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Police Beat

By Arek Sarkissian II
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Tuesday April 15, 2003

UAPD officers arrested a Tucson man after they found a "green leafy substance" in the car he was riding in Sunday, reports stated.

Police were at the intersection of North Park Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard when they noticed white 1995 Dodge Neon waiting for the light to turn green. Police ran a check on the Neon's license plate and found out it had been suspended, reports stated.

When they pulled the car over at North Cherry Avenue and East Speedway Boulevard, officers smelled the scent of burning marijuana, reports stated. The driver told officers there was no marijuana in the car and agreed to a search.

Police then found a small black bag containing the green leafy substance, as well as a rolling machine, reports stated.

After performing a warrant search with the driver's information, police interviewed the passenger, who said the black bag and its contents were his. He also claimed the rolling machine, reports stated.

The passenger was cited on charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia, reports stated. He was cited and released, reports stated.


A student was arrested on charges of underage drinking early Sunday morning, reports stated.

Officers responded to the Cellar Restaurant in the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd., where they found the 20-year-old student with a red plastic cup in his hand, reports stated.

The student smelled of alcohol and was very uncooperative with officers, reports stated. Police noticed that it also took him a while to hand over his identification that showed he was underage.

The student was cited and released at the scene.


An employee in the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., called police yesterday after a woman asked for help while trying to print some personal checks before leaving.

The employee told police the woman came to the front counter of the library and said she needed help using a copy machine to copy some checks from local banks, reports stated.

The employee said the woman did not have a CatCard, but paid for the five copies in cash. The woman told the employee she was trying to make copies from a floppy disk, reports stated.

When the printer the woman originally tried to use did not work, the employee rerouted her files to another one. The documents came out after the woman left, reports stated.

Officers reached a cell phone when they tried to contact the names on the checks. They also obtained a videotape of the woman while she was in the library, reports stated.


A restroom inside the Student Union Memorial Center was vandalized early Sunday morning, reports stated.

A custodian was performing a routine cleaning of a bathroom inside the Cellar Restaurant, 1303 E. University Blvd., when he found the men's bathroom "trashed," reports stated.

Inside the restroom, officers saw toilet paper and paper towels draped across the fixtures and strewn about the room. They also found a broken paper towel dispenser, reports stated. While police have no suspects, staff at the restaurant said several "drunk" students caused a ruckus just after 1 a.m., reports stated.


Someone vandalized two newspaper vending machines in front of the Main Library Sunday, reports stated.

An employee of the Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd., called police after someone informed her that two Tucson Citizen newspaper dispensers had been tagged with graffiti consisting of the words "war crime" and a swastika, reports stated.

After taking several pictures, police called Facilities Management to remove the graffiti, and informed Tucson Newspapers of the incident, reports stated.

Police have no suspects.


A student called police Sunday after she received several threatening phone calls, reports stated.

The student told police she received several phone calls from a man named Mike. The man told the woman, "I'm standing outside your door" and "I'm in your bathroom." He also said, "I'm going to kill you," reports stated.

The student told police she was scared and would press charges if they find the suspect.

She also told police she dialed *57, which can provide better tracing information than *69; however, the call could not be traced, reports stated.


A student reported her SUV had been damaged in a possible attempted vehicle theft Saturday.

The student told police she parked her 1999 Jeep Cherokee in a lot on 1415 E. Fourth St. around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. After attending the Jazz-a-thon competition, she came back to find the vehicle had a broken ignition and a cracked steering column, reports stated.

Missing from the Cherokee was her husband's pistol, reports stated. The woman told police she had gone to and from her car throughout the day, using the keyless entry remote to lock its doors. She did not know if the car was locked completely at all times, reports stated.

Police have no suspects or witnesses at this time.

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 www.uapd.arizona.edu.


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