Two men arrested for assault and underage drinking

An argument over a taxi early Sunday morning in Dinkytown resulted in the arrest of two men for assault and underage consumption. Sgt. Rick Doll of the Minneapolis Park Police said he observed Patrick Buckvold, 20, punching University of Minnesota-Duluth student Josh Hohertz around 2 a.m. As the officers arrested Buckvold, one of his friends began punching Hohertz. Both Buckvold and 20-year-old Alex Heller admitted to being intoxicated, Doll said, and police did not use a breath test. They were arrested and released later that day. Heller said the altercation began when Hohertz attempted to get into the taxi Heller had called. Hohertz made racially-charged remarks toward Heller, he said, which incited the assault. Heller, who was scheduled to appear in Hennepin County court Wednesday, said he has rescheduled his court appearance for a later date.

Mankato police bust 127 minors

The long holiday weekend allowed Mankato police officers time to issue 127 citations for underage drinking, the Star Tribune reported Monday âÄî almost 22 times the number of citations issued at the University of Minnesota last weekend. Commander Craig Ferricks of the Mankato Police Department said the large-scale weekend bust was uneventful. âÄúWeâÄôre always prepared for [underage drinkers] because we do live in a college town,âÄù Ferricks said. The Mankato police have a zero tolerance policy toward underage drinking, Ferricks said. He said he hopes this policy will help deter future underage drinking. Comparatively, the University Police Department had a relatively quiet weekend, Deputy Chief Chuck Miner said. Miner said the University area hasn’t seen any incidents like that in recent memory, and 127 tickets in one weekend is an unusually high number. The UMPD issued a total of six underage consumption citations over the holiday weekend at two different incidents, he said. -Emma Carew contributed to this report.