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Police Beat

By David Halperin
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Wednesday October 30, 2002

Paint balloons thrown at police cars

Early Sunday morning, someone threw paint-filled balloons at two police patrol cars, reports stated.

At about 1:30 a.m., two police vehicles conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of North Campbell Avenue and East Elm Street.

The officers at the scene said someone threw paint- filled balloons at the patrol vehicles near the intersection while police were conducting a traffic stop.

Officers saw paint splattered on the light bar, hood, roof and trunk of one patrol car, and only a bit of paint on the rear of another.

A police officer washed his patrol car and the paint appeared to come off. There are no suspects or witnesses, reports stated.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Two students were cited for possession of drug paraphernalia Monday, after a pipe fell out of a student's shirt, reports stated.

At about 11:30 p.m., police went to Skyview Apartments, 1050 E. Eight St., and spoke with a resident assistant who said he smelled marijuana coming from an apartment.

Police went to the apartment door and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the room. Police spoke with an 18-year-old resident of the apartment who denied smoking marijuana. He told police his girlfriend was in the bedroom and told her to come out. The student told the officers they could come in and look around his room.

Police asked his 18-year-old girlfriend, also a student, if she had been smoking and she said she had not. Police saw a multi-colored glass smoking pipe lying on a table in the bedroom.

While one officer was interviewing the girlfriend, she dropped her wallet. While she bent down to pick it up, another multi-colored glass pipe fell out of her shirt. She handed the pipe to police, reports stated.

Police noticed the girlfriend had raised taste buds and a greenish tint to her tongue. She refused to answer officers' questions.

Both students were cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia, reports stated.

Possession of drug paraphernalia

Police cited a student for possession of drug paraphernalia Saturday, after searching for someone who was shining a high beam light at a police helicopter, reports stated.

At about 1 a.m., police were on patrol in the area of East Seventh Street and North Highland Avenue, when they saw a Tucson Police Department Air 1 helicopter. The helicopter broadcast that there were people in the area of East Eight Street and North Vine Avenue who were shining a high-powered spotlight at the helicopter and requested a patrol unit to contact them.

There were no available TPD units, so University of Arizona Police Department officers went to the apartment complex at 317 N. Vine Ave., to search for the origin of the spotlight.

Police went to an apartment thought to be where the light was coming from and noticed a faint odor of marijuana coming from the apartment.

An officer saw a man through the window carrying a water-pipe, sometimes known as a "bong," in his hand. Police knocked on the door and no one answered, even though police saw six people in the apartment through the window, reports stated.

An officer then saw a man take the water-pipe and go to the back of the apartment. At this point, police entered the apartment due to the possibility that evidence would be destroyed.

As police entered, the smell of marijuana became stronger. Police saw the water-pipe on the floor in the kitchen.

Police told the 23-year-old resident, a UA student, why they had come to his apartment, and he denied having the spotlight. He took police to another apartment that he believed was the source of the light. The resident of this apartment denied having any spotlight, and took police to a third apartment. The student of the first apartment asked the resident of the third apartment for the spotlight, which he gave him and was later given to police.

Police later found two other pipes in the student's apartment. The student was cited and released for possession of drug paraphernalia. The pipes were placed into UAPD property as evidence, reports stated.

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


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