Miami frat members charged in fireworks fight

OXFORD, Ohio - Several members of two Miami University frats have been charged after a fireworks fight.

Police were originally dispatched just after 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house located at 310 Tallawanda Road in Oxford for a fire alarm activation.

Upon arrival, officers observed members of the SAE fraternity and the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity shooting fireworks at one another from third floor windows.

When fraternity members didn't cooperate with officers, police got search warrants and found fireworks as well as drugs like marijuana and cocaine in both houses. Drug paraphernalia was also found, according to authorities.

The following members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are charged with possession of drugs (marijuana) and possession of drug paraphernalia: William Acker, 21, Noak Kleiman, 20, Benjamin Cohen, 20, Charles Hodge, 21 and Nicholas Jurden, 20.

Jurden is also charged with possession of drugs (cocaine) and trafficking in drugs.

Charged with possession of fireworks is Hodge and Patrick Baudhuin, 21.

From the Phi Kappa tau fraternity, Willison Evans, 19, was charged with possession of drugs (hashish).

The two fraternities have been suspended temporarily, pending the outcome of a full investigation.

"It was just kind of disappointing to see the lack of cooperation from them," said Oxford police officer Sgt. Jon Varley. "They're supposed to be setting the example on campus, and this is not the example I'd want for my kids to follow."

Varley said the incident could have turned out much worse if the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house had caught fire, as some residents of the house slept through the fire alarm.


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