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Ohio University Police Department officers arrest partiers for intoxication during Homecoming

OUPD reported alcohol-related incidents, possession or use of controlled substances, fake IDs, vandalism, graffiti, trespassing and littering.

For Cory Montgomery, there wasn't an issue finding fun this Homecoming Weekend.

“Where’s the party? The party’s everywhere,” Montgomery, a sophomore studying political science, said Saturday night. “We beat Miami. Where isn’t the party?”

Some Ohio University students, however, went a little overboard celebrating this Homecoming Weekend, and they may have faced more repercussions than a hangover.

According to the Ohio University Police Department police log, OUPD received seven alcohol-related reports, six reports of controlled substances or drug paraphernalia and three reports of fake IDs. The log also shows reports of vandalism, graffiti, trespassing and littering.

Students packed the streets, bars and house parties in celebration of OU’s defeat of rival Miami University.

Though students may have enjoyed the Court Street bustle, some Athens residents were wary of the crowds.

James Lavender, an Athens resident, said, though there were too many people on Court Street for his taste late Saturday, the early part of the weekend had been fairly typical. He expected that to change later in the night.

“It’s going to get crazy,” Lavender said. “There will be ambulances. There always are, but more than usual.”

“Somebody is going to die,” Athens resident Nathan Dingy said.

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According to OUPD reports, there were no deaths, but OUPD did pick up an injured, intoxicated student who had fallen from a fire escape, then got charged for trespassing, according to the report.

The police charged the student for trespassing at 12:24 a.m. Sunday morning behind Galbreath Chapel and determined he’d been sitting on the railing of the second-story fire escape of Cutler Hall and fallen off.

Another intoxicated student fell before entering his room at Gamertsfelder Hall, injuring his face and leg, according to an OUPD report. OUPD cited the student for disorderly conduct Saturday night. Athens County Emergency Services examined the student and transported him to OhioHealth O’Bleness Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Students weren’t the only ones celebrating and committing crimes this weekend. On Saturday, OUPD arrested a visitor for operating a vehicle under the influence, according to an OUPD arrest report. At 11:20 a.m., the visitor was already intoxicated and driving down Park Place.

On a more sober note, OUPD received two reports of theft this weekend — theft of a bicycle and theft from the men’s locker room at Ping Center — according to the OUPD call log.

Additionally, OUPD received a call about a vehicle with two flat tires behind Adams Hall. The case, listed as destruction of property, was closed due to lack of leads and evidence.


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