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February 26, 2014

Man charged with breaking windshield at Merrimack College

LAWRENCE — A young Stoneham man who allegedly broke a car windshield at Merrimack College by throwing ice and snow at it pleaded not guilty to destruction of property valued at more than $250 and possessing a fake ID in Lawrence District Court yesterday.

Brian Buckley, 20, of 14 Sunrise Ave., was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday by Merrimack College police. Two other men, also from Stoneham, were arrested with him. Jonathan Ferguson, 20, of 47 Stevens St., was charged with receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.

Brian Donahue, 21, of 211 Park St., was charged with disorderly conduct. Judge Mark Sullivan dismissed that charge against Donahue and continued the cases against Buckley and Ferguson until April 15. They were released on their own recognizance.

Merrimack College police Sgt. Sean Furlong wrote in a report filed with the court that as he was exiting the Campus Center at 2:25 a.m. Saturday, he heard people speaking loudly and saw snow and ice being thrown at an automobile owned by Zip Car.

Furlong could not tell who threw the ice at the car, but he saw three young men nearby. When he asked them about the incident, they initially denied throwing anything, according to the officer’s report.

Furlong wrote that he could smell alcohol on their breaths and that their speech was slurred. Buckley then admitted to another officer that he was the one who threw the ice at the car, leaving a large crack in the windshield, according to the report.

When Furlong told Buckley he didn’t appreciate being lied to, Buckley became very irate and said, “I didn’t lie to you. I told you I did it. I threw the ice,” the officer wrote.

Police found a fake Rhode Island driver’s license when they searched Buckley, according to Furlong’s report. When they searched Ferguson, they found a Massachusetts driver’s license belonging to a 28-year-old man, Furlong wrote. That led to the charge of receiving stolen property.

The commotion resulting from the incident awakened residents of the Deegan West Dormitory, according to Furlong’s report.

The three men were issued no-trespass orders. A call to Merrimack College spokeswoman Bethany LoMonaco was not returned yesterday.

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