‘State Patrick’s Day’ festivities keep police busy

STATE COLLEGE — Student-driven State Patrick’s Day drove up the number of police incidents Saturday as they decked out in green, hit the bars and some had run-ins with the law.

Borough police staffed heavily for student-organized celebration, and all officers were busy Saturday with alcohol-related incidents, snowball fights and snowballs being thrown at vehicles. No serious injuries were reported as late afternoon Saturday, police said.

Students organized State Patrick’s Day because the actual holiday occurs during spring break. Penn State officials openly condemned the concept.

The festivities apparently began early for some, with a number of fights and assaults reported to police Friday evening into Saturday morning. Most were alcohol-related, according to police.

At 12:28 a.m. Saturday, police were called about a man urinating from a balcony at 340 E. Beaver Ave. But the victim could not say what apartment the man was at or provide a description, police said.

About 2 a.m., a man was struck on the head with a beer bottle at 320 E. Beaver Ave. He suffered injuries that required medical attention and stitches, police reports indicate. The investigation is continuing into who was the assailant.

At 2:48 a.m., two men said they were minding their own business when eight to 10 men beat them up, police said. The assailants were white, college-aged males, police said.

The fighting continued when, about 3 a.m. Saturday, two men were arrested for fighting. They are being cited for disorderly conduct, police reported.

Police came to the rescue of a lost, drunken man who was “trapped” inside the State College Area High School’s track at 650 Westerly Parkway about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. He apparently was too intoxicated to get over a 4-foot-tall fence, according to a police report. The man will be cited with public drunkenness.

Snowballs were a problem throughout the day Saturday.

A man threw a snowball at a State College parking enforcement Jeep at about 12:30 a.m., only to learn it was being driven by State College police officers due to the weather. The thrower is being cited.