- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FALMOUTH, Mass. (AP) - Three people allegedly involved in brawls at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s annual ball last weekend have been released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty.

Charges against a fourth person were dismissed.

The Cape Cod Times reports that 24-four year-old Matthew Lopes, of Mashpee, and 33-year-old Crystal Lynn Costa, of Falmouth, were each arraigned on one count of disorderly conduct, while 24-year-old Felicia Medina, of Fall River, pleaded not guilty to the same charge and to mayhem and assault and battery.

Defense attorneys denied the charges, saying their clients were victims.

Police from several departments responded to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday where a series of brawls broke out. Police described the guests as “heavily intoxicated” and smelled marijuana.

Tribal leaders called the behavior “unacceptable.”

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Information from: Cape Cod (Mass.) Times, https://www.capecodonline.com


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