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Botched bonfire ends with three different summonses

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In an effort to build a bonfire, three male students attempted to use the basement stove in Decker Hall to ignite pieces of paper on Sunday, Feb. 20, after they were unable to find matches, according to Campus Police reports.

At 3:05 a.m., officers gathered the accused in the Decker Hall lobby after conducting a search to find those matching reported descriptions. The first male was found in the vicinity of Decker wearing a white sweatshirt and was asked if he had been drinking. In slurred speech he stated: “No, not at all. I was watching a movie with my friend in Cromwell … I wasn’t in Decker tonight,” reports said.

The other two males were detained for further investigation.

While holding a burnt paper towel in his hand, one of the two admitted to drinking. The other grew belligerent, according to reports. His inability to cooperate resulted in a summons for obstruction of administration of the law. The other got a summons for underage drinking. The third received one for disorderly conduct.

Officers found a male lying face down in Lot 18 at 2 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12. He stated that he had consumed “three, four or five beers,” police said.

On his way back to his room in Norsworthy Hall, he tripped in the parking lot, causing several lacerations on his mouth and nose. Lions EMS and Pennington Road EMS arrived on scene to evaluate. Residential Education and Housing staff arrived to document the incident and he received a summons.

After leaving his black and orange Timberland messenger bag on a chair beneath his coat in the Student Government office at around 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, a male student returned at 4:20 p.m. to find that his jacket had been moved and the bag had disappeared. Contents of the bag included a red Macbook Pro computer, an albuterol inhaler, RayBan sunglasses and various College office keys, reports said. In total, missing items valued over $1,600.

While sweating profusely, an intoxicated male was found hunching over a chair in the T-Dubs dining hall at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17.

According to reports, he said he consumed six to seven beers off-campus and had began drinking at 10:30 p.m. Lions EMS treated him and Pennington Road EMS transported him to Capital Health System at Mercer Campus.

Upon visiting her friend’s room in Travers Hall, a female discovered that her friend consumed 10 shots of Smirnoff vodka around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday Feb. 20. She called 911 for help when the victim was breathing but unresponsive. With the assistance of another friend, the two carried the intoxicated female to the lobby of Travers, who was then transported to Capital Health System at Mercer Campus, police said.

No charges were filed because the friend had dialed 911 for aid and remained with the intoxicated female in the process, all while cooperating with police.

A Vera Bradley card holder with a keychain attached was among the items a female lost after leaving belongings unattended near Ceva Pizza and Pasta in Eickhoff Dining Hall from 11:30 to 11:40 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 18. According to reports, other missing items included a driver’s license, College ID and a Travers Hall room key.

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