Wednesday, January 18, 2017

College charges group with rioting-other crimes during game celebration

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State College PA Jan 18 2017 State College Police charged three people with rioting, and one with taunting a police animal, for their alleged participation in a downtown disturbance following the Big Ten championship game last month.
Police filed charges Tuesday against 11 people overall in connection with the Dec. 3 disturbance, which occurred after Penn State defeated Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
The most serious charges were for felony rioting, filed against three current Penn State students. In addition, Robert Wasileski, 20, of State College, was charged with taunting a police animal, a third-degree felony. Other individuals were charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and failure to disperse.
The incident was the second in three months at Penn State that followed a football victory. Last year, State College Police charged 13 individuals for allegedly participating in a riot after Penn State defeated Ohio State 24-21 on Oct. 22 at Beaver Stadium.
That incident caused about $31,000 in damages, police said. Police have not released damage estimates for the December incident.
Before the Big Ten championship game, Penn State officials released a statement urging "respectful celebration" if the football team won.
A cause for celebration never justifies harm to safety or public property, and the University will always take strong action against those who cause such harm," two Penn State officials wrote.

According to police, current Penn State students facing charges in either incident also were reported to the university's Office of Student Conduct. 

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