NEW: Sheriff's Office Reaching Out To Aspen Heights
HARRISONBURG — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office will participate in a two-night student outreach campaign Thursday and Friday at Aspen Heights, a 600-bed complex off Port Republic Road just outside Harrisonburg’s city limits.
Deputies will work with the James Madison University Police Department on the campaign called “Take Care and Be Aware.” They will go door-to-door handing out information and meeting residents from 6 to 9 p.m. both nights.
Last August, as JMU students returned and Aspen Heights opened as the county’s first student-housing complex, thousands of people partied within the development. The revelry prompted complaints from nearby residents and led to several citations and arrests, mostly for underage possession of alcohol, simple assault and larceny.
Management for Austin, Texas-based Aspen Heights then made several changes that led to a relatively quiet rest of the school year.