GENESEO – Two SUNY Geneseo students were ticketed by Geneseo Police last week, finals week, after they allegedly not only started an open book and trash fire just feet from their Court Street house but kindled another fire after firefighters had responded.
According to a press release from Geneseo Police Chief Eric Osganian, Michael Taussig, 22, of Dobbs Ferry, NY, and Mitchell Gillard, 21, of Elba, NY, were both ticketed for Open Burning, a violation.
“The fire department was not happy,” said Osganian. “Someone had called 911 thinking that 68 Court Street was on fire due to the heavy black smoke. It was not a huge bonfire but being that close to the house, it was a hazard. Not 30 minutes after the fire department leaves, they start another fire about a foot away from the house, and the fire department is called back down.”
Geneseo Police allege that a group of people including Taussig and Gillard were burning trash and books and throwing aerosol cans into the fire.
The structure was not damaged and no one was hurt in the incidents.
Both Taussig and Gillard will return to Geneseo Village Court to answer the charges at a later date.