Students arrested

Officials at Central Connecticut State University don’t see the humour in this prank: burning bags of popcorn in a microwave in a crowded dorm in the middle of the night and tying some doors shut so residents think they’re trapped in a burning building.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Officials at Central Connecticut State University don’t see the humour in this prank: burning bags of popcorn in a microwave in a crowded dorm in the middle of the night and tying some doors shut so residents think they’re trapped in a burning building.

Campus police say they arrested three teens who purposely burned the popcorn early Monday, setting off a fire alarm in the dorm shortly after 3 a.m.

No one was hurt in the incident in Vance Hall at the New Britain campus. University officials offered counselling to anyone who needed it.

Police arrested Matthew Dortch, 18, of Wayne, N.J.; Patrick Robinson, 18, of Goshen, N.Y.; and Christopher Scifo, 19, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

All three were arraigned in New Britain Superior Court and posted bail Monday.

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