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October 17, 2013 at 5:26 PM
BELLINGHAM — Bellingham police have arrested a Western Washington University student in connection with last weekend’s off-campus riot.
Police say the 19-year-old, who lives on campus, was booked into Whatcom County Jail for riot, failure to disperse and interfering with a street sign. Three non-students were arrested earlier in the week. Police squad cars were damaged, street signs were knocked down and people threw beer cans and other items at officers during a large party that turned into a riot Saturday.
Police Detective Gina Crosswhite says two others have been identified but have not been located. The department has posted photos of 11 people involved in the melee on its website and is asking the public to help identify them.
October 17, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Authorities in Bellingham will band together to increase ‘party patrols’ over the next few weeks after a party turned into a riot last weekend.
The patrols will include officers from the Bellingham Police Department, police from Western Washington University and Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and will focus on residential areas of Bellingham.
Police will use a “Party Bus” to respond to problem parties where arrests result, according to police. If needed, the the Sheriff’s Office will provide a mobile booking vehicle, along with corrections officers to assist with processing those arrested.
“Parties that get out of control are not only a noise or nuisance concern, they are a public safety issue. And we will not tolerate any outbreaks of violence,” Bellingham Police Chief Clifford Cook said in a news release.
Police say they are not trying to ban parties, but will respond to complaints.
October 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM
Hundreds of college-age revelers in Washington state thwarted in efforts to continue a large party threw projectiles at police who responded with pepper spray to disperse them, officials said.
Several people were arrested during the melee late Saturday and early Sunday in Bellingham, according to police Sgt. Mike Scanlon.
“There was drinking, it became disorderly and pretty much an out and out riot,” he told The Associated Press.
He said the unrest began as police dispersed a noisy party that had drawn a few hundred people.
Many of the revelers then moved to nearby Laurel Park, where they were joined by even more people, Scanlon said, calling it a “large, intoxicated, disorderly crowd.”
The situation “finally boiled over,” he said. ‘They began hurling projectiles at police.”
Up to 500 people had converged on the park as police worked to disperse them, at one point using pepper spray, Scanlon said.
It took about 45 minutes to clear the area and restore order.
Scanlon said that there were multiple arrests but he didn’t have an exact figure. And he said he didn’t know if there were any injuries.
Bellingham is home to Western Washington University.
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