(USA TODAY) - It looks like it will be a while before the Secret Service lives down the Colombian prostitution scandal.
Fox News is reporting that the service has earned "an 'Animal House' reputation" during President Obama's vacations on Martha's Vineyard.
"Local residents say wild parties, fights and late-night carousing involving Secret Service members have become commonplace in recent years at the Vineyard, a favorite getaway for the First Family and longtime destination for upper-crust members of the Northeastern political, media and business establishment," says Fox.
One unnamed resident is quoted as saying: "I expect parties during the summer. People come here to have fun -- they're on vacation ... But I didn't think it'd be Secret Service people here protecting the president."
Secret Service spokesman Max Milien told Fox that the agency "has not received any complaints or information regarding alleged misconduct of its personnel operating in Martha's Vineyard during the summer of 2011. Any information brought to our attention that can be assessed as credible will be followed up on in an appropriate manner."
The report comes a couple of months after reports that agency personnel solicited prostitutes just says before Obama's arrival for a conference in Cartagena, Colombia, led to dismissals, discipline, and public embarrassment.
Also from Fox News:
Trashed rental homes, bad behavior and barroom brawls that have required the local police to step in have some disgusted Martha's Vineyard homeowners vowing never to rent out to the Secret Service again. And while none of the disturbing behavior appeared to have any direct effect on the president's safety, some occurred even as the president and his family were nearby.
One resident called police in the early morning on Aug. 18, 2011, about a party that went on until well past 4 a.m. on the day President Obama arrived for a nine-day vacation. Cars were parked on a lawn strewn with beer bottles and young women went in and out of the house as shouts from a spirited foosball game pierced the wee-hours air, neighbors told FoxNews.com. ...
Several locals said they were disturbed the agents seemed to treat the president's vacation as their own, even though the agents were on duty. Among the complaints are that some agents used their status to skip out on bar tabs, or using restricted parking areas while out boozing it up at local bars.
"They think they own the place, that they're above the law," said a bartender at the Wharf, a bar in Edgartown across the road from where White House advance team and Signal Corp communications teams set up shop in the month before the president's arrival on the Vineyard. "[They'll say], 'I kill people for a living,' 'the President of the United States is alive because of me,'" the bartender said.