5 arrested after fight at party on Mount St. Mary's campus 250 students celebrate before day off from school

March 13, 1997|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

EMMITSBURG -- Five young people were arrested at Mount St. Mary's College early yesterday after police broke up a fight at a campus party attended by as many as 250 people.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies were called to a campus apartment complex for seniors at 12: 30 a.m. as students celebrated in anticipation of a day off school yesterday, Adviser Day. The day is reserved for planning next year's courses with faculty advisers.

"The seniors, of course, have nothing to plan for, and many were attending a campus party," said Frank Buhrman, a college spokesman.

He said a fight broke out, and campus security officers, unable to stop the party and send students back to their dormitories, called the Sheriff's Department for help.

Buhrman said a deputy and police dog responded, and 15 additional officers were summoned from the Sheriff's Department, Maryland State Police, Frederick city police and Thurmont police.

The disturbance was under control within an hour and a majority of the students returned to their dorms, deputies said.

Those arrested, all Mount St. Mary's students, were:

Jose L. Cornejo, 21, of Garfield, N.J., charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Timothy R. Burroughs, 20, of Salisbury charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a police officer.

Mario D. Boemio, 20, of Toms River, N.J., charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of a police officer.

Matthew J. Kolster, 22, of Chatham, N.J., charged in a criminal citation with disorderly conduct.

All were released on personal recognizance.

A teen-age boy, who was not named, was charged with possession of alcohol by a minor. He was released, pending action by juvenile authorities.

"Some students took offense to having police on campus, and there was a lot of shouting, but no one was throwing things," Buhrman said. "It definitely was not a riot, as some have described."

Buhrman said campus parties routinely are monitored by campus security officers. Alcohol is permitted for those students who can legally drink, he said.

"Our concern is not consumption [of alcohol], but with the behavior of the students who drink," Buhrman said.

He said the college, with about 1,900 students, would investigate, and students involved could face sanctions through the school's division of student development.

Pub Date: 3/13/97

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