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Police Beat

By Arek Sarkissian II

Tuesday September 18, 2001

A student was referred to the Diversion Program Sunday after police found him in possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, police reports stated.

Police responded to La Paz dorm early Sunday morning after an RA reported the smell of burning marijuana coming from a public balcony, reports stated. Police were escorted to the area where the smell was coming from. Reports stated that officers said they heard laughing and talking. The man was later identified as Kevin Morris, 18.

Officers said they saw a blue smoking pipe sitting on a table in plain view.

Officers searched the balcony and found a clear plastic baggie containing a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana under the table, reports stated.

The multi-colored pipe and baggie were placed into property and evidence.

Police responded to an employee last week after a suspicious e-mail was sent.

Reports stated that between Tuesday and Thursday, an unknown suspect sent suspicious e-mails to the UA Career Center, 1200 E. University Blvd. The employee reported she received suspicious e-mails from a person with an America Online address. The employee said she considered the e-mails suspicious because the e-mail address implied a bomb threat, although the messages did not directly make a bomb threat, reports stated.

Reports stated the employee also said one message indicated the FBI may be investigating the e-mailer

The employee said she contacted AOL with her concerns about the e-mailer. However, AOL has not responded to her. Police seized copies of the e-mails. They were placed into evidence.

Police pulled a man over for drunken driving Thursday night after witnessing the vehicle accelerate erratically, reports stated.

Police were traveling eastbound on East Linda Vista Boulevard approaching the stop sign at North Camino de Osete when officers came to a stop to yield to a truck which had been traveling north on North Camino de Oeste and then turned east onto East Linda Vista Boulevard in front of them, reports stated.

Reports stated as officers pulled away from the stop sign, they noticed the truck accelerating very rapidly.

Officers caught up to the vehicle, pacing it at 70 m.p.h in a 45 m.p.h. speed limit zone. Upon contact with the driver, Albert Santa Cruz, 35, of the 10300 block of North Oracle Road, officers stated they smelled alcohol on his breath. Reports also state the driver had red and watery eyes.

Reports stated after failing field sobriety tests, the driver was placed under arrest for DUI. A breath test revealed results of a blood alcohol level of 0.129.

Upon search of the vehicle, officers found a gun, of which Santa Cruz had informed officers.

Santa Cruz was released to a cab and the weapon was taken by police for safe keeping.

A student was cited for falsely reporting to an officer and minor in possession of alcohol after a community service officer found him urinating on a vehicle, reports stated.

An officer was on bike patrol in the parking lot on the south side of Coronado Residence Hall when he observed a male identified as student Joseph Zobel, 18, urinating on the side of a van parked against the dorm, reports stated.

Upon contact with Zobel, reports stated he gave police officers the name of Bill Jones. He said he was not a student and didn't know where he lived. When asked what he was doing on campus, he said he had just come from a friend's house where he was drinking.

Officers noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath. When officers asked why Zobel lied to them, he said he didn't know but he was "very sorry," reports stated.

Zobel was cited and released.

A man was arrested Saturday after a student witnessed a bicycle theft in progress.

Reports stated a student called UAPD to report a bicycle theft in progress at the Arizona/Sonora Residence Hall. She stated an unknown male, later identified as Jason H. Parnell, 27, was stealing her friend's mountain bike and heading eastbound on East Sixth Street, reports stated.

As officers were driving to the dorm, they noticed a person matching the witnesses description of the suspect riding a mountain bike.

When police confronted Parnell, they noticed he had a warrant for shoplifting from Mesa, reports stated. Police arrested Parnell and searched his backpack. Inside, they found a pair of large bolt and wire-cutters, reports stated.

Parnell stated he was borrowing the bike from a friend who lived in the area. He did not know the address or phone number of his friend.

Police contacted the owner and returned his bicycle.

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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