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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday Feb. 25, 2002

Cochise Residence Hall was victimized by an act of arson Friday, police reports stated.

A fire alarm went off at 2:10 a.m. inside Cochise Residence Hall, 1018 E. South Campus Drive. Police evacuated the building and the Tucson Fire Department went through the hall. They were unable to see any smoke or fire but did notice that several posters, fliers and bulletin boards had been burnt, reports stated.

Officers went to the third floor and investigated the scene while residents waited outside until 4 a.m. Police looked through the burnt objects and placed them into evidence. Some of the charred objects included a Girl Scout flier, a Martin Luther King Jr. flier, a "setting goals" poster and a paper cutout pumpkin, reports stated.

Officers also found some writing on the third-floor hall that read, "another victim of the Phantom Arsonist," reports stated. The writing was photographed.

A resident assistant told police that he has smelled smoke in the past and that people have been lighting small fires in the residence hall all semester, reports stated.

Police took the surveillance tape and left the building, reports stated.

A UMC employee received a vulgar phone call from an unknown man Thursday, reports stated.

The employee told police she received the phone call at approximately 11:10 a.m. The caller asked to speak with an ex-employee and then asked for the employee, who answered the phone by name.

The caller then told the employee that she had a sexy voice and made a series of vulgar remarks.

The employee asked who the caller was before he hung up. She tried to trace the call but the number was blocked, reports stated.

She told police she didn't recognize the man's voice and that she has never received obscene calls in the past.

A UA student and a 17-year-old male were cited Friday after an RA smelled marijuana coming from a room at a campus residence hall, reports stated.

The RA escorted police to the Palm Shadows Apartment Complex room where the odor was believed to be coming from. Officers heard talking in the room and knocked on the door. After they knocked, all the talking stopped, but nobody answered the door, reports stated.

One resident answered the door after police knocked three more times.

Officers asked if there was anyone else in the room and where they were. The resident had the two people in the back room come out, and told her roommate to get out of the bathroom.

Police separated the resident who answered the door from the guests and her roommate and spoke to her.

"We were smoking," she told police, reports stated.

When police asked what substance she was smoking, she said pot, reports stated.

She also said that she and the 17-year-old male were the only ones who had been smoking. Officers spoke with the male who confirmed what the resident had said.

Her roommate told police she didn't know what was going on because she had just woken up and gotten into the shower. When police asked her what was going on in the apartment a second time she said that somebody was smoking marijuana.

She told officers she didn't know who had been smoking pot because she was in the shower.

The two residents consented to a search of their room. Police found two half-inch joints in the room. One was on top of a candle and the other was in a soda can, reports stated.

Police also found some rolling paper. Police took the items and placed them into evidence at the University of Arizona Police Department, reports stated.

The resident who answered the door was cited and released on suspicion of unlawful possession of marijuana.

The male was cited and released into the custody of his mother, reports stated.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department Records. For a complete list of UAPD activity, the daily resumÄ can be found at


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