- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Prince George’s County police yesterday identified 14 persons arrested during a disturbance Saturday night after the University of Maryland’s men’s basketball team defeated Duke.

But school officials, who have threatened to expel any students involved in the incident, could not confirm which of the 14 attend the university.

Five of those arrested were charged with second-degree assault, one of whom also was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance. The others face misdemeanor charges of failure to obey lawful orders, disorderly conduct and assault, said police spokesman Lt. Steve Yuen.

About 3,000 revelers flooded U.S. Route 1 in College Park after the Terrapins’ 99-92 overtime defeat of the Blue Devils. They reportedly threw things from roofs, overturned newspaper boxes and set fire to trash cans and sofas. The roadway was closed for 90 minutes, and police dispersed the crowd using pepper spray.

Maj. Cathy Atwell of the University of Maryland Police said seven of the 14 arrested are university students.

University spokesman Dave Ottalini could not confirm which of the 14 are students. He said expulsion was possible for any student arrested and found guilty, but each would be handled on a case-by-case basis.

“The university has taken a pretty strong stand against [rioting],” he said.

Those arrested were identified as Edward Mitchell Jr., 20; Sara Milstein, 20; Traci Thompson, 22; Thomas Francis Power, 18; Jacquelyne Lee Abraham, 22; and John Clemons, 23, all of College Park; Joshua Eric Schultz, 23, of Clarksville, Md.; Philip McCollum, 21, of Leonardtown, Md.; Christian Thomas Sullivan, 20, of Jessup, Md.; Stephen Keith Nolan, 40, of Forest Hill, Md.; Mark Robert Saade, 26, of Falls Church; James Wallace Masciuch, 20, of Bethesda; Brandon Lamor Wise, 23, of Baltimore; and Micah Zimmerman, 22, address unknown.

Similar incidents after games against Duke in recent years ” including last March when a section of Route 1 was shut down for 30 minutes ” prompted the Board of Regents to adopt regulations to expel students found guilty of violence related to sporting events, whether the incident occurs on or off campus, Maj. Atwell said.

Those arrested will be scheduled for hearings before a District Court commissioner within a few weeks.

County police officials have not released any information to the public or university police regarding the procedures they used. Students criticized police for using pepper balls and spray, horses and clubs to force them off Route 1.

Meanwhile, several generations of university alumni attending the annual Terrapin Pride Day reception yesterday in Annapolis ” including former Gov. Marvin Mandel ” denounced the postgame violence.

“[Rioting] is not called for or appropriate. … There are better ways to celebrate,” said Mr. Mandel, 84, who graduated from the university’s law school in 1942.

Cliff Kendall, chairman of the University of Maryland Board of Regents and a 1954 graduate, rejected claims that rioting is now a rite of passage at the university.

“I don’t think it is a tradition. Anyone who thinks it is a tradition ” it’s a bad one,” he said as he signed a “Fear the Turtle” poster at the reception in the Senate Office Building.

Kevin Plank, owner of Under Armor, addressed the reception yesterday, saying that rioting wasn’t considered a tradition when he graduated less than 10 years ago.

“We didn’t win a lot of big games when I was there,” said Mr. Plank, 32. “We won some, but the kids managed to control themselves.”

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