Police disband party as part of disturbance crackdown

Megan Boldt

Minnesota Student Association President Ben Bowman was among 23 people ticketed by Minneapolis police for attending a disruptive Como-neighborhood party early Sunday morning.
Bowman said he was issued a $67 fine. At least eight other University students were also cited.
One 21-year-old student was ticketed for selling beer at $5 per cup, according to a police report. Nine party-goers received underage drinking citations.
Two police officers broke up the party at 840 18th Ave. S.E. around 12:42 a.m., according to the report.
“We were just hanging out,” Bowman said. “It was not like there were kegs upon kegs.”
The MSA president said officers told him they were targeting University neighborhoods with a federal grant to combat underage drinking.

In other police news:
ù Minneapolis police arrested three men near 500 Central Ave. S.E. Monday morning for assaulting a 21-year-old man.
According to police reports, two men kicked and attempted to stab the victim.
The suspects tried to drive away from the injured man, but police arrested and booked them at Hennepin County Jail.
Fifth-degree assault and weapons charges are pending.

ù A 21-year-old man was cited by Minneapolis police for starting campfires Saturday evening near the intersection of Cecil Street Southeast and East River Road.
According to police reports, the man started the fires in an area filled with leaves and brush. The man said he started the fires along with another friend while fishing at the river.

Megan Boldt covers police and welcomes comments at [email protected] She can also be reached at (612) 627-4070 x3224.