Colby students torch furniture to celebrate graduation

WATERVILLE — The Waterville Fire Department was called to Colby College early Sunday morning to extinguish a pile of burning furniture that had been set on fire in front of a dorm as part of a graduation celebration, said Captain Jeff Brazier of the fire department.

The fire was reported at 1:46 a.m. by a college security officer, Brazier said. “The officer had arrived on scene and spotted a large fire on the walkway of the dorm. A large crowd had gathered around the fire to celebrate their upcoming graduation,” Brazier said.

The furniture, which included couches and wooden pallets, belonged to the students and was not school property, he said. Waterville police also responded to the scene.

“There’s a ton of things that are unsafe about it,” Brazier said. “Obviously they don’t have a hose, they don’t have anything for suppressing a fire, so it is a dangerous situation. It’s been quite dry out lately, and we haven’t had the greening up yet that we’ve hoped to see this spring.”

IN ATHENS, Saturday at 2:51 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Fox Hill Road.

IN FAIRFIELD, Saturday at 11:23 a.m., a report of threatening led to a warning issued on Skowhegan Road.

5:45 p.m., threatening was reported on Willow Street.

11:34 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Eskelund Drive.

Sunday at 8:36 a.m., a report of theft was investigated on Main Street.

IN FARMINGTON, Saturday at 2:34 p.m., vandalism and criminal mischief was reported on Holley Road.

10:34 p.m., assault was reported at Sherwood Apartments on High Street.

11:45 p.m., suspicious activity was reported at Sherwood Apartments on High Street.

Sunday at 8:54 a.m., harassment was reported on Sawtelle Lane.

IN HARTLAND, Saturday at 6:19 p.m., a report of an intoxicated person was investigated on Great Moose Drive.

Sunday at 1:58 a.m., a report of disturbance led to an arrest on Main Street.

IN JAY, Saturday at 6:18 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Intervale Road.

IN MADISON, Saturday at 5:56 p.m., a harassment complaint was reported on Weston Avenue.

8:11 p.m., a report of loud noise was investigated on Park Street.

Sunday at 12:27 a.m., a report of trespassing was investigated on Lakewood Road.

IN NORRIDGEWOCK, Saturday at 9:24 p.m., a report of disturbance was investigated on Martin Stream Road.

Sunday at 8:17 a.m., a report of suspicious activity was investigated on Waterville Road.

IN OAKLAND, Sunday at 2:46 a.m., suspicious activity was reported on Fairfield Street.

IN PITTSFIELD, Saturday at 1:24 p.m., a report of an intoxicated person was investigated on Nichols Street.

IN RANGELEY, Saturday at 8:31 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Main Street.

IN SKOWHEGAN, Saturday at 7:57 p.m., a report of loud noise led to a warning issued on North Avenue.

11:23 p.m., suspicious activity was reported on Bigelow Hill Road.

Sunday at 3:27 a.m., a report of domestic disturbance was investigated on West Front Street.

IN SOLON, Saturday at 6:09 p.m., burglary was reported on York Street.

11:43 p.m., a report of an auto theft was investigated on South Solon Road.

IN ST. ALBANS, Saturday at 12:25 p.m., a report of burglary was investigated on Orchard Road.

IN WATERVILLE, Saturday at 10:39 a.m., a report of suspicious activity was investigated at Walmart Supercenter on Waterville Commons Drive.

10:44 a.m., criminal mischief was reported at Moose Park.

2:20 p.m., a report of harassing or obscene phone calls was investigated on Ridge Road.

8:17 p.m., a report of theft was investigated at Mainely Brews in Post Office Square.

9:14 p.m., a report of theft led to an arrest at Dollar Tree in the Concourse.

Sunday at 1:30 a.m., disturbance was reported in the Concourse.

2:20 a.m., a report of an unwanted person led to a verbal warning at Thayer Garden Apartments on Quarry Road.

3:44 a.m., a report of a domestic dispute was investigated on Summer Street.

ARRESTS

IN SOMERSET COUNTY, Saturday at 7:39 p.m., Ashley Lynn Antonio, 31, of St. Albans, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Sunday at 3:51 a.m., Ann Marie Hicks, 46, of Hartland, was arrested on a probation hold.

IN WATERVILLE, Saturday at 9:14 p.m., Joseph Pasquino, 30, a transient, was arrested on charges of theft, assault and refusing to submit to arrest.

Sunday at 1:18 a.m., Tina Berube, 50, of Augusta, was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault.