Three SUNY Oneonta students were arrested Friday after allegedly having a party where alcohol was sold, Oneonta city police said.
Police investigated a noise complaint about activity at a third-floor apartment at 169 Main St. at 12:07 a.m., Lt. Douglas Brenner said. Three officers and a sergeant responded, he said, and an investigation revealed that more than 60 people were inside the apartment, where tape had been put over smoke detectors, and windows had been covered with boards and cloth.
The hosts charged for entering the apartment and drinking alcohol, Brenner said, and police confiscated $1,284, which the hosts said was from multiple parties.
The three men arrested are roommates and students at the State University College at Oneonta, Brenner said.
Scott Kesner, 21, of Medford, was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance, selling alcohol without a license, unlawful possession of marijuana and noise.
Anthony Anesta, 21, of Wantaugh, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, MDMA or “Molly,” and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Damien Duell, 21, of Glens Falls, was charged with second-degree criminal nuisance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana and noise.
The men were released on recognizance pending later court dates.
The party Friday was the second gathering where alcohol was sold illegally since SUNY Oneonta students returned to the city about a week ago. A SUNY Oneonta student was arrested after such a party Aug. 23, police said.
Brenner said extra patrols will continue this weekend with officers on foot, in cars and on bicycles on alert for concentrations of people, noise, littering and open containers of alcohol.
SUNY Oneonta’s semester started Monday, and Hartwick College students start classes Tuesday.