16 face charges after UM incidents

Posted Jan. 18, 2010, at 10:53 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — It started Friday night and by Monday morning 16 people had been arrested or charged by University of Maine police, mostly for alcohol-related offenses, according to Joe Carr, spokesman for the university.

Between 9 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday, UMaine had 11 incidents in which at least one person was charged, according to the Penobscot Regional Communications Center law incident summary report.

“Those incidents resulted in 18 summonses and one arrest,” Carr said by e-mail Monday.

One incident involved four students picking a fight with a lone student who was working on campus and needed to be taken by ambulance to a Bangor hospital for his injuries.

Public safety officers were dispatched to Stewart Quad at 3 a.m. Sunday and “determined that a group of four students had encountered a single student while working in that area and that an altercation ensued,” Carr said. “Police allege that Mike Fithian, 18, punched the victim, so they issued a summons for assault and a summons” for possession of alcohol by consumption.

A second student, Samuel Davidson, 19, also was charged with possession of alcohol by consumption. The other two students were not charged.

The victim, whose age was not given, had “facial injuries as a result of getting punched” and was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Carr said. He has since been released.

The lone campus arrest happened when public safety officers tried to break up a party at Gannett Hall around 9:40 p.m. Friday. Isaac Weymout, 18, was arrested for refusing to cooperate with officers and charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct and possession of alcohol by consumption.

Robert Brown, 18, also was charged in the same incident with furnishing a place for minors to consume alcohol, and three others, Carolyn Steeves, 18, Delayne Pokorny, 19, and Josette Hernandez, 18, were charged with possession of alcohol by consumption.

Over the weekend, four other UMaine students and five visitors to the Orono campus, including a 16-year-old girl, also were charged with possession of alcohol by consumption.

The UMaine students included: Elizabeth Pierce, 19, Brittany Paul, 20, Ian Stevens, 18, and Scott Sivisk, 20.

The five visitors charged included: Spencer Cass, 19, Devin Stiles, 19, Nathan Ashton, 20, Tyler Hastings, 19, and the 16-year-old female.

The university does not release the hometowns of students living on campus, and did not provide them for the visitors.

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