Hampshire rocker's mom arrested at battle of bands
Friday, April 16, 2010
AMHERST - A New York woman who was on the University of Massachusetts campus, possibly to watch her son perform at a concert in the Southwest area of the campus, was arrested at the Hampden Dining Commons Monday night.
Karen A. Brinn-Nazzaro, 55, of Yonkers, N.Y., was arrested Monday at 8:34 p.m. on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.
A police officer working in the area got a report from two students that a woman, later identified as Brinn-Nazzaro, was behaving oddly near the snack bar, said Deputy Chief Patrick Archbald.
"She was making inappropriate and bizarre comments to people passing her by," Archbald said.
These included both sexual and anti-Semitic remarks, Archbald said.
When police officers approached the woman, she told them she could say and do whatever she wanted, continued to make offensive statements toward people and then flailed her arms before being taken into custody, Archbald said.
At the same time, her son, Benjamin A. Nazzaro, 22, of Crestwood, N.Y., attempted to intervene and allegedly became aggressive toward officers. He was issued a no-trespass order by police. Nazzaro is a vocalist and keyboard player in Bubonic Souls, a Hampshire College-based band which was on campus to perform in the Paper Jam, a battle-of-the-bands event that kicked off Southwest Week 2010. Another member of Bubonic Souls is Rachel Weiss, actress Kathleen Turner's daughter.
Less than two hours later, when Brinn-Nazzaro's boyfriend came to the UMass police station to post bail for her, Nazzaro was riding in the boyfriend's vehicle and was placed under arrest on a charge of trespassing, Archbald said.
- SCOTT MERZBACH
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