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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
April 9, 1999
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A student called university police Wednesday afternoon to report that someone forged e-mails in his name, police reports stated.

The student, a Naval ROTC staff member, told police the e-mails went out to other ROTC members, reports stated.

He told officers he discovered the e-mails April 1. The individual who sent the documents allegedly used the student's name to set up an e-mail account.

UA Center for Computing and Information Technology employees and workers with the e-mail account company told officers they wanted to file a police report.

The suspect reportedly sent several e-mails to NROTC personnel saying the student was homosexual, reports stated.

One e-mail stated, "It's been difficult finding the words to say to someone who has been there for me all the way. I wish I could offer you some comfort on this day as I share my coming out to you, that is 'I'm gay.'"

The e-mail message continued, "My wife is really a man too. I mean hell, doesn't she look like a doggone man? I'm asking for a doggone dishonorable discharge. Good luck in your careers," reports stated.

The student told police he thought the suspect might be a former ROTC member who was removed from the program last semester for e-mail fraud and other reasons, reports stated.

Police were called Wednesday to the Social Sciences building, 1145 E. South Campus Drive, after someone reported smelling smoke.

The officer smelled smoke when he arrived at 5:30 p.m. and was directed to the third floor. Police entered an office and found a smoldering garbage can, police reports stated.

Tucson Fire Department firefighters took the trash can into a bathroom and filled it with water, reports stated.

Police found several cigarette butts in the trash can.

An officer spoke with an employee who said he was smoking in the room. The employee told police he put the cigarette butts in the trash can and assumed they were extinguished, reports stated.

A Tucson woman called police Monday morning to report her cellular phone stolen, police reports stated.

She told officers her fiancé was on campus with her cell phone strapped to his belt April 1 between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., reports stated.

The woman told police she called the phone number several times. Someone answered the phone each time, but refused to speak, reports stated.

The woman canceled her cellular phone service.

A student called police Monday afternoon to report her purse stolen, police reports stated.

The student told police she placed the purse inside her backpack at 2 p.m. and then left it inside a Center for Computing and Information Technology office, 1077 N. Highland Ave.

When she returned to the office at 2:40 p.m., the purse was missing from her bag.

The student had a driver's license, three bank cards, a CatCard and $40 in cash, reports stated.

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