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Police arrest 50 Veishea weekend

AMES (AP) -- Iowa State's annual Veishea festivities were marred by fights and arrests Saturday night and Sunday morning just four years after organizers canceled the event because of similar problems.

Police had to deploy tear gas to control the crowds. Ames and campus police reported 88 arrests. According to university records, 24 were Iowa State students.

Ames Police Cmdr. Mike Brennan says a series of fights broke out at about 1:30 a.m., forcing police to close a downtown business district and a street that hosts many student bars.

Brennan says the fights drew more people and contributed to the near-chaos downtown.

But Brennan says this weekend went "relatively well," and says there were no problems until the violence early Sunday.


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