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November 26, 2008

Three face hearings after fracas at UPJ

Three people arrested at a fraternity party on the Pitt-Johnstown campus are scheduled to appear Tuesday before District Judge Max Pavlovich.

Two students – Kevin Thomas Easley, 22, of Penn Hills, and Shawnice Tilitheia Stevens, 22, of Richland Township – along with former student William P. Thompson Jr., 23, of Johnstown, face a rash of charges stemming from the incident Saturday.

Campus police said a fight involving about 50 people broke out at the Acacia fraternity party inside Hawthorne Lodge.

When police arrived, they found people fighting and tried to break up the melee by using pepper spray. Police said they restored order inside the frat house, but people still were fighting outside.

The three suspects each face charges of obstructing the administration of law, failure of a disorderly person to disperse, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

UPJ spokesman Robert Knipple said the university could take action against the students if the charges are upheld.

“We don’t take action until that is completed,” he said.

“Then each case will be reviewed.”

Knipple declined to say what disciplinary actions the students might face.

“It’s premature,” he said.

Also under investigation is the use of pepper spray by campus police.

A review is being carried out by Pitt’s main campus police, Knipple said, noting that is required whenever a weapon is drawn or a baton or pepper spray is used.

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