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Festival Police Activity Called 'Pretty Similar to Past Years'

on July 18, 2011 5:15 AM

The volume of State College police calls logged during the 2011 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts is roughly on par with those seen during last year's festival, a preliminary tally shows.

Borough police handled 326 calls for service and issued 83 citations from Thursday evening through early Sunday morning, according to an informal count released Sunday afternoon.

The preliminary numbers reflect seven more calls but 31 fewer citations than the volumes that borough officers handled during the 2010 festival. Those figures do not include the calls handled by Penn State, Patton Township, Ferguson Township and state police units, all of which contributed patrols during the five-day festival.

The festival ended Sunday evening. Statistics from Wednesday were not included in the preliminary police-call reports; Wednesday is the festival's Children and Youth Day.

"It was pretty similar to past years" in terms of police activity, borough police Sgt. Barrett Smith said of the festival.

He said the preliminary reports showed no clear evidence of any severe reported assaults. Many of the calls were related to excessive drinking, with open-container and minors-law violations topping the list.

An initial breakdown of reported incidents, provided by borough police, includes these specifics:

  • Open-container violations: 39 incidents, down from 28 last year.
  • Minors law: 32, down from 46.
  • Public drunkenness: 15, down from 20.
  • Criminal mischief: 5, up from 2.
  • Trespass: 3, unchanged from 3.
  • Scattering rubbish: 4, down from 7.
  • Harassment: 3, up from 1.
  • False ID: 1, down from 4.
  • Public urination: 14, down from 19.
  • Fights: 4, down from 8.
  • Loud music or other noise: 11, up from 9.
  • DUIs: 9, up from 6.
  • Alcohol-related calls requiring medical assistance: 14, down from 21.
  • Warnings for parties and loud noise: 19, down from 21.

Among the individual reported incidents, a 57-year-old main was found passed out -- and drunk -- behind Indigo, 112 W. College Ave., at 2:24 a.m. Sunday, police said. He received medical treatment.

Other reported incidents of note include these:

  • An assault was reported shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday on the 100 block of South Garner Street, but details of that report weren't immediately available Sunday afternoon.
  • An 18-year-old driving on the 1100 block of East College Avenue threw an open can of Natural Light beer from the vehicle, police said. That happened about 4:40 p.m. Saturday, according to an initial report. Police said the driver will be cited for scattering rubbish, but was not driving under the influence.
  • Police are investigating a possible sexual assault reported Saturday in the borough. No details were available publicly Sunday.
  • Several thefts were reported at artists' tents along the festival Sidewalk Sale route. In one incident, on the 200 block of South Fraser Street, a man swiped a $165 metal statue but was chased to a house on Burrowes Street, police said. The statue was recovered, and the man will be charged, according to a police report. In another reported theft, a mixed-media item worth $1,200 was taken overnight between Friday and Saturday from a booth on the 300 block of South Allen Street. That item, showing cupped hands holding a dozen eggs, had not been recovered as of Sunday afternoon.

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