Athens police call weekend halloween bash worst ever

Athens police had their hands full late Saturday night and early yesterday when the annual Halloween party on downtown streets got out of hand.

City and Ohio University campus police arrested or ticketed nearly 100 people and responded to nearly 20 fights and at least five fires.

Police called it the worst Halloween yet, as partiers lit couches on fire and threw bottles at officers. A rape on Ohio University property was also reported, and officers investigated several thefts.

Four university students were among 30 people arrested or ticketed by campus police. University spokesman Jack Jeffery said if any students were involved in the fires or assaults handled by city police, the university would review the cases for possible discipline.

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