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By Maya Schechter

Arizona Summer Wildcat

A UA law school employee contacted police Wednesday when she noticed two of the college's cars had been damaged in a university parking garage.

The two cars - belonging to James E. Rogers, whom the college is named for - are leased to the college and were damaged sometime between May 25 and Wednesday in the Park Avenue Garage, 1140 N. Park Ave, reports stated.

The employee showed police the numerous scratches on the hood of a brown Lincoln, which appeared to be made with a sharp metal object consistent with a key or screwdriver, reports stated. She also noticed the word "asshole" had been scratched into the hood.

The college's white Ford Expedition also had scratches on its hood, consistent with the scratches made on the Lincoln. Both cars were parked in reserved spaces for the College of Law.

Police were unable to process the vehicles for fingerprints because of dirt. There are no suspects at this time.


University police found a "green leafy substance" and drug paraphernalia in a stolen vehicle Thursday, reports stated.

Two officers noticed a vehicle parked at Circle K, 977 E. Speedway Blvd., and upon a license plate check, found the car to be reported stolen on May 27 through Tucson Police Department.

The vehicle was unlocked and the driver's side window was down. Upon initial search of the car, an officer found a small, clear container with a blue top containing green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, located on the passenger seat, reports stated.

Police then found miscellaneous items scattered throughout the vehicle, including a hypodermic needle in the center console and a three-inch chrome metal pipe - with what was believed to be marijuana resin in the bowl - in the bed of the truck, reports stated.

The officers spoke with a Circle K employee who said he saw a man looking under the hood of the car a few days earlier. He described the male as "hefty" or "stocky," wearing a white tank top and jean shorts, reports stated.

The employee said the man was in the Circle K parking lot for no more than three minutes, and did not see which direction he left toward. He could not assist with a composite drawing because of his limited view of the man's backside.

Police searched for fingerprints but were not successful. There are no suspects at this time.


A UA employee contacted police Friday when his belongings were stolen from a locker while he was at the Student Recreation Center.

The employee said he locked his items in the men's locker room at the Rec Center, 1400 E. Sixth St., at 1:45 p.m. and returned an hour later to find the lock missing and the locker empty.

The missing items include a pair of Gap khaki shorts, valued at $30, a black leather wallet, valued at $10, which held the employee's CatCard, Arizona driver's license, an ATM and credit card and $45 in cash.

Police have no evidence or suspects at this time.


An officer responded to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house Saturday when a resident noticed damages to the front window and glass door.

The fraternity member said the damages were done sometime between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday night while the house, 1525 E. Drachman St., was unoccupied, reports stated.

He also told officers he believed the vandalism was connected to a sexual assault incident that was earlier reported and that the acts were retaliatory, reports stated.

No evidence of such a connection was found, and police have no further evidence.


A UA student was arrested early Saturday morning for drunken driving and having an extreme blood alcohol level of more than 0.15, reports stated.

Jose Jesus Gamaz III, of the 4400 block of South Seymour Road, was pulled over at the corner of East Sixth Street and North Sawtelle Avenue when an officer noticed a white Land Rover swerving in its lane and drifting over the lane markers at 1:30 a.m., reports stated.

The police officer activated his flashing lights and Gamaz pulled over and got out of the car. Upon contact with Gamaz, the officer noticed that his eyes were red and bloodshot and gave off a moderate odor of intoxicants, reports stated.

Gamaz admitted to the officer that he had been drinking and agreed to take field sobriety tests. While taking the "walk and turn" test, Gamaz lost his balance three times and stepped off the line six times, reports stated.

The officer then read Gamaz his Miranda rights and arrested him. He was taken to UAPD at 1:45 a.m. and was released to a friend at 3 a.m.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resume can be found at w3.arizona.edu/%7Euapd/Daily%20Resume.htm