Five arrested for causing disturbance

| January 5, 2010

BRIDGETON – Police arrested five people, including two teens, after responding to a report of a large fight at Union Baptist Temple's Alms Center early on New Year's Day.

The fight was reported at 2:55 a.m., Bridgeton Police Capt. Burl Kimble said while announcing the arrests on Monday.

The two initial responding police officers were greeted by roughly 200 people pouring out of the church recreation center's doors and frantic claims that someone inside was firing a gun, Kimble said.

Police found no evidence of gunfire inside or surrounding the Martin Luther King Jr. Way rec center, Kimble said.

Five people were arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance outside the rec center as police attempted to disperse the crowd, which had come to the Alms Center for Union Baptist's annual all-night, drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve celebration.

Raheem R. McClendon, 27, of South Avenue, a 15-year-old East Avenue girl and a 16-year-old Richland boy were charged with disorderly conduct and failure to disperse.

All three were released on summonses pending court.

David L. McClendon, 46, of South East Avenue, and Alisha N. Green, 32, of Nichols Street, were charged with failure to disperse.

Both were released on their own recognizance.

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