Charges filed in dorm fire at Towson U.

March 29, 2000|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Three Towson University students accused of setting fire to an eighth-floor residence hall apartment Sunday will appear at suspension hearings this week, a school spokesman said yesterday.

Campus police said the three freshmen entered a room in the Residence Tower near York Road and Burke Avenue about 6: 33 p.m. Sunday, after returning from spring break, and spread toilet paper around the room. One student then used a lighter to set the paper on fire, which activated a sprinkler system in the room, police said.

Jason Newing of Gunpowder, Md., was charged by Baltimore County police with burglary, arson and reckless endangerment of lives. Newing was released from the county detention center yesterday morning. The other suspects, Jacob Della Rose, of Baltimore, and Michael Egan, of New York, were charged with burglary.

All three have been removed from campus housing.

While Egan and Della Rose have been permitted to continue taking classes, Newing has not been allowed to return to school since the incident.

All three are expected at university hearings later this week. At the end of the hearings, officials will make a determination on whether the students will be suspended.

The fire caused mostly water damage to the eighth-floor room and rooms below it on the seventh floor, said Bill Everett, a Towson spokesman.

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