AUBURN | The Auburn Police Department made 16 arrests on various charges Sunday morning in the area of State Street and Perrine Street bars after instituting a new patrol emphasis for that area.
Police said the arrests occurred between the hours of 12:15 and 2:30 a.m. when there were nearly 200 patrons filing out of the bars in that area onto sidewalks and roadways. Police said the arrests occurred when individuals did not comply with officers advising the patrons to disperse.
One person was charged with injuring a police officer, a felony. Police said Adrian S. Infante, 26, 97 Washington St. Apt. 1, Auburn, resisted arrest and attempted to run from police, resulting in a subsequent struggle that led to the arresting officers suffering minor injuries. Both officers were treated and released from Auburn Community Hospital, police said.
Infante was charged with second-degree assault as well as second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and second-degree harassment.
Three others were charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a violation: Domonique E. Maloney, 21, 137 North St. Apt. 1A, Auburn; Jenna L. Maloney, 21, 1 Delevan St., Auburn and Alexandria M. Barnard, 21, 269 State St., Auburn.
The other 12 people were charged for various violations including disorderly conduct and open container violation and released on appearance tickets.
Ages of offenders ranged from 16 to 44.
Officers were conducting a morning detail near the bars' closing time in response to numerous incidents and residential complaints, police said. An APD press release said the organization has a zero tolerance policy for any observed offenses.
According to several residents in that area, bar patrons on these streets are littering the streets and yards with plastic cups and walking around the neighborhood with open containers of alcohol, starting fights in the middle of the neighborhood and causing loud commotion during the night.
Christina Creamer is from Port Byron, but her father lives on Perrine Street just across from Swifty's Tavern. She said the noise the residents make "is awful." A beer bottle once was thrown through one of her father's windows.
She sounded skeptical of the police presence in this area.
"It might be beneficial, but they're down here already and it still goes on," she said.
Other residents on Perrine Street complain that the noise can be heard each weekend from Thursday night onward, with some nights more hectic than others.
Perrine Street resident Margo Johnson said for the past few weeks, she's found drunken bar patrons overwhelming bar bouncers in brawls, pounding on her neighbors' doors in the middle of the night, driving cars and motorcycles loudly up and down the street, and even urinating in her driveway and on the wall of the residence.
"It is bad down here," she said. "City government needs to do something."
Johnson said she, along with Perrine Street resident Dick Harwood, recently met with both City Manager Doug Selby and City Councilor John Camardo to discuss the issues that have been going on in the area.
Selby said he had heard about these complaints from various city government officials a few weeks. City officials then worked with the police department, which established the morning beat in response.
"We already had something in the works at that time because we realized there were problems," he said. "We're expressing zero-tolerance for that behavior in that neighborhood."
Johnson said the police officers were ushering people back into the bars, ordering bar patrons on the streets not to loiter.
Harwood said city councilors should come down and see the problem for themselves before finalizing the budget.
"They want to control the budget in Auburn, and they're aiming two ways: one towards the police department and one toward the fire department," he said. "The two areas that are real priority in the city of Auburn. No one, I don't care if it's a junior officer, should be laid off or lose his job because of political aspects."