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Police 'Encouraged' by Decrease in Activity Over State Patty's Day Weekend

by on February 24, 2013 6:30 PM

Preliminary reports show State College Police fielded 21 percent less calls, made 39 percent less arrests and 71 percent less DUI arrests over State Patty's Day 2013 as compared to 2012. 

Numbers could increase as more charges could be filed as police continue to investigate surveillance tape from the weekend. 

Police said safety of individuals in the borough is their priority, and while there was still criminal activity downtown over the weekend, no one was reported seriously injured or worse with the increased police presence.

On Saturday, fraternities "were no problem at all," Lt. Mark Argiro said. As previously reported, police were able to better monitor house and apartment parties, focusing on the area past Beaver Avenue, west of Atherton Street and extra officers were dispatched to the 600 block of East College Avenue to break up parties in the Meridian buildings.

Incidents reported to police included a six-foot sign stolen around 3 p.m. Saturday from Discovery Space, 112 W. Foster Ave., The Graduate apartment building, 138 S. Atherton St., had its front door kicked in – police don't have a damage estimate – and one man threatened another with a knife. Charges are pending, police said. 

Craig Edwards, 20, of Mount Vernon, NY, was charged over the weekend and faces charges of possession and underage drinking, police said. Edwards was stopped by police when he was walking in the area of the 300 block of Locust Lane with an open container of beer. He threw the beer and attempted to elude police but was stopped and a subsequent search revealed the drugs he was carrying as well as more beer. 

Police said one man lost a bet at a party and was caught streaking around the 700 block of West Highland Alley shortly after 2 p.m.

By the numbers (refined numbers will be reported by State College Police in the coming days):

State College Police 

  • Total calls for service: 327 – down from 412 in 2012 and 460 in 2011
  • Total arrests/citations: 138 – down from 225 in 2012 and 234 in 2011
  • DUI arrests: 4 – down from 14 in 2012 and 14 in 2011
  • Noise violations citation: 18 – down from 24 in 2012 and 34 in 2011
  • Ordinance violations: 7 – down from 15 in 2012 and 22 in 2011

The data provided by the State College Police is from 6 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Sunday and does not include arrests made or citations distributed by other police departments, including the Penn State Police, Centre County Alcohol Task Force, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Department of Liquor Control Enforcement. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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