By Keith J. Allen
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 4, 1997

Police Beat

Four men were arrested on criminal damage charges Tuesday after a Tucson Police Department officer saw them throwing rocks at six vehicles in the Main Gate Parking Garage, 815 E. Second St.

University police reports stated that a Tucson police officer was patrolling at about 2 a.m. when he saw four men throwing rocks at vehicles parked on the garage's west side. Reports stated that the TPD officer followed the men and stopped them at East Speedway Boulevard and North Euclid Avenue.

All four men, Christopher C. Morigeau, 19, and Paul M. Lagrosse, 19, both of the 3000 block of West Grape Drive; Nicholas A. Farmer, 18, of a general delivery address; and Brandt L. Winder, 20, of the 200 block of West Flores Street, denied throwing rocks at the vehicles and said that four other men had done the damage, police reports stated.

Police reports stated that four vehicles facing west had damage to their windshields, one facing east had its rear windshield smashed and another had a right rear tail light broken.

The men told police they were happy that the University of Arizona basketball team won, and that they were celebrating.

University police arrested each of the four men on a charge of criminal damage based on the Tucson police officer's statements and the damage seen, police reports stated.

The four men were cited and released.

A 16-year-old boy was cited on a disorderly conduct charge after a man complained about the noise level coming from the boy's car Tuesday near East Sixth Street and North Warren Avenue.

A Pima County Sheriff's deputy was directing traffic at the intersection at about 10:30 a.m. when a man in a Toyota van stopped and complained to the deputy about the noise coming from a Ford Mustang following the van, university police reports stated.

The deputy asked the driver of the Mustang to pull over to the curb and told the him about the complaint.

The 16-year-old told the deputy he had removed his amplifier and did not have the capability to make a "loud, booming noise."

The deputy asked the boy to demonstrate the stereo.

Police reports stated that before the boy started the car, the deputy saw the boy reach to a knob on the right side of the stereo and turn it. Reports stated that as he turned the knob, the stereo was not "very loud."

The deputy asked the boy to step out of the car, and the deputy then turned the knob, which created a "deafening loud booming sound," police reports stated.

The boy was cited on a charge of disorderly conduct and released at the scene.

A male student reported damage Tuesday to the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house, 638 E. University Blvd.

The student told university police that his roommate showed him where a glass pane above the house's front door had been broken and where a gouge had been taken out of a design carved on the house's front door.

The student told police that two members of the fraternity across the street, Beta Theta Pi, had seen and chased the men who caused the damage.

Police met with a male student in a house across from the fraternity who said he did not see the two men actually cause the damage. However, the student told police he heard a noise about 1:15 a.m. and looked outside to see two men running eastbound on University Boulevard.

The student described the two men as Caucasian and "college-aged" with very short hair that was almost shaved. The student also said that the men may have had their arms and heads painted red and blue.

The value of the damage to the house was unknown.

University police found a car tipped on its driver's side Monday in Lot 4051 near the intersection of East First Street and North Highland Avenue.

Police turned the 1984 Toyota upright about 11:20 p.m.

The car's damage consisted of a broken driver's side mirror and a broken driver's side tail light lens. Police reports stated there also may have been some minor body damage to the car. Nothing was taken from the vehicle.

Police assumed that the car was tipped over by a group of people after the University of Arizona basketball team's championship win over the University of Kentucky.

The value of the car's damage was unknown.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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