This is an installment in a weekly to biweekly series on the University of Massachusetts Police Department (UMPD) crime log, and is written with cooperation from UMPD Deputy Chief of Police Patrick Archbald and Lieutenant Thomas O’Donnell. This series is intended to give readers an insight into the types of calls that college police officers respond to every day.
Friday, October 21
At 9:07 p.m., Dillon Gonzales, 19, of 11 Birch Woods Drive, Beverly, Mass., was arrested on charges of liquor law violations. An officer was parked in Lot 21 observing the area when he allegedly witnessed a blue Ford Explorer with four people inside pull into a nearby parking space. As the officer watched, three males who appeared to be under the age of 21 got out of the vehicle, while a fourth appeared to be reaching into the trunk from the back seat. Suspicious, the officer approached the vehicle and found that the suspect in question was filling up his backpack with beer from an 18-pack of Budweiser in the trunk. After his license showed that he was underage, Gonzales was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
Saturday, October 22
At 12:02 a.m., Thomas Andrews, 18, of 1 Castle Road, Northborough, Mass., was arrested on charges of liquor law violations. An officer was monitoring traffic on Massachusetts Ave. when he observed a group of students walk by his position, one of whom shouted an expletive at him. When the officer drove away from his post to perform an unrelated traffic stop, he noticed that the student who had cursed at him was carrying a beer, which he tried to conceal. At that point, the officer approached the young man and asked for his identification, which indicated that he was only 18. In addition, a subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect was allegedly in possession of not one, but seven cans of Busch beer. The officer then took Andrews into custody for being a minor in possession of alcohol.
At 2:08 a.m., John Peter Scolforo, 18, of 470 Chapman Street, Lee, Mass. was arrested for disorderly conduct. At around that time, officers were summoned to Pierpont dorm for the report of an assault and battery on the third floor. Upon arrival, responding officers reportedly found a male party who was reportedly yelling and swearing. The suspect continued his belligerent behavior outside the dorm, also coming very close to the officers while screaming at them. After refusing to obey orders to keep his voice down, the suspect was issued a trespass from university property and was asked to leave, at which time he refused and went back inside the building. The officers followed him inside, warned him that he was violating his trespass and again told him to leave. After refusing to do so, Scolforo, who is not a UMass student, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct.
Sunday, October, 23
At 2:32 a.m., Brian Michael Wallace, 18, of 44 Barger Street, Putnam Valley, NY, Pandi Rrapo, 18, of 130 Stanley Street, Clifton, NJ, and Anthony Carmino Leone, 18, of 5 Kania Street, Easthampton, Mass. were all arrested on various charges. An officer was walking in the rear of Lot 13 near Olympia Drive when she heard the sounds of objects breaking and male voices yelling. She walked in the direction of the voices until she allegedly witnessed three white males, two wearing backpacks, kicking a parking office sign and a Verizon junction box. The suspects then ripped the items out of the ground and threw them into the street, almost causing an accident with a passing taxi. Subsequently, Wallace, Rrapo and Leone were arrested and charged with one count of disorderly conduct and two counts of vandalism each. Charges of being minors in possession of alcohol were added for Wallace and Leone after their backpacks were found to contain Miller Lite during processing at the police station.