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Two people were arrested Thursday in connection to the Barack Obama effigy that was found hanging from a tree on the UK campus Wednesday morning.
Joe Fischer, a UK student and former football walk-on, and Hunter Bush, a Lexington resident, were arrested by UK Police on charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree disorderly conduct and theft by unlawful taking. Second-degree burglary is a felony, and the other two charges are misdemeanors.
Police said the two individuals broke into a fraternity house on campus and stole some materials used to make the effigy. Maj. Joe Monroe, UKâ€™s interim police chief.
FarmHouse Fraternity President Adam French confirmed the fraternity gave information to the police. He declined comment on what was stolen from the fraternity house, saying he did not want to compromise the investigation. He did confirm that the stolen item or items did not include an effigy.
Fischer and Bush turned themselves in at the UK police station and were arrested at 3:38 p.m., Monroe said. The two made the effigy after seeing a life-size representation of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging from the front of a West Hollywood manâ€™s house.
Bush and Fischer told police they regretted their actions, Monroe said.
Both are currently being detained at the Fayette County Detention Center and will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Friday in Fayette County District Court.
UK Police received a report at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday that a likeness of Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, was hanging from a tree between Parking Structure #2 and the Mining and Mineral Resources Building near a walkway to W. T. Young Library. Members of UKâ€™s physical plant division cut the effigy down at 8:25 a.m. using a crane, UK spokeswoman Kathy Johnson said.
As news of the effigy spread across campus, several people came forward to police with information on the incident, Monroe said. UK Police then met with members of a FarmHouse Fraternity, that led to the arrests of the suspects.
In response to the arrest, UK President Lee Todd sent a campus-wide e-mail and commended UK Police for its â€œprofessional and expedient action in this case.â€
Todd also said the UK student is subject to disciplinary action as defined in the universityâ€™s Student Code of Conduct and Governing Regulations of the University.
â€œAn initial determination of responsibility for a violation of the code and an appropriate sanction is made by the Dean of Students Office,â€ Todd said in the e-mail. â€œIn this process, all studentsâ€™ records including any disciplinary records are confidential in accordance with university regulations, and state and federal law.â€