Four people were arrested in connection with “house parties” in Willimantic held ahead of spring weekend at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Police charged 21-year-old Nicholas Capone, 23-year-old Devon Callahan, 22-year-old Christopher Richard and 22-year-old Joshua Hill, all of Willimantic with breach of peace.
Several others were issued infractions for creating public disturbance and possession of marijuana.
The arrests and infractions come on the heels of the Willimantic Police Department preparation for the annual ECSU spring weekend, which is happening this weekend.
“Willimantic Police want students to enjoy the upcoming Spring Weekend, but we want them to do it safely and responsibility,” Willimantic Police Lt. Alex Coriaty said in a statement on Sunday morning.
The city of Willimantic has received a number of “house party” complaints. Police said these “house parties” have “grow out of control” and those arrests were made at parties on Mansfield Avenue and Walnut Street as well as two separate complaints on Bolivia Street.
Police said historically the annual ECSU spring weekend was “respectful and for the most part go without major incident.” However, the increased complaints led to the weekend arrests.
Police said the number of “house parties” has been “dwindling” due to “direct correlation to city police and ECSU personnel meeting with off-campus students during their first week back at school each fall semester.”
Capone, Callahan, Richard and Hill were released on a promise to appear at Danielson Superior Court on May 3.
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