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Celebration turns unruly downtown


Police say more than 100 people involved in tangle at banquet hall



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October 15, 2008
IMLAY CITY — Imlay City police officers responded around 11 p.m. Saturday to an unruly crowd that had assembled in front of the "Dreams" dance club and banquet hall.

Police Chief John Stano said an estimated 100-150 individuals were involved in the incident, some of whom were throwing plants and damaging flower beds along Third Street.

Stano said the bulk of the crowd had been attendees at a wedding ceremony at the hall, located at 200 E. Third St. He added that no one was injured and there were no arrests made at the scene.

"Some people in the crowd were at first confrontational," he said. "But when more officers arrived, they began to quietly disperse."

The incident is the second of its type to take place at the former Virgilio's hall in recent months.

On June 22, a disagreement among wedding guests spilled out onto the streets, requiring police response. On that occasion, a 33-year-old man was arrested for resisting and obstructing police.

Stano said he intends to speak with the owner and management of Dreams, in hopes that such incidents can be eliminated in the future.

"We're not against anyone celebrating or having a good time," said Stano. "But it has to be within the law and not at the expense of other citizens. We want to see what can be done to stop these things from happening in the future."

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