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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano

Wednesday September 12, 2001

A Tucson woman was arrested after police saw her emptying a trash container on campus Sunday, police reports stated.

Police were called to Arizona Stadium, 527 N. Warren Ave., after a woman was throwing trash onto the ground. Virginia Johnson, 48, of a general delivery address, picked up the trash at officers' request. Police ran a background check on Johnson and learned she had warrants issued for her arrest.

Johnson was taken to and booked at Pima County Jail. The woman's cart and other belongings were sorted and taken to the University of Arizona Police Department. Police found two bottles of prescription medicine and mail addressed to other people in Johnson's possession.

The mail was returned to the residence, and the medicine was flushed down the toilet.

Johnson was arrested on suspicion of having a warrant stating she failed to appear in court for disorderly conduct, and also for false reporting to an officer, reports stated.

A UA student was arrested Saturday at a campus residence hall after he gave police a smoking device, reports stated.

A resident assistant called police after he smelled an odor of burnt marijuana coming from a room at the Coronado Residence Hall, 822 E. Fifth St. Police arrived at the fifth floor of the residence hall and also noticed a similar odor coming from the student's room.

Police knocked on the door and spoke with the 17-year-old student. Police asked him if there was anything they should know about. The student went into his room and retrieved a five-inch glass smoking pipe.

Officers noticed a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from the bowl of the pipe. The minor was cited and released on suspicion of marijuana possession, report stated.

A student was arrested Sunday at a campus residence hall after police found traffic signs in his room, reports stated.

Police were called to the Babcock Residence Hall, 1717 E. Speedway Blvd., after the hall director saw that a student had traffic signs in his room. Police knocked on the door and spoke with the resident, 18-year-old Clifton Wilcox. Wilcox opened the door, saw police and said, "Sure, you can come in. Are you here for the signs?"

Police entered the room and saw a large stop sign and a small "no bike riding" sign. When police asked if the signs were stolen, Wilcox said "probably."

Wilcox told officers that a he found the signs at North Highland Avenue and East Eighth Street.

He was cited and released on suspicion of possessing stolen property. The signs were taken into UAPD and stored as evidence, reports stated.

A UA student spoke with police Monday after she saw a man ride off on her bike, reports stated.

The student was leaving the Education building, 1430 E. Second St., when she and a friend saw a man crouching in between two bicycles. The students didn't think the man looked suspicious, so they stopped and talked briefly.

When the student began to walk towards the bike rack, she saw the man ride off southbound on her $200 mountain bike.

The suspect had a medium build and was wearing a purple T-shirt, jeans and a black hat, reports stated.

A student called police Monday after $405 worth of valuables were stolen while he was at a campus library, reports stated.

The student left his bag on a table on the fifth floor of the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd. The student left the table for 35 minutes to check his e-mail. The bag contained a graphing calculator and various textbooks. When he returned, the bag and its contents were gone.

Officers located the student's bag on a stack of books on the fifth floor. The contents of the bag were gone, reports stated.

There are no suspects and no witnesses at this time.

A student called police Monday from a campus building after she lost a set of UA building keys, report stated.

The student told police that she is a student employee with the UA American Indian studies department and she thought she lost the keys at the Harvill building, 1103 E. Second St.

The keys provided access for two buildings on campus. Officers told the student to notify her supervisor, reports stated.

Police were contacted Monday from a campus garage after a student lost his wallet, reports stated.

The student told police that he believed he dropped his wallet when he got out of his car at the Park Avenue Garage, 1140 N. Park Ave.

The wallet contained a CatCard, a social security card and a driver's license, 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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