2 CSU football players suspended after mega-party

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"Based on all the information we've been able to gather to date, I'm suspending James Skelton and Zach Tiedgen from tomorrow's game for their role in the Aug. 27 incident," CSU head coach Steve Fairchild said on Friday.

On Thursday, Fort Collins Police cited the apartment complex in Fort Collins that played host to the mega-partythat left multiple people hospitalized and others in trouble with the law.

According to Fort Collins Police, some Ram's Pointe apartment residents decided to throw the back-to-school bash on Aug. 27 afternoon in the 2200 block of West Elizabeth Street.

Poudre Fire Authority was called to the complex after receiving numerous complaints of the amounts of people there.

When they arrived, they found at least 2,000 people at the mega-party. Police had to transport several to the hospital for alcohol-related issues. Police were able to make contact with the party organizers at that point who agreed to shut down the party.

The authorities arrested and cited a few party-goers including two CSU football players: William Skelton, 21 - the Rams' starting middle linebacker - will have his charges amended from third-degree assault to another unknown charge - and Zachary Robert Tiedgen, 21 - a backup defensive lineman - is charged with disorderly conduct. They also arrested Daniel James Rosselot, 20 - who was cited for third-degree assault - and Dillon James Lawrence, 20 - who was cited for interference with a police offer.

Police also cited 27-year-old Alan Burke, owner of Big Al's Security Team.

During the party, when a fight broke out Burke jumped into the pool and charged into the crowd with his fists flying, according to police at witnesses.

Police on Thursday cited Burke with false reporting and assault in connection with the Aug. 27 party.

Burke, 27, was not initially cited by police. That changed after investigators reviewed video taken by the complex's security system. Reached Thursday afternoon, Burke declined to comment before talking to his attorney.

The property owner - Campus Crossing's at Ram's Pointe - were issued an municipal citation on Thursday for a "nuisance gathering." The citation carries a fine of up to $1,000. The costs of the party are still being tabulated.

The party began at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ram's Pointe, 2250 W. Elizabeth St., in west Fort Collins about 20 minutes the Colorado State University football team had completed a closed scrimmage. Both Skelton and Tiedgen took part in the scrimmage.

Police were called about two hours after the party began, and Fort Collins Police Lt. Dave Haywood told the Coloradoan on Saturday that fire and ambulance responders were "overwhelmed with alcohol-overdose cases."

Haywood said at the time the assaults were related to a fight.
The four students cited by police may also face university sanctions.

The sanctions that may be imposed by CSU are in addition to criminal penalties the students face, said Dean of Students Jody Donovan.

Donovan said university officials are still gathering information about the Facebook-organized party that drew an estimated 2,000 to 4,000 revelers to the Ram's Pointe complex.

"There will be consequences for those who were cited," Donovan said.

Donovan said the university has worked hard to educate students about the dangers of binge and underage drinking. She said the vast majority of incoming freshmen complete an online alcohol-awareness class before they arrive on campus. And she said statistics show the majority of CSU students make responsible decisions regarding alcohol.

While CSU can educate and inform, she said, students are ultimately responsible for their own behavior.

"At the end of the day, the students have to take responsibility for their decisions," Donovan said. "Sometimes they have to learn things the hard way."

Donovan urged all CSU students who attended the party to consider whether they made the right decision in staying as it grew larger and larger. She said she was glad that for most people, the party ended peacefully and safely.

"They put themselves as risk, and we want them to reflect on that experience and learn from it," Donovan added.

Fort Collins police spokesman Rita Davis said no more arrests are anticipated.

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