NIU student from St. Charles faces drug charge

DeKALB – Two Northern Illinois University students were charged, and one was arrested, after police said they found more than half an ounce of marijuana and alcohol in their dorm room.

Olivia Lolis, 18, of the 700 block of South 10th Street, St. Charles, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol. Laura J. Ridgeway, 19, of the 400 block of South Quincy Street, Hinsdale, was charged with underage possession of alcohol.

An NIU police officer was doing a routine building check Feb. 14 when she noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the women’s dorm room, court records show.

Ridgeway told police her roommate, who was off-campus with her boyfriend at the time, sells marijuana, court records show.

A search warrant filed Feb. 20 regarding NIU police’s search of the women’s Neptune East dorm room showed police found marijuana in
a jar, a pipe with marijuana residue, a digital scale and a bottle of rum among other things.

In a phone conversation, the NIU officer heard Lolis say she’d give Ridgeway $100 if she had the police go away, court records show.