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UConn Spring Weekend Sees Decrease In Arrests

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) _ Police say 22 people were arrested over Spring Weekend at the University of Connecticut, the smallest number in several years.

The annual festivities ran from Thursday night through Sunday on UConn’s Storrs campus, where police had extra patrols and non-student visitors were prohibited from dorms.

UConn police arrested 17 people and state troopers arrested five others. The charges ranged from marijuana and alcohol offenses to weapons violations. More than 500 tickets, warnings and infractions were also issued.

By comparison, UConn police arrested 84 people last year.

Officials launched the crackdown to prevent a repeat of last year’s problems, in which a student died after being punched at an off-campus restaurant. An East Hartford man awaits trial in the case.

UConn has struggled for years to subdue rowdy Spring Weekend revelry.     

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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