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Massachusetts House Party Draws Estimated 1,000 People

Police reportedly say they could not have shut it down because they were worried about the hundreds of people drinking getting behind the wheel



    The weekend house party in Assonet, Massachusetts, which drew approximately 1,000 people turned into a major disturbance for the community. (Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016)

    A Massachusetts house party over the weekend was reportedly so large, it drew an estimated 1,000 people.

    The Taunton Gazette reports the Freetown party on Leonard Avenue started around 9 p.m. Saturday night and lasted until 4 or 5 a.m. the next day, causing the town's police officers to call in additional officers from Berkley and Lakeville to help with traffic.

    While nobody at the party was arrested or cited on Sunday, Freetown Police Chief Carlton Abbott now says the party organizers are going to face the following charges, "Disturbing the peace, keeping a disorderly house, and because an admission price was charged, we're looking into a lack of an entertainment license."

    Brandon Lochard, who lives on the 3 acre property with his family, denies the party got out of hand or that guests spilled onto the street. Lochard says he hired 15 security guards and a Freetown police detail to ensure things went smoothly. However, Lochard is extending an olive branch to the police and his neighbors, " It won't happen again. I'm sorry if you felt like we disrespected you guys."

    Complicating matters, Lochard's sister went on Twitter, mocking the police after the party. Those comments have since been deleted.

    Police say the party organizers will be charged early next week.

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