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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
March 5, 1999
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A university employee called police Tuesday afternoon after she heard what she believed was a man making a drug deal.

The staff member told police she saw the man talking on the phone Feb. 28 at 3:30 p.m. behind the Main Library's information desk, 1510 E. University Blvd.

She said the man was asking someone about the "purchase of hashish," police reports stated.

The employee told police the man asked "how much" and stated "Sunday evening," reports stated.

The employee was unable to give police further details.

Police referred three male students to the Dean of Students Diversion Program Monday night after he saw them with a glass pipe, police reports stated.

The officer was on patrol at 11:41 p.m. when he spotted the students sitting on the top level of the Main Gate parking garage, 815 E. Second St.

One of the students reportedly had a pipe and small bag in his possession, containing what the officer believed to be marijuana. Police confiscated the items.

Another one of the involved students recommended to the officer that he pour out the water in the pipe before placing it into his evidence bag, reports stated.

The student was not carrying an ID, but agreed to go back to his Manzanita-Mohave dorm room and show the officer his identification, reports stated.

The officer checked the student's identification and then left his dorm room. As the officer left the residence hall, the pipe slipped out of his hands and shattered on the sidewalk, reports stated.

The suspected marijuana was placed into evidence.

A resident assistant called police Wednesday afternoon after he saw what he believed to be a marijuana pipe, police reports stated.

The RA, from Kaibab-Huachuca dorm, 922 E. Fourth St., told police he was in a student's room Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The resident assistant said he was chatting with the student when he noticed what he believed was a pipe, reports stated.

The RA told police he saw the student place the pipe in his pocket. Officers were unable to contact the student but plan to try again, reports stated.

Police arrested a Tucson man Wednesday morning after officers confirmed he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest, police reports stated.

Police went to a UA parking lot on East Sixth Street and North Fremont Avenue after receiving a call about a suspicious vehicle. Officers saw Shane Lee Halbut, 30, of the 11000 block of Anne Marie Drive leaving the lot at 10:21 a.m.

The officer stopped Halbut and cited him for driving with a suspended license and having no car insurance, police reports stated.

Police also confirmed Halbut's two warrants from the Pima County Sheriff's Office for failure to appear on citations for lacking a dog license and current pet vaccination, reports stated.

Halbut was taken to Pima County Jail and released by pre-trial services.

An employee called police Wednesday morning after items were stolen from her office in the Meinel building, 1630 E. University Blvd.

The staff member told police she placed a bag in her office at 3 p.m. Tuesday. When she returned to her office at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, a scented candle from her bag and $19.75 from her desk were missing, police reports stated.

Police arrested a Tucson man on suspicion of trespassing early Wednesday morning after he was caught sleeping in the University Medical Center Library, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

The officer saw Hugh Clayton Byers, 38, of a general delivery address, sleeping in a chair on the fourth floor of the library at 4:33 a.m.

Police asked Byers if he was a student or staff member, and Byers told officers he was not, police reports stated.

The officer remembered Byers from previous encounters and records stated that the man had been verbally warned for trespassing on numerous occasions.

Byers was taken to Pima County Jail and booked, reports stated.

A student called police Monday afternoon after his bicycle was stolen from the bike rack at the Corleone Residence Hall, 1330 N. Park Ave., police reports stated.

The student told police he leaned his bike against the rack without locking it at 7 p.m. Feb. 28., police reports stated.

When he returned at midnight, his red $200 Trek bike was gone, reports stated.

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