In a separate incident early Saturday, Kent officer

By Micah Panczyk Record-Courier staff writer Published:

In a separate incident early Saturday, Kent officer James Prusha was feloniously assaulted by a Ravenna man outside the 11th Frame bowling alley in Kent.

On Sunday, about ten officers and a police dog combated roughly 200 people about 2 a.m. Sunday in a parking lot outside University Townhomes on Summit Street, where a back-to-school party unreeled as participants set a fire inside a dumpster.

Eight people were arrested, half of whom were Kent State University students. Three police officers suffered minor injuries: Sgt. James Cole and officers Bob Treharn and Paul Canfield. None required medical care.

As revelers piled more and more debris on the blaze, two police officers accompanied Kent firefighters to the scene.

Upon their arrival, Robert Bollas, a 21-year-old KSU student from Louisville allegedly threw a can of beer that landed on a police cruiser. The can "exploded beer on the sides and windshield" of the car, said Lt. John Altomare.

As a result, officer Eric Dreger called for about eight additional officers.

"The crowd got more and more unruly," Altomare said. "People just kept throwing beer cans."

Christopher Erickson, 19, of 519 W. Main St., Kent, was charged with assaulting a police officer, a fourth-degree felony, and resisting arrest, a first-degree misdemeanor, Altomare said.

A police dog was used to tame Erickson, clamping bites on his arm and chest, Altomare said. Police warned Erickson, who is not a KSU student, the dog would be used if necessary, he said. Erickson, who was sprayed with pepper spray, was treated on site for the bites and cuts sustained from broken glass.

In addition to Bollas, other KSU students arrested on misdemeanor counts were: Jeffrey Jones, 22, of 1823 Gemini Court, Kent; Matthew Schwartz, 20, of Girard and Michael Destefanis, 20, of 1823 Gemini Court, Kent. Other arrests also were on misdemeanor counts.

In a separate incident at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Roger Davis, 25, of 5790 Lakewood Road, Ravenna, allegedly punched Prusha and tried to rip his gun from his holster outside the 11th Frame at 1524 S. Water St, Altomare said.

The two tussled near the building until three bystanders came to the officer's assistance, helping to wrestle Davis to the ground, Altomare said.

Davis was charged with feloniously assaulting a police officer, a first-degree felony and disorderly conduct, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. He was also charged for allegedly assaulting a woman inside the establishment, a first-degree misdemeanor, Altomare said.

Last Monday, police sprayed Mace on a crowd and arrested nine people during a "free-for-all" riot in the early hours Monday at the Robin Hood Inn at 503 E. Main Street.

Six police departments assisted Kent police in quelling the crowd; two

Kent officers and a police dog sustained minor injuries in the

affair.

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