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Best of Police Beat for 2000-01

By Jose Ceja, Kristopher Califano, Rachel Schick and Blake Smith

Arizona Daily Wildcat

Editor's Note: Police Beat is printed every day throughout the academic year. The following is a collection of entries selected for their humor or peculiar acts. Names have been eliminated. The dates are irrelevant.

Three UA students were seen hitting golf balls and pumpkin debris into oncoming traffic Friday morning, police reports stated.

Police were called to 1215 N. Euclid Ave. after they received reports that people were hitting golf balls into southbound traffic on Euclid Avenue.

Officers saw two males, both 19, of the 1200 block of East Adams Street, hitting shards of pumpkins with golf clubs. Another UA student, 19, of the 1200 block of Euclid Avenue, was with them. The pieces of vegetable were seen striking cars in the street, reports stated.

While talking with the students, officers noticed that they all had a strong odor of intoxicants and had red watery eyes. The students admitted to underage drinking and were cited and released for suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol.

A student was cited Thursday afternoon after he cleaned his own urine off a UA building, reports stated.

A UA employee saw an 18-year-old male, of the 1100 block of East Sixth Street, urinating on the Office of Technology Transfer building, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd. The employee asked what he was doing and then called police.

Officers arrived at the scene and questioned the man. He admitted to urinating on the building and said that he was sorry for doing it. He also told police that he had already cleaned the urine off of the building.

The student was cited and released on suspicion of urinating in public, reports stated.

A female student called University police Thursday evening from a UA parking lot after a man apologized to her for masturbating in public, police reports stated.

The woman saw the man masturbating between two cars while she was walking to her car on the fourth level of the Cherry Avenue Garage, 1641 E. Enke St. The man saw the woman and approached her. He said "I'm so sorry," while continuing to masturbate, reports stated.

A UA employee called police Monday morning after fruit juice was poured on his car while it was parked at a campus lot, reports stated.

The vandalism occurred some time between Thursday afternoon and Monday morning at the west parking lot of 540 N. Vine Ave.

The car's windshield, hood and side window were covered in the fruit juice. An empty fruit juice container was found on the ground near the vehicle.

The employee told police that he was "50 percent" sure that another UA employee was responsible for vandalizing his car.

The juice was washed off, and there was no damage done to the vehicle. The employee did not wish for the suspect to be contacted by police, reports stated.

Two UA students were arrested yesterday for smoking and possessing a "green, leafy substance."

An officer responded to Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave., after a resident assistant from the neighboring La Paz Residence Hall said she had seen marijuana being smoked from outside a window, reports stated.

The officer approached the room of the residents and said he smelled a very strong odor of burning marijuana.

The two males gave the officer one baggie and a one-foot bong and were then read their Miranda rights. They told the officer there was no more drug paraphernalia or similar baggies in the room, reports stated.

The officer then noticed another baggie, containing the same substance and odor of marijuana, in the room. The students said they forgot it was there, reports stated.

One blue and yellow glass "Graffix"-brand bong in a blue cardboard tube, two pipe cleaners, one baggie containing 7.4 grams of a green, leafy substance and one baggie containing 15.2 grams of a green, leafy substance were taken as evidence.

A UA student was hit with an egg while walking on campus Thursday, reports stated.

The student said he was walking in front of Graham-Greenlee Residence Hall, 610 N. Highland Ave., Thursday night when someone from inside a black car threw an egg at him, hitting his shoe, reports stated.

The student said other eggs were thrown but did not land close to him, reports stated. Officers patrolled the area for a car matching the student's description, but were unsuccessful. The student said he did not get a good look at the egg-throwers because he ducked, reports stated.

It is not known if anyone else was hit with eggs. There are no suspects at this time.

A UA student called police Thursday after noticing a stranger in bed with her, reports stated.

The student, a resident of Palm Shadows Apartments, 1815 E. Speedway Blvd., said she woke up after feeling a cold hand on her thigh, reports stated.

The student told the man to get off of her, reports stated.

The student said the man told her to make some room for him in the bed, and after she said that she wouldn't, he said, "But you invited me," reports stated.

After hearing the argument, the student's roommate woke up and both women realized that the man was not with either of them, reports stated.

The man left after looking for his jacket, and the students alerted police, reports stated.

Both students told police they did not wish to press charges, and the first student said she did not feel threatened at any time, reports stated.

A red and black jacket, presumably the man's, was also found in the apartment and taken as evidence, reports stated.

There are no suspects at this time.

A UA employee intervened in a possible theft of men's basketball junior forward Richard Jefferson's jersey and underwear from the team's locker room Friday, reports stated.

The employee confronted two unidentified males inside McKale Center, 1721 E. Enke Drive, after seeing them enter a locker room used to house uniforms for the men's basketball team, reports stated.

The employee noticed that one of the suspects had a jersey with the number 44 - Jefferson's number - on it and several undergarments, reports stated.

The employee took the items and called police after the two men left the locker room, but police were unable to find anyone matching the men's descriptions.

The employee said she called police because the men "did not look like athletes," reports stated.

There are no suspects at this time, but the undergarments and jersey were secured.

University police went to a campus sorority Saturday afternoon after a flying toilet seat nearly hit a sorority worker, reports stated.

Officers arrived at the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, 1443 E. First St., and interviewed the house mother. She told police that a sorority worker was nearly hit by a toilet seat flung from the third floor of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, 1423 E. First St., reports stated.

She also told them that sorority staff members had to remove several broken beer bottles found on the west side of the property earlier that morning.

According to reports, a sorority member told police the bottles found on the house's property were also thrown from the Kappa Sigma house.

The woman told police that men at the fraternity yelled, "Why don't you put on a show for us?" and then began tossing bottles at the house the previous night.

Police went to the Kappa Sigma house and interviewed two members who admitted that they had thrown soap and a license plate onto the roof of the house, but denied throwing beer bottles and the toilet seat, reports stated.

The worker nearly hit by the toilet seat said the Kappa Sigma members who were interviewed by police were not the people who threw the projectile.

Without police knowledge, the Kappa Sigma members apparently went to speak with the house mother.

The mother, who initially told police that she wanted to pursue criminal charges, changed her mind after talking to the men. Fraternity members helped clean up remaining bottles after evidence photos were taken.

Pizzas were stolen outside of a restaurant Wednesday night, reports stated.

A Black Jack Pizza employee was delivering pizzas to Gentle Ben's Brewing Company, 865 E. University Blvd. The employee called police after he saw a man running away from his parked vehicle with a pizza bag in his hand.

The employee returned to his car and noticed that his bag and three pizzas were gone.

Officers spoke with two UA students who witnessed the crime. They told police that they also saw a man running away from the employee's car with the pizzas. They added the man ran south on North Tyndall Avenue, reports stated.

A student was arrested Monday afternoon on campus after he drew a penis on city property, reports stated.

A parking and transportation officer was at East First Street and North Tyndall Avenue when he saw a man writing on a construction barricade. The man then left the scene in a white car. The parking officer called police and alerted them of the situation and the direction that the man left.

Police caught up with a white vehicle on North Euclid Avenue and East Second Street. They spoke with the driver, a 20-year-old male.

Officers were worried the man might be carrying a weapon. They asked him to empty his pockets. He pulled out a permanent black marker. Police asked him if he had written on any property that did not belong to him today.

When police questioned the man about the incident, he admitted to drawing a penis on the barricade and said, "I make myself laugh and I get a kick out of it. It helps me escape."

Police told him that he should talk to someone about his feelings. He said, "Why? No one listens. Talking does no good. I'm done with this. I'm tired of getting dicked by the university," reports stated.

The male was cited and released on suspicion of criminal damage. Police suggested that he utilized other methods of voicing his frustrations without causing damage to other people's property.



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