SALEM — Numerous reports of large gatherings and house parties kept police busy on Monday night into Tuesday, but there were no arrests, and only one person was cited.
The night’s first report of a large group of people came in at 8:44 p.m. and directed police to 32 Clifton Ave., but an officer was unable to locate anybody in the area, according to the incident log.
Then, at 11 p.m., police responded to a report of a loud party on a balcony of a residence on Lafayette Street, but an officer was unable to locate that, too.
Nine minutes later, police responded to 179 Loring Ave. after a report that a group was “blocking traffic,” but again, they were unable to locate anything suspicious.
Another report of a large group of people in the street brought police to 77 Congress St. about 11:30 p.m., but nothing suspicious was found there, either.
Officers finally located a group of people after a 12:15 a.m. report of a loud house party at 73 Congress St., where they encountered about 40 people in front of the building.
“When this unit started to approach the group, they all started to walk away in smaller groups,” wrote an officer. “Once the large group was gone, 73 Congress St. was all quiet and all lights were off. There was no party inside the building.”
Police then moved multiple groups off Dow, Harbor and Salem streets, according to the log.
Next, officers encountered two small groups of people near 32 Clifton Ave., the site of the night’s first report of a large group. An officer wrote that the groups of college students had been walking down West Avenue toward Forest River Park.
“I addressed both groups and advised them that the park is closed at this time and they would be placed under arrest for trespassing should they choose to enter,” wrote the officer.
Then, about 12:50 a.m., an officer on patrol came across a large group that had gathered near 315 Lafeyette St. The group said they were “visiting friends” on the building’s second floor; an officer advised a resident of that floor to have everyone leave the apartment. Approximately 25 people “did so in an orderly fashion, with no issues,” wrote police.
Police also advised the resident to “no longer host large gatherings at this address as the neighbors will eventually call police to deal with the groups in and around the neighborhood and the noise.” He was then cited for hosting a loud party and warned against letting any nonresidents back into the apartment after officers left.
Later, police were unable to locate a loud house party with a group of people in the street near 17 Hazel St., according to a 1:08 a.m. log item. When officers then responded to 49 Lawrence St. just a few minutes later, police located a group of 15 people watching television at a male’s residence. They were advised to leave.