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By Blake Smith
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
July 12, 2000
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University police on patrol Saturday night arrested two Tucson men for drinking in public, reports stated.

Officers were passing the area of Sixth Street and Park Avenue when they saw what appeared to be one of the men, Scott Moore, 32, of the 300 block of North Park Avenue, move a beer can to his mouth.

Surrounding the two men, who were sitting at a bus stop, were several open cans of Milwaukee's Ice beer, reports stated.

Officers approached the men and asked Moore for his identification.

As Moore began to pull his picture ID out, he stopped and told officers that he did not have to produce confirmation of his identity because the officers were not from the Tucson Police Department, reports stated.

Moore was asked again for his identification and refused to show it to police.

Officers then informed the man that he was under arrest and proceeded to place one of his wrists in handcuffs.

Moore refused to give police his other wrist, so officers applied pressure to the left wrist of the man and "escorted" him to the ground, reports stated.

He was put into the back of the patrol car as officers spoke to Moore's accomplice, Russel Pope, 35, of the 400 block of East Ninth Street.

Pope told police that Moore had bought the beer.

Pope was cited and released for drinking in public. Moore was arrested on the same charge, but was taken to Pima County Jail and booked.

University police arrested a man Friday morning after the suspect refused to heed warnings from the officer to not drink from a beer can that he had picked from the trash, reports stated.

An officer on patrol near Sixth Street and Park Avenue witnessed Steve Romero, 36, of a general delivery address, take a beer can from a garbage can on the southeast corner of the intersection.

When it appeared that Romero intended to drink from the can, the officer told Romero over the patrol car's public address system: "I wouldn't do that if I were you," reports stated.

Romero looked at the officer and drank from the can.

The officer then stopped Romero, and asked him why he drank from the can, to which the man replied, "I like beer," reports stated.

Romero then refused to give his name and became argumentative.

He was placed under arrest and told the officer that his name was "Steve," but said he did not have a last name and did not know his date of birth, reports stated.

Romero was cited and released for drinking in public.

UAPD dispatch received a call Sunday from employees at the Flandrau Planetarium, 1601 E. University Blvd., reporting that a female was making threatening statements, reports stated.

Employees told police that the woman, who was in her late 40s, came into the building and began making statements about lasers.

She then became agitated and walked up to one of the employees and held a feather in front of their face.

While holding up the feather, the woman told the worker that they would "look into the eyes of death" and "suffer the consequences," reports stated.

The woman, who reportedly smelled of alcohol, added that she used to work at the Planetarium.

Employees told police that they did not want the woman to return and wanted the welfare of the woman checked out, reports stated.

The workers refused to press charges for making threatening statements.

Police on patrol Saturday morning near The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., arrested a Tucson man after witnessing him throw up on the side of the building, reports stated.

An officer who was patrolling the area approached the man and could smell the odor of alcohol coming from Marcos Quiroz, 20, of the 700 block of East Oregon.

When asked, Quiroz told police that he had been drinking at The Rock.

In Quiroz's wallet, police discovered a driver's license belonging to a 22-year-old man.

The suspect refused to answer whether he used the license to enter The Rock and could not remember how much he had to drink.

A records check returned an outstanding warrant for failure to appear.

Quiroz was arrested for minor in possession of spirituous liquor and was taken to Pima County Jail where he was served with the outstanding warrant.

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

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