More than 70 arrests made during Blarney Blowout in Amherst - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

More than 70 arrests made during Blarney Blowout in Amherst

SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

First responders in town were busy on Saturday, dealing with thousands of college students taking part in this year's Blarney Blowout.

Local bars started the event to allow college students to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early, as they will be away from campus during the actual holiday.

Capt. Jennifer Gundersen of the Amherst Police Department told CBS 3 that it was a very concerning day for authorities.

While Amherst police were not available for comment Sunday morning, the Associated Press reported that a total of 73 arrests were made on Saturday.

Those arrested are mostly facing charges ranging from failure to disperse, to resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

Four police officers were injured as they worked to disperse a crowd of approximately 4,000 students from the Townhouse apartment complex, which is just north of the UMass campus.

Gundersen said the four officers were treated at the scene and were able to continue working.

To help with the crowd control, Amherst police were joined by UMass police and state police.

While things have quieted down, Gundersen said all officers on duty will continue to work through the night.

UMass put out a statement Saturday evening regarding the Blowout, stating:

"The University of Massachusetts Amherst today denounced the unruly behavior of participants in the unsanctioned "Blarney Blowout."

Ed Blaguszewski, campus spokesman, said students arrested by Amherst Police or UMass Police will have the details of their behavior reviewed by the Dean of Students under the Student Code of Conduct. Sanctions can include suspension or expulsion from the university.

UMass Police worked throughout the day with Amherst Police to manage crowds that gathered, which occurred for the most part off campus. UMass Police reported three arrests, none of them UMass students. Other arrests were made by Amherst Police.

In the days leading up to the gathering, the university reached out to students, landlords, parents, faculty and staff in a campaign to communicate the importance of students acting safely and respecting the property of others.

In addition, the university sent letters to students who had been disciplined for alcohol-related misconduct in the past year and to students who live in off-campus housing cited for noise or nuisance complaints reminding them of the possible consequences of bad behavior."

Copyright 2014 WSHM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Hall of Fame billiards player Mike Massey using pool to spread the word of God

    Hall of Fame billiards player Mike Massey using pool to spread the word of God

    Wednesday, July 26 2017 12:14 AM EDT2017-07-26 04:14:13 GMT

    Mike Massey says he's been on a mission since he had a spiritual experience.  He's using pool and the bible to spread the word through his Gospel Trick Shot Ministry.  

    More >>

    Mike Massey says he's been on a mission since he had a spiritual experience.  He's using pool and the bible to spread the word through his Gospel Trick Shot Ministry.  

    More >>
  • Biloxi Shuckers held off the Blue Wahoos 5-4 in Pensacola Tuesday night

    Biloxi Shuckers held off the Blue Wahoos 5-4 in Pensacola Tuesday night

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:39:53 GMT

    The Biloxi Shuckers were coasting under the win column until Pensacola exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap.  Luckily, Biloxi would close the door on the Blue Wahoos rally.

    More >>

    The Biloxi Shuckers were coasting under the win column until Pensacola exploded for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to close the gap.  Luckily, Biloxi would close the door on the Blue Wahoos rally.

    More >>
  • Bus drivers preparing for school year

    Bus drivers preparing for school year

    Tuesday, July 25 2017 10:38 PM EDT2017-07-26 02:38:14 GMT
    234 Harrison County School District buses hit the roads every day. (Photo source: WLOX News)234 Harrison County School District buses hit the roads every day. (Photo source: WLOX News)

    In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses.  Leading up to the first day of school Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority. 

    More >>

    In less than two weeks most schools across the Coast will be back in session and the roads will be filled with school buses.  Leading up to the first day of school Harrison County offers training for new bus drivers with the focus on a top priority. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly