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By Liz Dailey
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 8, 1999
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University police referred two students to the Dean of Students' Diversion Program Thursday night after they admitted to possessing marijuana.

An officer near the UA's Fine Arts complex at 10:15 p.m. smelled what he believed was burning marijuana, police reports stated.

The officer saw two men sitting on the east side of the Marroney Theater, 1031 N. Olive Road, with an open guitar case that held a small amount of what police believed was marijuana, reports stated.

The officer checked the two students' identification and found neither had criminal records, reports stated.

One of the students, a Coronado Hall resident, gave the officer a plastic bag with the alleged marijuana. The other student, from Cochise Residence Hall, gave the officer a wooden box with a metal cigarette inside.

The officers found what they believed was a small amount of suspected marijuana inside the cigarette. Both students were released after they agreed to participate in the Diversion Program, reports stated.

Police arrested a student on suspicion of possessing false identification Thursday morning after the student came to pick up his wallet, police reports stated.

Damian Alexander Areyan went to UAPD headquarters, 1500 E. Lowell St., at 9:11 a.m.

An officer asked Areyan, 20, of the 1500 block of Painted Colt Loop, why he had an Arizona identification card and California drivers license with different birth dates.

Areyan told police he received the ID card with his California drivers license. The student said the California Department of Motor Vehicles issued him a license with the wrong birth date, but he decided "not to have the card changed," reports stated. Areyan was cited and released.

An employee called police Thursday afternoon after his tennis shoes and leg brace were stolen from his gym locker.

The employee told police he left his shoes and brace in a locker in the Bear Down Gym, 1428 E. University Blvd., at 1 p.m. Jan. 29.

He said he went to retrieve his possessions from the locker Wednesday at 11:45 a.m., but found his items missing and an old pair of old tennis shoes in the locker, reports stated. The employee also told police his lock was broken.

Police arrested a man Tuesday on suspicion of burglary after he was seen fiddling with a locker in the Bear Down Gym.

The arrestee is still being held in Pima County Jail and officers believe the two cases may be related, reports stated.

UAPD investigators plan to follow the case.

Police arrested two people on suspicion of loitering Thursday afternoon after an employee allegedly saw them panhandling in front of the Campus Athletic retail store, 936 E. University Blvd.

The employee told police the two people were asked to move at 12:50 p.m. The man, Anthony L. Vaughn, of a general delivery address, told the employee he was waiting for someone but would move soon, police reports stated.

The employee told police that Vaughn, 25, and the woman, Michelle Lynn Estle, 20, continued to panhandle despite being asked to leave, reports stated.

When police arrived at 1:22 p.m., Vaughn and Estle were gone.

Officers found them on the east side of the Park Student Union, 615 N. Park Ave., reports stated.

Vaughn and Estle denied panhandling. They were both cited and released.

An employee called police Thursday afternoon after receiving what she believed was a racially-harassing letter, police reports stated.

The three-page letter was sent to the American Indian Studies Department in the Harvill building, 1130 E. Second St., reports stated.

The employee told police she found the document at 3 p.m. and it was postmarked from Oakland, Calif.

A Parking and Transportation Services employee called police Thursday afternoon after she found a reportedly-stolen Zone One parking permit being used by another student, police reports stated.

Police went to the Main Gate building, 888 N. Euclid Ave., at 4:57 p.m. and spoke with the student who was using the allegedly-stolen permit.

The student gave the police the name of another student who had allegedly supplied the permit.

The student also offered to help contact the other student, reports stated.

UAPD investigators are looking into the case and no arrests have been made.

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