CLINTON, N.Y. (AP) _ Officials at a central New York college say they're looking into a police chief's claims that hundreds of rowdy students ``took over'' the village during off-campus parties that spilled onto neighboring properties.

The Observer-Dispatch of Utica reports that Town of Kirkland Police Chief Dan English told a town board meeting Monday night that about 300 Hamilton College students became unruly while partying Saturday night at several homes in the village of Clinton.

English says the students ``took over the village'' while roaming the streets and spilling onto the lawns of neighboring homes. He says two town officers and a state trooper brought the situation under control.

English says charges are pending. College officials say they're also looking into the incident.

Hamilton is a private liberal arts college with about 1,800 students.