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City police step up enforcement efforts in University Heights

Buffalo police reported stepped-up enforcement efforts over the weekend in University Heights, the residential neighborhood off Main Street just south of the University at Buffalo’s South Campus.

Police reported the arrests of 12 UB students in connection with underage drinking and house parties in University Heights overnight Friday into Saturday, and six more arrests overnight Saturday into Sunday. Dozens of citations for violating city ordinances also were issued.

“Disruptive behavior in University Heights will not be tolerated,” said Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kimberly Beaty.

Beaty said an increased police presence in the streets surrounding the South Campus always accompanies a return to school for thousands of students. The crackdown also comes after The Buffalo News on Saturday chronicled the misery of some longtime residents in dealing with loud house parties and other nuisance behavior by students.

“We want students to acclimate to our community and want them to be respectful of the people who live there all the time, are city taxpayers and community staples,” Beaty said.

After a complaint of loud noise, four UB students were arrested early Saturday at a house party of between 100 and 150 people in the 200 block of Winspear Avenue, Beaty said. They were charged with second-degree criminal nuisance and unlawfully dealing with a minor. One of the students also was charged with obstructing governmental administration for interfering with officers and refusing to leave, Beaty said.

Officers also discovered a loud house party of about 60 people on Winspear, where four UB students were arrested. A UB student also was arrested and issued a summons for hosting another loud party on Winspear, Beaty said. They also were charged with second-degree criminal nuisance and unlawfully dealing with a minor.

Two other parties on Winspear and a party on Merrimac Street also were broken up, she said. An 18-year-old UB student from Arcade was charged with disorderly conduct at Main and Custer streets for allegedly screaming profanities at a lieutenant about 2:50 a.m., police said.

Police issued 17 citations for violations including excessive noise and open containers, and 40 parking tickets. Officers also filed 66 “student incident reports” with UB, Beaty said.

In addition to the six arrests overnight Saturday into Sunday, police issued 66 parking tickets and 33 summonses, Beaty said. Officers responding to a complaint of a loud party on West Northrup Place charged the 19-year-old host and filed 21 student incident reports, she said.

email: jpopiolkowski@buffnews.com