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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano

Tuesday September 11, 2001

University police found a possible suicide note in the apartment of a UA graduate student Thursday afternoon, reports stated.

Officers spoke with an employee at the Social Sciences building, 1145 E. South Campus Drive. The employee told officers that the graduate student had not shown up for work or classes since Aug. 29. The employee tried to contact her at home, but was unsuccessful.

Police went to the student's apartment and knocked on the front door. After getting no response, officers spoke with the apartment manager, who allowed police to enter the residence.

On the student's desk was a note that stated, "I died of my own free will, nobody else to blame."

University police relayed the information to the Tucson Police Department. Tucson police met university officers at the scene and explained that the graduate student was taken by TPD officers to a psychiatric hospital for an evaluation.

The student was involuntarily committed to Kino Hospital, 2800 E. Ajo Way, on Sept. 1. She was still at the hospital when police entered her apartment, reports stated.

University police informed employees at the Social Sciences building about the incident.

A UA employee's car was stolen from a campus lot Thursday afternoon, reports stated.

The employee told police she parked and locked her car at 945 N. Palm Drive at 2 p.m. When she returned at 5 p.m., the car was gone.

The employee denied leaving her keys in the vehicle, but did tell police that there was no anti-theft device on the car.

Police were unable to find any broken glass or other evidence at the scene. There are no suspects at this time, reports stated.

University police helped the Department of Public Safety arrest two suspects who possessed a green, leafy substance while driving to Safford Thursday, reports stated.

The police were traveling on Interstate 10 near milepost 352 when they saw two people walking on the shoulder of the freeway. The two suspects got into their car and drove away.

Police pulled the vehicle over after they noticed it reach 95 miles per hour. While officers were speaking to the suspects, they noticed a Ziploc baggie of a green, leafy substance, reports stated.

The driver, Kevin Smith, 20, of Morenci, told officers that the baggie was not his, but he had been smoking marijuana earlier that day. The passenger told officers that she and Smith had been smoking marijuana on the drive from Tucson to Safford, reports stated.

Police searched the vehicle and found an athletic bag that was emitting a peculiar odor. Police opened the bag and found several baggies with various amounts of a green, leafy substance, reports stated.

University officers placed Smith in the custody of DPS officers and continued on their drive to Safford, reports stated.

A UA employee spoke with police at a campus building Thursday about a sexual assault, reports stated.

The employee is an administrator at Campus Health, 1541 E. University Blvd. She told officers that a student had recently come in and sought treatment for a sexual assault.

The student wished to remain anonymous and would not identify her attacker, reports stated.

Police informed the student that there was counseling available on campus if she was interested, reports stated.

Two UA students were placed into the diversion program at a campus residence hall Thursday after police believed they were smoking marijuana, reports stated.

A community adviser and a resident assistant called police after they smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from a student's room.

Police arrived at the Corleone Apartments, 1330 N. Park Ave., and could also smell a similar odor. Police knocked on the door and spoke with the occupants.

Eric Morrill and Jesse Neil, both 19 and residents of Corleone Apartments, admitted to smoking marijuana. Both students told officers that the third occupant in the room was not smoking.

Morrill went into his room and gave the baggie of marijuana to police. Morrill and Neil were placed into the UA diversion program, reports stated.

A UA student called police after her car was stolen from a campus lot Thursday, reports stated.

The student left her car at 1420 E. Helen St. at 8 a.m. When she returned at 4 p.m., the car was gone. She told officers that she has the only set of keys to the vehicle and that the $7,000 vehicle was left locked.

Officers were unable to locate any broken glass or other evidence at the scene. There are no suspects at this time, reports stated.

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


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