Student underage drinking arrests slow

first_imgSince representatives from the University and student government met with local law enforcement at the beginning of the month, the number of students arrested for underage drinking has decreased. This change came as a result of increased cooperation and understanding on both sides, student body president Catherine Soler said after meeting with representatives from the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) and Indiana State Excise Police this week. “To be honest, they were both as happy about it as we were. I think this has caused a lot tension in the community,” Soler said. “Everyone is just really happy to be moving forward in a productive manner.” From Aug. 21 to Sept. 2, police sent roughly 70 students to jail for alcohol-related charges. Since then, eight students were arrested and nine were issued citations for minor consuming, according to police logs. Excise police issued five citations to Notre Dame students at an incident early Sunday morning at 1632 Turtle Creek Court, said Indiana State Excise Police Commander Lt. Tim Cleveland. Cleveland said these students were issued citations, rather than arrested, because they were cooperative. “From my understanding, there were a lot of people there, but there were few under 21 that were actually consuming alcohol,” he said. “Everyone was cooperative and polite and mutually respectful so that makes a big difference.” SBPD arrested six underage students for minor consuming at a Sept. 10 incident on the 1000 Block of N. Lawrence Street. Officers arrested two and cited four for minor consuming at a Sept. 17 incident on the 200 block of S. St. Louis Boulevard, according to police logs. Cleveland said his meeting with representatives from Notre Dame resulted in greater understanding of the University’s perspective, and he said he thought the University better understood his side as well. “Hopefully we’ve all seen a move in the positive direction,” he said. Cleveland said he encouraged his officers to issue citations, rather than arrest, when underage students are respectful and it is safe to release them. “I have encouraged my officers to use some discretion on whether or not they arrest or whether they cite and release,” he said. “Obviously, we’re not going to cite and release someone who tests .20 because that’s a liability for us to have someone who is under 21 and who is twice the legal limit walking around where they could get hit by a car or something could happen to them.” Nick Ruof, chief of staff, who also attended the meetings with the police, said officers are, in general, using more discretion. “They are using discretion when they start issuing [minors in consumption] or when they approach a silast_img read more

Siegfried shivers for homeless

first_imgSiegfried Hall’s 8th annual “Day of Man” will give hall residents a chance to shiver for a cause Wednesday as they brave the cold in shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops while collecting donations for the South Bend Center for the Homeless, Day of Man co-commissioner and junior Thomas Ridella said.“It’s one of the largest community service events that I’ve participated in,” Ridella said. “It’s really cool doing it with all your friends and doing something that’s really different and unique. … We’re just doing our part by taking a day, not even a day, out of our time, which is something small, to make a big contribution.”Siegfried Hall president and sophomore Drew Vista said the event encourages hall residents “to stand in solidarity with other people and bring the cause to the attention of the other students at Notre Dame.”“The most important part of the event is that even though it’s a fun thing to do for a day and even though it’s cold, it’s for a really good cause,” Vista said. “Once we hear from the people from the homeless shelter, it makes us feel that what we did was that much more special.”Peter Lombardo, director of community involvement at the South Bend Center for the Homeless, spoke to students gathered for Mass in Siegfried on Sunday. He said funds from Day of Man support academic and enrichment programs at the Center for the Homeless and will help kickstart a nutrition program initiated this year by juniors Kathleen Anthony and Sienna Durbin.“Thank you for risking a trip to the student health center for the Center for the Homeless,” Lombardo said. “The work we do is pretty much aimed at reconnecting [residents], reconnecting them to the sources of support that we all have.“We’re lucky we have family and friends that we can depend on, and they don’t have them. Some of them don’t have them because they’ve broken them themselves, yes, that’s true, but the Center for the Homeless wants to reconnect them, and any help that you can give goes to that.”Sophomore Jack Szigety said the event also provides a way for Siegfried residents to strengthen their own community while reaching out to South Bend.“The best part of the event for me anyway is the solidarity of it,” Szigety said. “You don’t stand only with the homeless people who don’t have as fortunate a situation as we do, but you also stand with your dorm, your fellow men, to get together for a cause.”Ridella said the initial slogan used for the first Day of Man, “Be cold. Be bold. Be a man,” would be featured on the back of the neon blue T-shirt hall residents will wear to class and outside the dining halls Wednesday. Vista said plans for Day of Man would continue no matter how low the temperatures drop, as the hall typically raises more funds in frigid weather.“I don’t know if there is a temperature that’s too cold,” Vista said. “Probably anything that would be physically unsafe for more than five minutes of exposure would be too cold. Other than that, the colder the better.”Tags: Center for the Homeless, Day of Man, fundraiser, Siegfried Halllast_img read more

Series to reconcile creation and Lent

first_imgThe Center for Spirituality and Campus Ministry will co-sponsor the Lenten Film Series, “Reconciliation with Creation,” which focuses on ecological creation and conversion and will be shown throughout March and April.Director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said Lent is a time of self-scrutiny, penitential discipline and conversion in our relationship to God and others.“This film series concerns one dimension of that conversion ⎯ conversion in our relation to creation,” Groppe said.She said the series will provide education on different dimensions of ecological degradation.The first film shown on March 3, “Dirt!,” addressed soil erosion and degradation. As we prepare to receive Lenten ashes accompanied by the Biblical words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” the film was particularly relevant for Ash Wednesday, Groppe said.On March 24, the film “Mountain Mourning” will be shown. The film documents the consequences of mountain-top removal coal mining for the Appalachian mountain region and the people who live there.Other films in the series include “Living Downstream” and “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish.”In “Living Downstream,” ecologist Sandra Steingraber explores the connections between the toxins humans have introduced into the environment and human health as she wages her own battle with cancer. “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish” is an award-winning documentary about carbon emissions and ocean acidification.Groppe said the film series will conclude on April 24 with “The Student, the Nun, and the Amazon,” which follows British students James Newton and Sam Clemens in their journey over sea and land to meet Sr. Dorothy Stang, who gave her life to protect the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.The films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre on Monday evenings, followed by a discussion and Lenten prayer.Although most of the films are not explicitly theological, the realities they document indicate the drama of sin and death, and how grace and freedom involve all of creation.  This idea promotes Saint Paul’s message to the Romans that all of creation is “in bondage to decay,” Groppe said.When she first saw the films, Grope said she felt grief at the scope of the degradation that we inflicted upon creation, which, Saint Bonaventure wrote, is like a mirror that reflects the power, wisdom and goodness of God.“Ecological degradation fractures this mirror and hinders our potential to know God through the created order,” she said. “It is also closely correlated with human suffering, for degraded ecosystems cannot support human life and flourishing.”Senior Hannah Olsen said she was glad that she took the time in the midst of a busy week to watch the film [“Dirt!”] and participate in the discussion afterwards.Olsen said she didn’t feel overwhelmed with the issues that stem from disregard for sustainability, most likely because the end of the film was about small-scale efforts that have changed whole communities, even if they only touch one community at a time.“I think the call to action, even if a person can only cause a small-scale change, is very important to hear and discuss,” Olsen said. “It didn’t make environmental issues seem like problems that could only be addressed if you have a lot of power or influence.“There was an African story about a hummingbird trying to put out a forest fire while the other animals just stood and watched. The bigger animals, which could carry a lot more water, told the hummingbird that its actions would never make a difference, but it told them, ‘I’m doing all I can.’ This film, and having a discussion afterward, encouraged me to do all I can. It is better than doing nothing.”Olsen said the prayer at the end drew a great connection between spirituality and the state of the world, ending with the line, “our indifference changes the world.”Tags: creation and lent, Film series, Lent, SMC, smc campus ministrylast_img read more

Award-winning author reads excerpt from work

first_imgKyle Muntz is the 2016 recipient of the Sparks Prize, an award given to a distinguished graduate of the Creative Writing graduate program.Students send sections of writing to an anonymous judge, chosen by the director of the program each year, who decides the winner. Nicholas Sparks, renowned author and Notre Dame graduate class of 1988, created the Sparks Prize in 2001. Muntz is the 15th recipient of the award.“Kyle is a lover of genre and writes in a swathe of them, including genres like the dystopic or the western romance. In this regard, I think he is a lovely fulfillment of the vision of Nicholas Sparks,” Joyelle McSweeney, current director of the Creative Writing Program, said of Muntz.The Sparks Prize awards $20,000 to the winner to allow them to spend a year simply writing, with one stipulation of a requirement of one public reading. Muntz performed his reading at Hammes Bookstore.Muntz read the first chapter of one of his new novels “The Effigies,” a novel which took inspiration from the anime “Evangelion,” as well as a section of his thesis novel, “The Holy Ghost.”Carmen Maria Machado, author of “Her Body and Other Parties” among other novels, was the judge of the 2016 contest. Machado described Muntz’s work as “snapping and humming with a weirdness, queerness and eeriness in every sense of the word that I find utterly intoxicating — a cross between Karen Russell and Bryan Evenson with an atmosphere entirely their own.”Most of Muntz’s novels take place in new, unique worlds, and he estimated that he has created over 10 of them.“I usually start with a genre and a way of telling stories and then I pick it apart,” Muntz said. “ … I look for places where the familiar can become unfamiliar in a way that is interesting to me. I basically think, ‘What if this familiar thing was horrifying, and how do people who have to live with that deal with that?’”Muntz said he has garnered much support and praise from his former peers and professors at the creative writing program.“Kyle approaches prose genres with the enthusiasm and wonder of a kid on Christmas morning who immediately takes apart a complicated toy to see how it works and immediately assembles it in a grotesque humorous way,” McSweeney said.Muntz, has already published five novels and his work has appeared Gone Lawn, Step Chamber, The Journal of Experimental Fiction and Fiction International. Additionally, he is developing a video game called “The Pale City,” an adventure that he finds less enjoyable than novel writing.“It develops a world in the way a world works a lot more fully than my novels ever have,” Muntz said. “ … Writing my video game was a little bit more like writing a screenplay.”last_img read more

Senate bestows emeritus status on former leadership

first_imgStudent senate voted to bestow emeritus status on the former student body leadership Wednesday.Former student body president Rebecca Blais, former student body vice president Sibonay Shewit and former chief of staff Prathm Juneja all received the status by unanimous decisions.Student body president and junior Gates McGavick presented a resolution highlighting the achievements of Blais.“Rebecca committed herself to ameliorating the issues of sexual assault on campus through her work on the committee of sexual assault and prevention, her discussion with administrators to release climate data, her current work on Callisto and her dedication to the safety of all the University,” McGavick said.Parliamentarian and freshman Halena Hadi read the resolution regarding Shewit’s efforts as student body vice president.“Sibonay faithfully and dutifully chaired one of the most active senates ever by fostering relationships with each senator, bestowing on them a mindful integration of the mission and character of the University of Notre Dame,” Hadi said.Hadi also presented the resolution on Juneja’s work in student government.“Prathm utilized his role in student government to connect the Notre Dame community with the South Bend community, especially as it pertained to civic engagement and voting to enhance conversations on voting rights, diversity and inclusion,” Hadi said.The senators passed an order adding the position of diversity council chair as a non-voting member of senate.Diversity council represents all the clubs on campus for underrepresented students.“[Underrepresented means] students that are here at the University and are here to stay and are part of the Notre Dame family, but it’s really easy for them to feel like the adopted cousin,” diversity council chair and junior Alyssa Ngo said.The current members of senate, despite representing all of the students on campus, might not do the best job of giving voice to the underrepresented because of their own lack of diversity, Ngo said.“If you think about the diversity statistics at Notre Dame, and then see if that number matches the people in this room, I think it’s quite clear that it doesn’t,” Ngo said.Ngo said she hopes to improve the relationship between the department of diversity and inclusion in student government and the diversity council.“Kaleem Minor — who is the vice chair of diversity council right now — he served as the first-ever director [of the department of diversity and inclusion],” Ngo said. “He felt that the relationship wasn’t that great. … They were two groups with the same goal … but they didn’t come together to plan anything.”The senators passed the order, making Ngo a non-voting member of senate for this year, with one abstention and one opposition.Junior Michael Conlon presented to student senate regarding upcoming events for the unveiling of The Shirt.Conlon, head of external relations for The Shirt Project, announced that former Irish football player Jaylon Smith will be a guest speaker for the ceremony on April 20.“He ended up getting drafted in the second round by the Dallas Cowboys and had a really successful rookie year,” Conlon said. “He came back from injury and played really well in the NFL.”The senators also passed resolutions changing the names and descriptions of two student government departments.The department of campus technology changed to the department of campus technology and innovation, and the department of university policy changed to the department of university affairs.“This is just a technicality to update job descriptions and also the name of the department to make it more encompassing of the roles of the director,” junior Corey Gayheart, student body vice president, said.Tags: Jaylon Smith, Senate, student senate, The Shirt Projectlast_img read more

John Heisler reflects on 40-year tenure

first_imgJohn Heisler has a perspective on media relations and sports information at Notre Dame few can claim to match. His tenure as senior associate athletic director at Notre Dame is now coming to a close.A South Bend native, Heisler said he came to work at the University as the assistant sports information director in the late 1970s following a year working for the Department of Sports Information at the University of Missouri, his alma mater.“I wanted to get into something involving writing, so I went to the University of Missouri for journalism school [and] did a news editorial major,” Heisler said. “I thought I’d end up working for a newspaper or magazine.”  Having worked at the University for 39 of it’s 177 years, Heisler has been around to see the University grow and change immensely for almost a quarter of Notre Dame’s existence. Over those many years he said he has seen the school, and especially the school’s athletics programs, expand immensely.”I think certainly in terms of athletics the University has grown tremendously and become much more of a business. When I started there were only a handful of programs that really had scholarships,” Heisler said. “Not that every one of our sports now is perfectly set up to be a national champion, but we’ve certainly come light-years in that direction over the course of decades.”Heisler said his department, sports information and media relations, has also undergone massive changes in the past couple of decades with the advent of the internet, social media and the 24-hour news cycle. “When I started in the late [1970s] there was no website, there were no cell phones. It’s come a long way,” Heisler said. The changing nature of media relations over the past decades makes the job, almost by necessity, a learning experience.“There’s way more outlets, from a communications standpoint, than there used to be,” Heisler said. “Things aren’t going to be a secret, no matter what it is.”While a lot of Heisler’s work has moved from taking place on manual typewriters to smartphones and laptops, he said one aspect of the job that never changed — the importance of the relationships you build with people you meet along the way. “I’d say you miss the relationships, because in our business that’s what it’s all about.” Heisler said. “Everybody who comes here has their own Notre Dame story of where they come from and how they got here.” Though his own Notre Dame story may have come to an end, Heisler’s book is far from over. Although he is currently unsure the exact direction he is heading in, he is not looking to retire and instead plans to continue to work and hopefully remain in the field of athletics. Tags: John Heisler, media relations and sports information, notre dame athletic department, Notre Dame Athletics, sports journalismlast_img read more

Lecture examines sexual abuse, forms of protest

first_imgThe Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism hosted a lecture to discuss the sexual abuse scandal within the Catholic Church on Monday evening. The event featured Dr. Brian Clites of Case Western Reserve University, who spoke about his work with survivors of sexual abuse in a lecture entitled “Sacred Protests: Politics and Faith after Clergy Sexual Abuse.” Clites launched into his lecture by objecting to the term “crisis” to explain the current state of the scandal.“Crisis suggests that this is temporally bound in a very narrow and finite way,” Clites said. “I try to resist that language and I slip into it like everyone else, because this has been unfolding for a long, long time.”Clites’s research begins in the 1950s, when the “paper trail” of sexual abuse in the Church began as priests were admitted to treatment programs under the guise of alcoholism and other addictions. Clites traced the progress of the issue through the decades to the 1980s and 1990s, when the first victims began to come forward. Clites emphasized the exhaustion of survivors as the inconsistencies of public interest come and go.“When survivors are in the spotlight, when the rest of us are thinking about this problem, they enjoy a little bit of press, they’re able to share their story, they’re able to share their gospel,” Clites said. “However, they also suffer a lot. Many of them have spoken to me about the depression they go through when we inevitably switch to the next media cycle.”Clites’s research focuses on the ways in which survivors protest and how they strive to make their stories known. Clites discussed the photographs survivors often carry when marching in demonstrations. The often-staged portraits of the victim, Clites said, do not seem to reflect the emotional intensity of the abuse.“Each portrait is a snapshot frozen in time of the precise age and body of the child when they were abused,” Clites said. “Given that each survivor had endured such intimate and horrific suffering, why did they choose these very bland, common photos as the center of their public rituals? What message are they trying to convey by these portraits of their childhood selves? I only learned to appreciate these survivor portraits after I’d attended a few protests.”At these protests, Clites asserted, he learned about the concept of “soul murder,” a term that stems from psychoanalytic theory. Soul murder refers to “the loss of a victim’s sense of selfhood and the annihilation of a child’s core relationships, including with parents, friends and other key social figures,” he said. This concept is especially relevant among victims of clergy sexual abuse.“When survivors picket cathedrals while carrying portraits and artwork of themselves and their loved ones, they’re trying to communicate a spiritual death,” Clites said. “For survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse, soul murder carries the additional weight of abuse which comes ontologically from the hands of God. … When the priests consecrate the host in Mass and is acting ‘in persona Christi,’ he says, ‘Take of this, my body.’ I’ve heard from many survivors just how seriously they took the really real elements of that theology.”Clites recounted the story of Bernadette, one of the survivors he spoke with whose abuse at the hands of a priest and nun starting at the age of eight resulted in dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. Of her 70 reported identities, Clites said, Bernadette’s most powerful is that of Emily, a seven-year-old girl. For Bernadette, one of the symbols of her abuse are the toys with which she, as Emily, plays. Toys, Clites noted, are common items survivors carry in protests and symbolize the loss of childhood.Clites rehashed an experience he had at a march in Chicago that illustrated survivors’ goals in their demonstrations and how these protests serve as ways for survivors to process their suffering. Clites emphasized the importance to survivors of being seen and heard.“By displaying pictures of themselves as children and carrying relics from the time period during which they or their loved ones who were abused, Chicago survivors are not only mourning the event of sexual abuse, they’re also mourning the loss of a Catholicism that they once knew,” Clites said. “They’re mourning the loss of certainty, absolute faith … the Catholic rituals, devotions and emotional displays that characterize their pre-conciliar, pre-rape childhoods.”Despite the unimaginable suffering the survivors have gone through, Clites pointed out that many survivors continue to identify as Catholic. The images and objects they carry, Clites said, illustrate survivors’ faith and the simultaneous spiritual pain they feel toward Church.“By carrying portraits and relics from their soul murder, survivors are not only mourning the event of their abuse, but also the broader cultural possibility of ever fully resurrecting the Catholic world that they once loved,” Clites said.Clites ended his lecture with a brief discussion of what survivors might want from the Catholic community in the wake of their experiences. These responses included acknowledgement of the abuse survivors experienced, recognition of their suffering, concrete penance by the Church hierarchy, support within parish communities and reforms in the Church. Ultimately, Clites said, survivors’ aesthetic choices in their protests are intimately linked with their sense of loss and longing for a return to faith.“By showcasing both their suffering and their faith, survivors wager their need to grab public attention versus their desire to talk to fellow Catholics about the ongoing trauma of their childhood abuse,” Clites said. “Shrines and photographs materialize survivors’ suffering while also demonstrating outwardly their continued belonging within the Catholic Church.”Tags: Brian Clites, sexual abuse, The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicismlast_img read more

Student government election results in runoff between Ingal-Galbenski and Patidar-Patrick

first_imgErin Fennessy | The Observer Junior and student body presidential candidate Connor Whittle speaks with attendees at the Judicial Council’s announcement of the results of the primary election for student body president. Whittle was eliminated from the race, as the ticket of Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski will take on Noble Patidar and Connor Patrick in the second round next Wednesday.Although none of the tickets — Bates-Henry, Dugan-Pozas, Ingal-Galbenski, Patidar-Patrick and Whittle-Rotolo — received the required 50% of votes to win the election — campaigning will be suspended through Junior Parents Weekend and will be permitted beginning Tuesday at midnight and ending Wednesday at 8 p.m, Judicial Council president Halena Hadi said.The Ingal-Galbenski ticket received 1213 votes and the Patidar-Patrick ticket received 781 votes. The Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket received the third-largest number of votes, with 678 votes. 410 students voted for the Whittle-Rotolo ticket and 265 voters chose the Bates-Henry ticket. 128 students voted to abstain. A total of 254 votes were invalidated due to sanctions against the Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket, and the Mercugliano-Lund ticket, which was forced to forfeit its candidacy.Juniors Rachel Ingal and Sarah Galbenski said they would like to thank their teams for informing their platform and providing encouragement throughout the process. “I think overall we’re feeling immensely grateful for everyone who supported us and walked with us in this entire journey, I couldn’t feel more blessed in this moment,” Ingal said.Junior presidential candidate Noble Patidar said he was proud of their ticket regardless of the results, and he sees their team simply as friends running together. “We came into this with the mentality of having fun,” Patidar said. “Win or lose we’re going to impact the student body positively, whether we’re student body president and VP or not.”Patidar’s running mate, freshman Connor Patrick, said he met Patidar the first week of classes at the University, and he’s particularly thankful for his friendship with Patidar and the campaign they have undergone together.“I just feel so grateful for our team, for Noble and for everyone who supported us because we’re here and we’re not backing down,” Patrick said. “We’re going to keep fighting for a better Notre Dame.”While the Whittle-Rotolo ticket will not move on to the runoff election, junior Connor Whittle said he wishes the best of luck to the two remaining tickets and believes both would be fantastic options for the student body. Whittle also apologized for the issues surrounding the election which included an allegation hearing and sanction appeals.“On behalf of our entire campus we’re sorry for how this process has gone at times, there have been controversies at certain turns and we’re sorry to see that and sorry that we couldn’t do better as student leaders to make this a noncontroversial election at every point,” Whittle said. Freshmen Henry Bates and Thomas Henry, who did not receive enough votes to be included in the runoff election, emphasized they only attended the results for one reason.“I would like to tell Notre Dame student government that I’m just here so we don’t get fined,” Bates said.The Dugan-Pozas Garza ticket did not respond to The Observer’s request for comment.The Mercugliano-Lund was required to forfeit their candidacy for violating Section 17.1(i)(1) of the Student Body Constitution, which reads: “The promise of any office or position in the Student Union by any ticket or candidate shall be considered highly unethical behavior, the penalty for which may include a maximum penalty of forfeiture of candidacy.” They could not be immediately reached for comment.Assistant Managing Editor Maria Leontaras contributed to this report.Tags: Ingal-Galbenski, Patidar-Patrick, runoff debate, runoff election, student government elections 2020 The 2020 student government presidential election will continue with a runoff election between the Ingal-Galbenski ticket and the Patidar-Patrick ticket, Judicial Council announced Thursday night. Turnout was 42% of the electorate. The results were supposed to be announced Tuesday night but were delayed following a round of sanctions and appeals.The runoff debate and election are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.last_img read more

Jenkins congratulates newly inaugurated President Joe Biden

first_imgUniversity President Fr. John Jenkins commended President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States in a statement Wednesday.“I congratulate Joseph R. Biden Jr. on his elevation today to president of the United States, becoming only the second Catholic in American history to assume the presidency and, like the nation’s first Catholic president, John F. Kennedy, a recipient of Notre Dame’s highest honor, the Laetare Medal,” he said in the release.Jenkins recounted his comments when he presented Biden with the award, a decision that sparked controversy when announced in 2016. The Medal is annually awarded to American Catholics who uplift the ideals of the Church and service society.“In awarding the Laetare Medal in 2016 to then-Vice President Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, I said, ‘Vice President Biden reminded his fellow Democrats that those in the other party are “‘our opponents, not our enemies,”’” Jenkins said. “May his leadership help quell the venomous enmity so prevalent in our nation today.”In addition, Jenkins expressed hopefulness in the spirit of bipartisanship Biden could bring to the White House.“We can only be encouraged by the auspicious beginning to inauguration day for President Biden, when he attended Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in the company of the House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders,” he said.Jenkins urged all Americans to pray for the new president and the country.Tags: President Biden, President John Jenkins, Presidential Inaugurationlast_img read more

Police Interview Of Accused Arsonist Led To Arrest, Complaint Revealed

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.ELLICOTT – Statements from the man accused of setting a weekend house fire in Falconer contributed to his arrest, according to a criminal complaint obtained by WNYNewsNow.Cody A. Dustin, 24, is charged with third-degree arson, a Class C felony, in connection with the fire at 217 E. Pearl St. Dustin was arrested Wednesday and released with an appearance ticket.Authorities said statements were also gathered from a witness, as well as from a report constructed by Chautauqua County Fire Investigators.In addition, Ellicott Police previously stated that the fire was ruled as “incendiary.” The criminal complaint, however, did not provide specifics on how the fire was started or the instruments used. Specifics of the statements from Dustin and the witness were also not provided.Police say no one was in the residence at the time of the fire.A court clerk told WNYNewsNow that Dustin will be arraigned on Mar. 25 at 4 p.m. at Town of Ellicott Court.last_img read more