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Police shut down beach party

May 23, 2017
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Police closed a lakeshore beach for a few hours after complaints about hundreds of college students partying.

South Haven police said complaints began around mid-day last Wednesday, when three busloads of college students showed up at the city’s South Beach along Lake Michigan.

Chief Natalie Thompson said they brought alcohol and loud music.

Thompson said four arrests were made out of 300-400 people.

Kalamazoo College students were reportedly at the beach for a Day of Gracious Living, a campus tradition since 1974.

Last summer, South Haven's North Beach was shut down during the Fourth of July weekend, because of rowdy people and fights. The crowd for the Light up the Lake fireworks got violent and pelted police and spectators with bottles.

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