Narragansett police crack down on college parties

Just since the school year started, Narragansett Police have already made a staggering number of arrests in a community known for college parties.

"There are certain kids who rent houses in this area that have no respect for other people," Eastward Look neighborhood resident Paul DelDeo told NBC10 news from behind his wooden picket fence.

DelDeo is so conscious of the 'noise factor' near his Eastward Look home, that he came out to ask NBC10 'what was going on' while we were interviewing a group of URI students on the street.

DelDeo said, "When you're living in an area for twenty-five, thirty years you know what it's like. You have some of these [college] kids, they urinate in your yard, they throw beer cans around, do stuff like that. But I have to say, then you have other kids that are really helpful, they come here, they shovel your snow. So it's not all the kids, it's just a few bad ones."

And those 'bad kids' are the reason DelDeo is so grateful for the recent stepped-up police presence in the area.

Lt. Anthony Pelopida with Narragansett Police said, "I can tell you that we are out there every night. We have extra patrols for overtime that are out there specifically targeting underage drinking and loud parties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. So we are doing absolutely the most we can to curb the problem."

In fact, just between September First and thirtieth, Narragansett Officers have made 136 arrests related to alcohol during the midnight shift.

Lt. Pelopida says the most common infractions include possession, underage drinking, littering, public urination, noise and loud parties.

Nearby resident Nancy Sherman said, "I had friends who lived in that area of Narragansett, they owned a home there, but there was always partying with college students, and they complained a few times, and walked up to the house next door, and said, 'Hey, we're cool, we understand you're young, and you want to party, but do you think after 10:30 p.m. or 11 p.m. you could calm things down a little?' But they had to complain to the police, and eventually they had to move."

{}But some who live in the area say the orange sticker campaign launched by police has helped.

Lt. Pelopida said, "So if we go to a house, and there's 150 people there, and there's underage drinking, they will automatically get a sticker."

When asked if he thought the 'orange stickers' work, DelDeo said, "I know it works! As a matter of fact the house next door here a couple of years ago was a party house, and they put a sticker on it, and that was the end of it! It was great!"

But some college kids who live locally think all of the recent arrests, citations, and orange stickers are overkill.

John Ankelman said, "I mean, if someone is doing something ridiculous, or out of the ordinary, I understand where you [the police] would have to take action, but the orange sticker thing really doesn't help anybody, it just raises people's rent. And it doesn't do anything to stop the partying."

Police say one factor that is expected to help mitigate some of the problems associated with alcohol in Narragansett is that winter is coming, and when that happens, the college parties tend to die down.