By Bryon Wells
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 2, 1998

Police Beat

University police arrested a student on an assault charge Monday after he reportedly hit his roommate on the head with a 5 1/2-pound weight at Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave.

Police arrived at 9:41 p.m. and found a student sitting in the lobby with blood dripping down the back of his head and two of his friends holding shirts on the wound, police reports stated.

The student told police he and his roommate, Brandon W. Arnold, 19, had an argument 10 minutes earlier that led to a fight.

The student told police they were arguing about television, and because Arnold had urinated on a box of his papers March 25 and told him he did it accidentally while sleepwalking.

Police spoke to Arnold in his first-floor room, and he told officers that he called his mother after their argument and asked his roommate to speak to her so she could tell him "to be nice to him," reports stated.

Arnold told police his roommate refused, and they began swearing and pushing each other and wrestling on the floor. Arnold told police his roommate was choking him, so he hit him with a weight that was lying on the floor near them.

The wounded student told police he was lying face down when Arnold hit him twice in the head, reports stated.

Police arrested Arnold on a charge of aggravated assault with a dangerous instrument. He was booked into Pima County Jail and later released.

The bloody student's friends drove him to University Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

University police arrested four students on drug charges Monday after someone reported smelling marijuana coming from a room at the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St.

A student told police he noticed the smell of burning marijuana coming from a third-floor room at 11:32 p.m., police reports stated.

An officer knocked on the door and was greeted by Colleen P. Cullinan, 19, the room's tenant, reports stated.

The officer walked in and saw a ceramic smoking pipe on a desk and a baggie containing suspected marijuana, both of which Cullinan claimed to be hers, along with a bottle of Jose Cuervo Especial tequila, reports stated.

Cullinan told the officer she had smoked "about one to two bowls" of marijuana earlier, and that it "was a stupid thing to do. It wasn't worth it," reports stated.

Cullinan was arrested on charges of marijuana possession and minor in possession of alcohol, then released.

The three other students in the room, identified as Summer N. Debord, 19, Brandi N. Maltman, 18, and Miriam A. Shapiro, 18, all residents of Coronado, also told the officer they had smoked some marijuana, reports stated.

Debord, Maltman and Shapiro were each cited on one count of marijuana possession and released.

Police additionally charged Shapiro with possession of drug paraphernalia after she claimed an 8-inch glass bong that was also found in the room, reports stated.

University police Tuesday responded to reports of funky-smelling people wandering the hallways at the Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave.

According to police reports, several students have noticed three "homeless friends" of a dorm resident periodically roaming the corridors of the hall since Friday.

A student who lives in a second-floor room told police one of the non-students was wandering the halls unescorted and entered her room without knowing she was there, reports stated.

She told police he was looking around her room and was startled when she asked him what he was doing. The student told police he asked her if she had cigarettes and then left.

She added that she has repeatedly seen the group of two men and one woman in the dorm, and that "The stench from them was strong," reports stated.

Other students told police that the rank trio sometimes hangs out in the second-floor lounge, making the room "unavailable" because of their "presence and odor," reports stated.

Police talked to the group at the lounge Tuesday. A resident assistant had told the group they had to stay in their friend's room when visiting because she was not with them. The RA also said he is initiating a hearing to have the resident removed from the dorm for violating escort rules, reports stated.

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

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