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By Dylan McKinley
Arizona Daily Wildcat,
January 19, 2000
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University police arrested a UA student Sunday after she sprayed another student in the face with a self-defense spray, police reports stated.

The victim told police she was standing in an elevator at about 3:52 a.m. in Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., when Michelle Souza, 18, of Arizona-Sonora, sprayed her in the face with an unknown substance, reports stated.

The spray burned the woman's eyes and face.

According to reports, the student told police couldn't identify her assailant because the incident occurred too fast.

Two other witnesses identified Souza to police.

The victim told police she wished to press assault charges against Souza, reports stated.

An officer questioned Souza about the spraying incident, and she told him it was an accident, reports stated.

Souza said she had the spray on her keychain and it went off inadvertently when she entered the elevator, reports stated.

The officer noted in the report that the spray can was in a leather case and had a button guard to prevent the can from spraying inadvertently.

Police confiscated the can of Bodyguard Self-Defense Spray for evidence and cited Souza on suspicion of assault resulting in minor injury.

Souza was released at the scene, and the victim was treated by Tucson Fire Department and released.

A UA student was arrested Friday after a fake parking permit was found in his car.

A UA Parking and Transportation department official noticed the permit in a car belonging to Jeremy Nolting, 19, of Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall, 910 E. Fifth St., and placed a metal boot on a tire to prevent Nolting from operating the car, reports stated.

When Nolting found the boot on his car at about 10:43 a.m., he went to the UA Parking and Transportation department to find out why it was booted, reports stated.

A Parking and Transportation official told him that the permit in his car was not valid and that the department was going to press charges, reports stated.

UAPD arrived a few minutes later and questioned Nolting about the fake permit.

Nolting told police he and a friend had bought one permit, but since there was such a long waiting list to get another one, making a fake from the original one "seemed like the thing to do," reports stated.

Police cited Nolting on suspicion of theft of services less than $250 and released him.

The officer said if the Parking and Transportation department wished to divert Nolting to the Dean of Students Office Diversion Program, that would be acceptable.

Police arrested a man Sunday on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia after questioning him for suspicious activity.

An officer was driving south on North Fremont Avenue from West Drachman Avenue when he saw an older model Ford pickup truck with a man's leg protruding from the open passenger door, reports stated.

The officer stopped to see if the man in the truck was burglarizing the vehicle, reports stated.

When he arrived at the truck, he saw Clark Tarleton, 31, of the 00 block of West Prince Road, laying on the floorboard of the truck with a screwdriver "manipulating part the dashboard," reports stated.

Tarleton exited the vehicle and told police the truck was his and he was fixing a light, reports stated.

The officer asked for identification and Tarleton produced a copy of a photo ID.

As Tarleton gave the paper to the officer, the officer noticed what looked like a syringe sticking out of Tarleton's shirt pocket, reports stated.

Tarleton told the officer he picked it up so no children would find it, but then advised the officer that he might have a warrant for his arrest for a previous drug paraphernalia charge, reports stated.

The officer took the syringe, cited Tarleton on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and advised him of the warrant.

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

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