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Police Beat

By Maya Schechter

Arizona Summer Wildcat

A university employee contacted police on June 6 when he noticed graffiti on the white board outside his UMC office.

The employee said he left his office at University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., at 5:15 on June 5, and when he returned at 8:15 the next morning, noticed the word "hotto," meaning "faggot" in Spanish written on the two-by-three-inch whiteboard, reports stated.

The employee erased the word and put the whiteboard in another office. He told police the board was also defaced in January and March but did not report it.

Police have no suspects or witness information.

University police responded to the College of Medicine Friday when an employee found a damaged feminine napkin dispenser in one of college's bathrooms.

The employee said he found the damaged dispenser at 6:50 p.m. and notified his supervisor to inform him of the situation before contacting police, reports stated.

Upon initial observation of the dispenser, police found the two locks on the machine were bent as if someone forced it open. The dispenser was bent inward, possibly to gain access to the coins or products, reports stated.

There were no tampons or maxi pads left in the machine, but there were seven quarters left behind. Six of the coins were jammed in the coin slot, which were retrieved by the employee.

The employee told police this area of the college was not his usual work area and the employees that cover the area come in between 3 and 11 a.m.

There are no suspects or witnesses at this time.

A Tucson man was arrested on charges of minor in possession in control of a motor vehicle Sunday.

University police pulled over Patrick McGrath, 20, of the 100 block of North Jessica Avenue, who was driving a Mustang eastbound on East Sixth Street from North Highland Avenue, reports stated.

The officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol from the inside the vehicle and the driver had red, bloodshot eyes, reports stated.

When McGrath stepped out of the vehicle, he used the door for support, and the officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. McGrath agreed to perform field sobriety tests. He told the officer he drank two or three beers, but did not feel the effects of the alcohol, reports stated.

McGrath was arrested at 12:40 a.m. and after taking a breath test, had a blood alcohol level of 0.087 at 1 a.m., reports stated.

McGrath was released at the scene to a friend.

Three Tucson men were arrested for trespassing early Sunday morning after police saw them running from a university pool.

Timothy Canning, 36, of the 3100 block of East Placita Plaza, Wade Hanson, 25, of the 700 block of North Second Avenue, and Felipe Tapia, 23, of the 4200 block of East Hawthorne Street, were seen running across North Campbell Avenue, away from the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, 1824 E. Enke St., and were wearing wet clothes, reports stated.

After an officer asked Hanson why he was running, Hanson replied he was just trying to have some fun and had been swimming at the Hillenbrand pool. Another officer asked Canning and Tapia what they had been doing and said they were jogging in the area and their wet clothes were from sweat, reports stated.

Canning and Tapia continued to deny that they had been swimming. After Hanson told police that each of them dove from the high platform twice, Tapia admitted he had been swimming. Canning still denied the actions, reports stated.

Hanson told police it was his idea to go into the pool, and the men had jumped over the wall of the northeast corner of the center to get in. He also admitted to drinking and all three exhibited signs of intoxication, reports stated.

The three men were arrested for trespassing and were released on site. Hanson had an outstanding warrant through Tucson Police and was taken to Pima County Jail for booking.

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