OCTOBER 29, 2006 -- Athens police say there were fewer arrests this year at an annual city-wide Halloween party popular with college students.
Eighty-two people were arrested Saturday night and early Sunday, compared with 95 last year and 98 two years ago. Most of the people arrested were charged with disorderly conduct and underage drinking. The Fire Department also is investigating three vehicle fires as possible arsons.
The university and city had promised to be tougher this year on partygoers who got out of line during the event. The party has attracted as many as 20,000 people to downtown Athens in the past.
The city police chief says this year's crowd was the smallest in years. But police could not provide a specific crowd estimate.