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Police: Activity Over Arts Festival Weekend Down ‘Substantially;’ More Details on Issah’s Arrest Emerge

by Laura Nichols

The State College Police received 100 less calls between Wednesday and Sunday than they did during the 2012 Arts Festival. Police say the activity was down significantly on Wednesday and Thursday, Friday was busy and Saturday and Sunday were standard.

Non-traffic citations totaled only 63, police say, with 15 individuals being cited for underage drinking and 14 were cited for having an open container. There were 11 people cited for public urination, 10 people cited for public drunkenness and three people cited for criminal mischief.

Police cited two individuals each for loud noise, fighting, having a fake ID and for throwing various items. One person was cited for trespassing and another person was cited for harassment.

Police cited six people for driving under the influence and 12 people required medical assistance.

Early Saturday morning, police arrested a Penn State commit, Zayd Issah, for resisting arrest, marijuana possession and aggravated assault, according to court documents. The aggravated assault is graded as a felony.

Issah attempted to flee from police, according to the criminal complaint. It took four officers to take Issah into custody, police say. Two officers sustained injuries and one was treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center. The marijuana was discovered in Issah’s pocket when he was searched.

Issah was arraigned at 7 a.m. Saturday and was unable to post the $20,000 bail so he was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

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