‘Hey! Tone it down a little, will ya?’

‘And move your car, too’: Those were the most common Fake Day beefs

By Katherine Wartell

Noise and parking were the most frequent topics of complaint made by citizens to police during Fake Patty’s Day weekend.

Authorities released a more detailed breakdown of complaint calls Friday, including a breakdown of the nature of the complaints themselves, citations issued, and the cities of residence of those cited.

There were 29 complaints related to noise and disturbing the peace. That was down from 2011, when 42 complaints were made.

The second most common complaint involved parking, with 28 complaints filed. That was also down from 2011, when 53 complaints were made.

Officials said they responded to 16 welfare checks, down from 30 in 2011.

The RCPD had assistance from seven different agencies including the Junction City Police Department and Kansas State University Police Department over Fake Patty’s Day weekend and focused forces in the surrounding neighborhoods of Aggieville, in far greater numbers than in previous years.

Beginning with the day before Fake Patty’s Day itself and continuing through the weekend, officers issued 556 citations, with 453 issued on Saturday alone. Of those 453, 160 were parking violations, 161 were for various ordinance violations and 101 were for misdemeanor offenses. The rest were in relation to traffic violations.

Officials said the most common criminal citation was possession of open container in public, with 130 cited, followed by minor in possession of alcohol, with 41 cited. Two dozen people were cited for urinating in public, while 5 were cited for playing music too loudly.

RCPD Director Brad Schoen said the high number of citations was a result of increased enforcement and a greater number of officers out, available to write citations.

The majority of those cited reside in Kansas cities, primarily Manhattan, which led with 115 cited. Citizens from Lawrence and Wichita followed, with 27 and 21 cited, respectively. There were 13 people from Fort Riley cited.

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