Wednesday, March 5, 2008

We are not alone in our love of Chuck E. Cheese and wrasslin'

All you people — including myself — who thought "This could only happen in Flint" when the news broke of an all-out, booze-fueled brawl at Chuck E. Cheese on Miller Road a few weeks ago need to apologize to the Vehicle City. Apparently, Flint isn't the only place where alleged adults take their children out for a night of fun, buy them some pizza and spring for a few game tokens...and then start swinging.

NATICK, Mass. - A child's birthday party at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant was cut short after a fight broke out between two mothers. Natick police said the mom of the 9-year-old birthday boy apparently became enraged because the other woman's son was "hogging" an arcade game.

Sgt. Paul Thompson said Catherine Aliaga, 38, and Tarsha Williams, 33, both of Boston, would be summoned into court to answer charges of simple assault and battery stemming from the scuffle.

Thompson told the MetroWest Daily News that police received a number of 911 calls about the fight Saturday night.

He said what started as a birthday celebration turned into a "birthday melee."

Wait a minute. Just two women were fighting and the Natick PD is calling it a melee? That's known as a quiet night in Flint. Natick may have technically tied us for the Chuck E. Cheese Brawl Capital of the U.S., but the Massachusetts town has a long way to go before it catches up to Flint in the major crimes competition.

Flint, MINatick, MANational

Forcible Rape:120.9212.4532.2
Aggravated Assault:1899.3127.6336.5
Larceny Theft:2991.81717.82601.7
Vehicle Theft:1286.2124.5501.5
Latest 2006 Crimes per 100,000 People:

Thanks to Aaron for passing this tidbit along!


  1. Yes! Flint still holds the Belt!

    We are miserable and dangerous, look it up!

    Don't mess with F'town!

  2. this is an excellent blog!!!

    Flint, MI raised!! Went to Flint Central High, Whittier Jr. High, Mt Morris, Bentley and Atherton!!

    Grew up all over Flint and Flint suburbs...

    GREAT site, please keep it up and keep on posting!!! Love reading up on it!

  3. Alright, I've been waiting for some Central folks to chime in. My mom graduated there in 1930. Thanks for the kind words.


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