ATHENS, Ohio: Eighty people were arrested, many on alcohol-related offenses, at the annual Halloween block party near Ohio University.
University police arrested 31 people between 3 p.m. Saturday and 3 a.m. Sunday when the streets were cleared. Athens police responded to an additional 71 calls for service and had 49 arrests with 60 total charges.
According to the Athens Messenger, Athens County Emergency Medical Services had 34 calls for assistance with 25 people going to the emergency room. Most calls were alcohol-related.
According to Athens County Public Information Officer Dan Pfeiffer, the party-goers on Court Street experienced rain in mist form on and off throughout the evening and temperatures were steady in the upper 40s.
He said city officials stated the crowd size was typical of years past and broke up after 1 a.m. Emergency Service Personnel and members of the public were cleared from the streets by 2:30 a.m.
“The evening was relatively calm in the event area. The city of Athens is grateful to the collaborative efforts and planning with Ohio University, Clean and Safe Halloween Committee, Athens County Sheriff’s Office and all of the Athens City and outside supporting agencies,” said Paula Moseley, Athens city service-safety director in a news release.