Police Arrest 26 As Ohio State-Area Parties Become Rowdy

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse crowds and arrested 26 people early Sunday when house parties in a neighborhood near Ohio State University became rowdy.

Twelve officers sustained minor injuries while trying to disperse a crowd that took to the streets between 12:45 a.m. and 2 a.m., Sgt. Earl Smith, a police spokesman, said. He would not estimate how many people were involved.

Revelers threw bottles at car windows, stood on top of cars and ran through the streets.

"I'm disappointed. I'm angry. I'm frustrated," Bill Hall, Ohio State's vice president of student affairs, said Sunday. "There are a lot of emotions that are going through my mind right now."

Off-campus parties got so out of control on two weekends last April that Ohio State officials adopted new disciplinary measures. Students whose parties become too rowdy now can be suspended and possibly expelled.

Some local businesses also temporarily stopped selling beer and other alcoholic drinks in bottles last year to decrease property damage. University officials said they were considering asking businesses to do the same this year.

Smith said police, anticipating such rowdiness, have patrolled the area heavily for the past few weeks.

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