Late, loud West Tisbury parties tax police
West Tisbury police, backed up by reinforcements from three other Island towns, made an arrest and issued a slew of citations after breaking up three separate drinking parties late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
Shortly after 11 pm on Saturday, August 1, West Tisbury police responded to noise complaints at 133 Indian Hill Road. Police say they observed a large number of people, including many who appeared to be under legal drinking age. West Tisbury police officers called for backup, and police officers from Chilmark responded to assist. Police will seek charges including furnishing a place to provide alcohol to minors, keeping a disorderly house, disorderly conduct, and violation of the town's noise bylaw. Police made one arrest. Eric Anderson, 17, of North Easton, was arraigned Monday on a charge of a minor in possession of alcohol, and resisting arrest. He was ordered to pay court costs of $50, and will put on pre-trial probation for three months, and was ordered to pre-trial probation for three months,
Police say they previously responded to complaints of loud parties several times at that residence, and the occupants had received warnings.
At 1:15 am, early Saturday morning, police responded to another loud party at 10 Lineweaver Lane, where they say more than 100 people were drinking. At that point, police called for help from Tisbury and Edgartown police. Police say the person in charge of the house was cited for keeping a disorderly house, disorderly conduct, and violation of the town noise bylaw. Police also say they have also visited this home and issued warnings in the past.
Just an hour later, police were called to yet another very large party at 51 Skiff's Lane. The host also got citations for a disorderly house, disorderly conduct, and noise violations.
West Tisbury olice declined to name those cited at the three separate parties. Records of the citations and investigation are not yet public. Those cited are required to appear at a hearing before the Edgartown District Court clerk magistrate, where police are required to show cause for the citations. The clerk magistrate will decide whether charges should be filed, based on the evidence presented. If charges are filed, the police and court records would become public. The show cause hearings are not yet scheduled.