WSU, Pullman Officials Want To Crack Down On College Hill Fights

PULLMAN (AP) — Pullman police and Washington State University officials are studying ways to put a damper on increasingly violent fights and assaults in the College Hill neighborhood just off campus.

Chief Ted Weatherly says reports of fist fights, brawls and other public confrontations have climbed 41 percent over the past seven years.

He’s asking the City Council to beef up fines for people involved in fights.

Washington State officials are considering a “university district” that would allow the city and university to share policing of the “Greek row” neighborhood where most of the drunken parties, litter and vandalism occur.

Weatherly says Pullman Regional Hospital treated 24 people for injuries suffered in fights last year, including three who required overnight hospitalization. In two of the most serious cases, young men suffered broken jaws.