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Police, EMS See Busy Arts Festival Weekend

by on July 18, 2016 7:18 PM

The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts brought thousands of visitors to State College this past weekend, and an uptick in activity for State College Police.

But Lt. Keith Robb said compared to previous years, the weekend wasn't quite as difficult. Police were most often responding to ordinance violations and minor offenses such as public intoxication, public urination and noise complaints and saw few major incidents.

"Given the amount of people in town I thought it was relatively calm," Robb said. "From Arts Fests of years past this would be one of the more controlled."

State College Police received one report of a sexual assault. The victim is a Penn State student and the suspect was another student known to her, according to Robb. The case is still under investigation.

In another incident, police responded to break up a large party on the 200 block of Locust Lane at 4:44 p.m. on Saturday. While police were on the scene, an unidentified individual jumped on a police cruiser, denting the hood and breaking the windshield. Anyone with video or information on the incident is asked to contact the department at (814) 234-7150 or [email protected]

A man was arrested on multiple charges after allegedly threatening staff at the Lion's Den, 118 S. Garner St., early Saturday morning.

Darnell Shinka, 23, allegedly displayed a knife and threatened that he had a gun before fleeing the scene. Police were able to identify him through video, and he was charged with making terroristic threats, simple assault and disorderly conduct. Shinka was arraigned before District Judge Allen Sinclair and held at the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Police responded to several assaults the resulted in minor injuries, as well as a number of public intoxication incidents.

For Centre LifeLink EMS, alcohol was a factor in nearly one-third of calls between Friday night and Sunday morning. 

Centre LifeLink responded to 64 calls during that time, which according to a statement from the EMS service was similar to State Patty's Day weekend or a Penn State football weekend. On a normal weekend, LifeLink responds to an average of 16 calls per day. 

Of those 64 calls, 23 were alcohol-related, "meaning that the patient had overdosed on alcohol or had suffered some other illness or injury that was related to alcohol consumption," according tot he release.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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