Students are back at Eastern Connecticut State, and that means changes for one family-oriented neighborhood.
“They're leaving condoms, cups, red cups, blue cups, beer bottles. It's disgusting,” said Patty Coleman of Willimantic.
Neighbors near this Pennywood Lane home say police broke up a huge party Thursday night.
“They woke us up. There were kids screaming in the street, drinking, hollering,” said nearby resident Kevin Hoxie.
More than 50 college age kids were wandering this neighborhood bordering Eastern Connecticut State University, which is a dry campus.
“The next thing you know we watched like four girls crying get handcuffed and get stuffed into a car,” said one woman.
Five 19 and 20 year old women - students at ECSU - who live in this house were arrested for breach of peace.
They talked to News 8’s Tina Detelj briefly but then quickly ended the conversation.
“I mean it was like a get together and then it turned into a bigger party because people brought people,” said one of the women.
“I don't want to talk about it sorry,” she said.
Police tell News 8 this happens a lot in neighborhoods throughout the city, especially now at the beginning of the school year. Many of the students renting these homes are living out on their own for the first time.
ECSU tells us it is dealing with this problem using a state grant. "Through the grant and Eastern's own resources, we have developed a proactive program to counsel students about underage drinking."
“They're telling me the same thing every meeting we go. ‘We're trying to do everything we can but because it's an off campus situation there's not really a whole lot we can do,’” said Hoxie.
This neighborhood watch was meant to keep an eye out for suspicious activity but lately the calls police are getting are for activities which are disturbing the peace.
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