Amherst police arrest combatants at house parties during weekend
AMHERST — Disturbances at two house parties over the weekend prompted Amherst police officers to arrest the combatants.
After first responding to the Alpha Tau Gamma fraternity at 118 Sunset Ave at 10:42 p.m. Saturday to disperse crowds gathered for a party, officers returned a second time a little over two hours later for pushing and shoving that was spilling into the street, said Detective David Foster. At 12:51 a.m. Sunday, officers found that 50 to 75 guests still remained at the fraternity, with two men at the center of the trouble, Foster said.
Mark J. Kulas, 21, of 35 Chmura Road, Hadley, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, Foster said.
Stephanos Georgiadis, 22, of 116 East St., Hadley, was arrested on charges of assault and battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, Foster said. The officer struck was not injured, Foster said.
Police responded at 1:47 a.m. Saturday to the area of another party at Presidential Apartments, 950 North Pleasant St., where two men were fighting in the road.
Despite the presence of a cruiser, the men continued to scuffle in front of police.
Adam Scott Luftig, 20, of Smithtown, N.Y., and Andrew Lewis Sanchez, 21, of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., were each arrested on charges of disorderly conduct, Foster said.
A short time later, at 1:59 a.m. Saturday on Boltwood Avenue near the Town Hall, Kyle Mark Ross, 23, of Newton, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct, Foster said.
Two additional incidents involving shoving prompted police response, but no arrests were made.
In the first, at 1:18 a.m. Saturday, officers went to the area outside the downtown bars, where a large crowd was gathered and a fight was about to start. Everyone calmed down when police got there.
And at 1:39 a.m. Sunday, people were reported fighting at 324 Northampton Road, where a loud party was also taking place. The combatants ended their fight and the nearly 100 people attending the party scattered, with many heading toward University Drive. Officers assisted them to safely cross the street.
And two other loud parties were also broken up by police during the weekend.
At 12:28 a.m. Sunday, police responded to 7 Willow Lane to clear out a party with more than 150 people, with about 50 vehicles parked on the street causing a hazard, Foster said.
The person in charge of the home, identified as Dery Jesus Aldeano, 22, of Lawrence, refused to cooperate with police in sending his guests home, Foster said. Aldeano was arrested on charges of violating the town’s noise and nuisance house bylaws, Foster said.
The street was finally cleared of vehicles at 2:05 a.m.
Police issued a $300 ticket for violating the town’s noise bylaw to a 21-year-old Princeton, N.J., man living at 157 East Hadley Road at 11:19 p.m. Friday. Officers found 150 people gathered for a party at his residence.