State College police: Criminal activity down again on State Patty’s Day

mmorgan@centredaily.comMarch 2, 2014 

— Police activity on the Penn State student-created drinking holiday State Patty’s Day was down for the third consecutive year, State College police Lt. Bradley Smail said Sunday.

Police said late Sunday that initial numbers indicate total crime was down 47 percent and arrests decreased 61 percent. Smail said the activity was more in line with a typical football weekend than the normally damaging day of drinking.

“We didn’t have a whole lot of destructive behavior,” Smail said anecdotally, in comparison to previous years.

He said he doesn’t recall any hospitalizations from fights on Saturday.

Penn State paid 34 downtown bars between $2,500 and $7,500 to close Saturday, which Smail said was a big help. He added that the fraternities agreeing not to hold parties also aided police.

In addition, police said Saturday that arrests were down 47 percent from last year between noon Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Police did make an arrest in a violent crime Sunday.

Justin L. Blake, 20, was charged with felony counts of burglary, criminal trespass and aggravated indecent assault, and two misdemeanor counts of indecent assault after a woman said he entered her room, climbed into bed with her and touched her sexually, police said.

His bail was set at $30,000 straight, and a preliminary hearing was set for March 12. Blake, of Newburg, Md., was in town visiting friends, police said.

The Centre County Alcohol Task Force was also out during the weekend, arresting seven drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol and one for driving under the influence of marijuana.

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