City of Athens 2015 Halloween Block Party Wrap-up Media Release

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City of Athens
Halloween Block Party Media Release
November 1st, 2015

The City of Athens Block Party ended at approximately 2:20 AM EST.  Street crews began cleaning up the street after police officers cleared pedestrians at 2:15 AM EST.  The streets are expected to be open at approximately 5:30 AM EST.

The Athens Fire Department had 1 call for service.  No major fire related events were reported.

Athens County Emergency Medical Services responded to 43 calls for service (38 were block party related), which resulted in 24 transports to O’Bleness Memorial Hospital.

The Athens Police Department arrested 16 people on Friday night and 28 arrests on Saturday night (as of press time).

OUPD arrested 26 people on 32 charges Friday night and 43 people on 47 charges on Saturday night. Two felony arrests were made for cocaine possession and marijuana trafficking.

The Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit charged 20 people on Friday night and 63 people on Saturday night. All charges were alcohol related offenses.

The City of Athens Safety Team consisted of 8 volunteers that were on patrol from 8:30 PM to 1:30 AM.

The City of Athens would like to thank the Ohio University Police Department, Ohio University, State of Ohio Incident Management Team, Athens County Emergency Medical Services, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio Department of Public Safety Investigative Unit, the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal and the many police agencies that assisted the city with the block party.

More information may be available on Monday, November 2nd, 2015. Contact Ron Lucas, Deputy Service-Safety Director and Public Information Officer at (740) 592-3340 or email


What happens in Athens stays on the internet, so BE SMART, BE CIVIL, BE SAFE at the Athens Halloween Block Party.

Be Safe Be Civil Be Smart

What happens in Athens stays on the internet, so BE SMART, BE CIVIL, BE SAFE at the Athens Halloween Block Party.
• Always listen to police and follow their instructions.

• If you see the police breaking up a party, leave the area immediately.

• Avoid inviting outsiders to Athens. If you have guests, make sure they are someone you can trust. They will be held to the same standards as you, and their schools will be notified if they are arrested.

• Do not urinate in public.

• Police (Athens and Ohio University) will enforce the laws. They will take photographs and video at “fests” as evidence of any unlawful behavior. If you are identified through video or photo for violating the law, you will be arrested and prosecuted, even after the event.

• Do not break any laws.

• Do not consume alcohol if you are under age 21. Do not provide alcohol to anyone under age 21.

• Do not consume alcohol on public property, including sidewalks, regardless of age. You will be cited for “open container” and if you are under 21, you will be arrested.

• If you burn anything, you will be suspended from Ohio University.

• If you see someone engaging in unlawful behavior, leave the area immediately and report it to police.

• Citizens can file a complaint against your residence for loud music or unruly behavior. Complaints will be addressed promptly. Have respect for your neighbors and other citizens who may be frightened or bothered. All electronic noise must cease at midnight on the weekends.

• Stay with your friends; do not travel alone.

• Carry identification with you at all times.

• Stay on private property; streets must remain open for vehicles at all times.

• Do not let people you do not know onto your property.

• Stay off roofs.

• Avoid glass containers and watch for glass in your path; always wear shoes.

• If you see a fire or vandalization, call 911 immediately. If you are uncomfortable with people on your property or in your home, call 911 for assistance.

• If someone is in need of medical attention, call 911 immediately.

This message is brought to you buy the City of Athens, and Ohio University