ROCKPORT — A Rockport student was among those arrested in a post-World Series melee that broke out late Wednesday at the University of New Hampshire — one of a few incidents of trouble that came in the afterglow of the Red Sox Game 6 victory.
Police in Durham, N.H., home to UNH, said yesterday that 20-year-old Michael J. McGillicuddy was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.
Durham police Deputy Chief Rene Kelley said that McGillicuddy was arrested for “failing to disperse” and was one of five people charged after a celebration around Main Street in Durham turned violent. McGillicuddy was later released on personal recognizance, Kelley said.
According to a prepared statement from Erika Mantz, the director of media relations at UNH, a crowd of 1,000 quickly rose to an estimated 3,000 when the Sox nailed down their World Series crown.
“... After 20 minutes of celebrating that included cheering, fireworks and spraying liquids, police verbally requested multiple times that the crowd disperse in order for the street to reopen,” the UNH statement reads.
From there, some in the gathering began to throw bottles and cans at police, who responded with the use of pepper spray and pepper balls to move the crowd.
“Students were warned prior to the game that any student arrested during a time where there was a crowd gathered would be suspended on an interim basis and be subject to the court and UNH conduct systems,” UNH officials said.
They said that McGillicuddy and others will have their day in court in December. Officers from Laconia and Dover police departments assisted UNH and Durham police, along with the Strafford County Sheriff’s Office, N.H., state police and the state Liquor Commission.
The post-game security around Boston’s Fenway Park, meanwhile, included a Gloucester presence. The Gloucester Police Department’s K9 unit of patrolman Chris Genovese and Mako, a German shepherd, was part of the security force requested by Boston Police, Gloucester police Chief Leonard Campanello said in an electronic message yesterday.
“Boston called. Gloucester answered,” Campanello tweeted after the Red Sox win.
Genovese and Mako were deployed with the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council, a regional response organization composed of officers across the state.
There were reports of some violence and the overturning of at least one car on Boston’s Boylston Street, a few blocks from Fenway. And at the University of Massachusetts’ flagship campus in Amherst, 15 people were arrested in another post-Series ruckus, 14 of them students.
UMass officials said in a prepared statement that police responded to a disturbance after thousands of students gathered in the southwest residential area of the campus after the game ended.
Fourteen of those arrested there were charged with failing to disperse, while one was charged with disorderly conduct. Two of the people arrested are also facing charges of assault and battery of a police officer, according to a statement released by University of Massachusetts officials. Police in Amherst also utilized pepper spray and pepper bombs in trying to scatter the crowd.
The university said it provided food to nearly 3,000 students watching the game and that the atmosphere was calm until Boston’s 6-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. There were no reports of any injuries, but the Daily Hampshire Gazette of nearby Northampton reported that students were climbing trees and tossing toilet paper and water bottles.
At Keene (N.H.) State College, police used pepper spray on about 1,000 students who gathered to celebrate and flipped over a car, according to The Keene Sentinel.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.