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Suspect charged in fire-extinguisher prank

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:40 p.m.

A man who ran amok with a fire extinguisher while visiting a St. Vincent College dorm Friday morning was in jail by afternoon.

A man who identified himself to state police as Michael Wayne Davis, 20, no address given, allegedly told troopers that he "did not know it would be illegal to spray a fire extinguisher and that it was just a joke."

Nonetheless, he was charged with institutional vandalism, public drunkenness and similar misconduct, and purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of alcohol.

Police said Davis drank four or five beers and then got a fire extinguisher from the first floor of Benedict Hall at about 9 a.m.

He "went from floor to floor spraying the hallways, inside rooms, and directly spraying at least two residents," police said. The baking soda-based chemical set off fire alarms and caused evacuation of the dormitory.

Don Orlando, director of public relations for the college in Unity Township, said the incident "resulted in relatively minor damage and no injuries."

Police said Davis is not a student at the college but apparently was staying with a student who lives in the residence hall.

Davis was arraigned before District Justice Michael Mahady and jailed in the Westmoreland County Prison in lieu of $5,000 bond pending a Nov. 17 preliminary hearing.

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