lopez said.
Each charge carries a $300 fine, which means the loud party could cost the residents as much as $2,400.
No other loud parties led to criminal charges during the first weekend in April, but police twice took reports of college-age people causing disturbances while wearing togas. At 11:18 p.m. April 4, a woman on Allen Street reported that her friend was shoved by men wearing togas, although police were unable to find anyone in the costumes.
At 12:33 a.m. April 6, police shut down a toga party at Mill Valley Estates, 500 Riverglade Drive.
In a separate incident, Pelham Road residents contacted police at 1:33 a.m. April 6 when a college-age man was found inside the screened-in back porch.
Calvin James Cook, 22, of Beverly, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, Lopez said.