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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano

Thursday October 18, 2001

Police were called to a campus building Tuesday after employees said they believed a practical joke was played in the KUAT office, reports stated.

A KUAT employee called police after she noticed a white, powdery substance had been spread across her desk. The powder - which she feared m ay have been anthrax - was on her coffee cup, chair and computer.

University of Arizona Police Department officers arrived at the scene and called the Tucson Fire Department. TFD examined the room and tried to compare the substance to any sugar or coffee creamer that was in the area.

They were unable to match the substance to anything in the room, reports stated.

Firefighters tested the substance and determined that the substance wasn't harmful.

Employees told officers that there had been a lot of disagreements and joking in the department lately. Employees said they believe the incident was a practical joke that had gone too far, reports stated.

A custodian was in the office earlier that morning and told police she did not notice the substance at that time.

There are no suspects at this time, reports stated.

A bomb-defusal squad was called to a UA building Tuesday after a UA employee noticed a suspicious white substance on a box of tissues, reports stated.

The employee was moving the boxes of tissues from one truck to another when he noticed the substance. He put a piece of paper over the box and called police. UAPD arrived at the 22nd Street Warehouse, 1145 S. Warren Ave. They covered the box with a plastic bag before calling TFD and the Tucson Police Department's bomb squad.

The boxes were submitted to a lab for testing. The box was on a truck from Phoenix and was underneath a cooler that might have leaked on it, reports stated.

Police recorded the names of all employees who came in contact with the tissue box and cooler.

A student was placed into the Dean of Students Office diversion program after vomiting in her residence hall bed early Saturday morning, reports stated.

Police responded to Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, 1420 E. Fifth St., and spoke with resident Jamie McMenamin, 18.

She smelled of alcohol and told officers she was sick from drinking, reports stated.

TFD arrived at the residence hall and took the student to the University Medical Center. Hospital employees confirmed that she was less than 21 years old.

Police told the student that she would be placed into the UA diversion program for suspicion of minor in consumption of alcohol, reports stated.

Three UA students were cited Saturday night after officers saw them drinking alcohol in an illegally parked car, reports stated.

Officers saw the vehicle near North Olive Road and East Second Street. Police approached the car and saw that there was an open can of beer in the passenger side of the vehicle.

They searched the car and found four open beer cans and an open bottle of vodka, reports stated.

Jared McCain, 18, of the 1200 block of North Euclid Avenue, Russel Ackerman, 19, and David Saunders, 19, all of the 2600 block of East Fourth Street, were cited and released for suspicion of having an open container of alcohol in the vehicle and being minors in possession of alcohol, reports stated.

The bottles of booze were emptied.

A bomb squad was called to a UA military building Tuesday after a student received a suspicious box, reports stated.

The ROTC student believed the package looked suspicious and his supervisor called UAPD to South Hall, 1042 E. South Campus Drive. The supervisor told police that there was no return address and the label for delivery was unclear. The United Postal Service was unable to trace the package.

The building was evacuated and the boxes were X-rayed. The bomb squad determined that the box contained audio cassette tapes and was safe to open.

A UA employee called police Sunday after parts from a UA computer were stolen from a campus building, reports stated.

Police arrived at the Psychology building, 1503 E. University Blvd., after employees noticed that a mouse and a $600 central processing unit were missing.

An employee told police that the CPU and mouse were in the office the night before.

The office was left locked and was still locked when the employee returned and found signs of forced entry. There are several copies of the key and an employee told officers that an employee who recently resigned may have one of the keys to the office.

The technical staff at the building told police that the CPU was hooked up at 4:30 a.m. but not 5:30 a.m.

There are no witnesses to the crime. Employees were told to contact UAPD when they found the CPU's serial number, 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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