Police: State Patty’s Day crime lower than in previous years

Preliminary numbers show that State Patty’s Day 2013 was less destructive than previous years, but Lt. Mark Argiro said there is still a long way to go.

State College police fielded 327 calls for service and made 138 arrests in this year’s installment of the student-created drinking holiday from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday. Those numbers are down from 412 calls and 225 arrests in 2012 and 460 calls and 234 arrests in 2011.

Argiro said the weekend was much busier than a typical football weekend even with more officers and less criminal activity, but the closed bars downtown may have had an impact on keeping it more manageable.

The total scope of the weekend is likely worse than the preliminary numbers indicate, Argiro said because there may be more arrests made based on video camera footage from apartment buildings.

The number of alcohol-related hospital visits was also down, Mount Nittany Medical Center spokeswoman Nichole Monica said. A total of 43 people were treated for alcohol-related issues, which is down from 54 last year, but Monica said the staff was just about as busy. Last year the hospital was more than three times as busy compared to a normal weekend.

Individual police citations included a stolen sign at Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania, a kicked-in glass door at The Graduate apartment building and multiple weapon-related incidents.

A 20-year-old man faced three misdemeanor possesion of marijuana charges and underage drinking after being found with an open beer on the 300 block of Locust Lane at 3:01 p.m. Saturday, police said. A subsequent search revealed multiple other beers and marijuana.

A 16-year-old boy will be charged after police found he was carrying two knives near the Uni-Mart on South Atherton Street at 11:40 p.m. Saturday. He will face underage drinking charges.

Another man threatened a security guard with a knife on Bellaire Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said. Terroristic threats charges are pending after he pointed the knife at the man and held it fairly close to his face, police said.

A man was also caught streaking on the 700 block of Highland Alley at 2:19 p.m. Saturday. Police said the man had lost a bet at a party and will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Police also fielded a report of a rape Saturday. They were unable to provide any information other than that it was reported by workers at Mount Nittany Medical Center, and it was believed to have occurred Friday night.

Argiro said most of the major activity occurred during the daytime hours with the night being more tame than usual. He attributes it in part to the weather and the significant drop in temperature after the sun went down.

He also said the number of outside visitors arrested seemed lower than in previous years, but students of other colleges around the state and in neighboring states like New York and Maryland were cited.

DUI arrests were down from 14 to four and noise violation citations were also down from 24 to 18, police said.

State College police were assisted by state police, Penn State police, the Centre County Alcohol Task Force, neighboring townships’ departments and Liquor Control Board officers from Altoona, Williamsport and Harrisburg.