Man celebrating birthday arrested for assault in Amherst

Craig Edward Wargo, 20, of Milford, Conn., was arrested at 2:42 a.m. at 382 North Pleasant St. on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, said Police Sgt. Jesus Arocho.

Wargo apparently got upset when another college-age man began dancing with two women in the apartment’s kitchen, Arocho said. The victim was taken by Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for treatment, Arocho said. Information on the extent of the man’s injuries weren’t available.

Wargo’s birthday party also included a report of another man urinating into the refrigerator.

Arocho said the weekend featured few other incidents, with 191 calls for service, in part because many University of Massachusetts students left Amherst for the three-day Presidents Day weekend.

Two complaints led police to issue citations for violations of the town’s noise bylaw. At 1:53 a.m. Saturday, police issued a $300 ticket to a 21-year-old Amherst man responsible for a loud party at 116 Montague Road. At 2:12 a.m. Saturday, a 21-year-old Dartmouth woman was given a $300 ticket for loud music playing at Townehouse Apartments, 50 Meadow St.

Five additional verbal warnings were issued to Amherst residents holding loud parties or playing loud music.

Police also dealt with two alcohol-related thefts. One came Saturday at 8:30 p.m., when a customer is alleged to have stolen two cans of beer from Spirit Haus, 338 College St.

The next incident was reported Sunday at 6:39 p.m., when a patron went behind the counter at Old Towne Tavern, 1 Pray St., and stole a bottle of liquor. The customer was identified and the bottle was seized at 7:50 p.m. and returned to the bar. Arocho said the customer may face charges related to the theft.

At least one person needed medical attention due to alcohol consumption. A heavily intoxicated 21-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to Cooley Dickinson from a Stanley Street location at 1:50 a.m. Saturday.

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