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Police, EMS wrap up Arts Fest weekend

State College police calls over Arts Fest weekend mainly consisted of lesser offenses, including criminal mischief and public intoxication. About one-third of all EMS calls over the weekend were alcohol-related.
State College police calls over Arts Fest weekend mainly consisted of lesser offenses, including criminal mischief and public intoxication. About one-third of all EMS calls over the weekend were alcohol-related. Centre Daily Times, file

State College police kept busy this Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts weekend, but most calls weren’t more serious than criminal mischief, public intoxication and ordinance violations.

“It was a relatively calm weekend, considering the number of people we had in town,” Lt. Keith Robb said Monday.

Robb said one sexual assault was reported during the weekend involving two Penn State students who were known to each other, but the incident is still under investigation.

Charges were filed in a separate sexual assault case during the week, but that incident occurred during the 2015 Arts Fest.

A police cruiser was damaged at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday responding to a party along the 200 block of Locust Lane, he said. Anyone with information regarding the damage is encouraged to contact the department.

A State College man, Darnel Shinka, 23, was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats after producing a knife outside of the Lion’s Den on South Garner Street, claiming he also had a gun, Robb said. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 27, according to court documents.

Arts Fest also proved to be a busy weekend for Centre LifeLink EMS, according to an email from the EMS service. LifeLink compared the weekend with State Patty’s and Penn State football weekends.

Between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Sunday, LifeLink responded to 64 total calls, the email said — 23 of which were alcohol related.

LifeLink typically responds to 16 calls per day on a standard weekend, the email said.

Previous festival weeks have been more eventful for first responders. Arts Fest saw riots in 1998 and 2000.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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