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Police Beat

By Kristopher Califano
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday December 5, 2002

Fires set near campus

Two small fires were set Sunday morning near campus, reports stated.

When police arrived at 1750 E. Speedway Blvd., the Tucson Fire Department had already extinguished the blaze. A witness gave police the description of a man who was seen walking away from the fire, reports stated.

Police stopped a 50-year-old man who matched the suspect's description, near North Martin Avenue and East Mabel Street, reports stated.

University officers spoke to the man, and then turned the case over to the Tucson Police Department.

After university officers left the scene, they saw a garbage can on fire near the bus stop at East Speedway Boulevard and North Campbell Avenue.

The fire department arrived at the scene and extinguished the fire. TPD took over the investigation.

University police did not document whether the man stopped was facing any charges, or is connected to the fires.

Minor in possession

An underage student was not charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol, though

he admitted to drinking alcohol before driving, reports stated.

Police saw the 19-year-old driving 13 miles over the speed limit while headed northbound on North Campbell Avenue. Officers stopped the man just before 3 a.m. near East Elm Street, and asked for his license, registration and proof of insurance, reports stated.

The student did not have current registration and told police that he had been drinking alcohol but was not drunk, reports stated.

Officers tested to see how well his eyes could follow a moving object, before determining that he was probably not over the legal blood-alcohol content limit of .08, reports stated.

The student was cited and released on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol, speeding and driving without current registration, reports stated.

Marijuana use in fraternity

A house adviser for a campus fraternity told police on Nov. 25 that he smelled burnt marijuana coming from one of the fraternity rooms, reports stated.

Police went to the second floor of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, 1510 N. Vine Ave., and knocked on the room that the advisor suspected the odor was coming from. The resident, a 20-year-old student, allowed police to enter, reports stated.

Officers saw a glass smoking pipe and a substance they suspected was marijuana on the student's desk, reports stated.

When police told the student why they were in his room, the student handed over the pipe and 1.5 grams of a substance officers suspected was marijuana. The student said he lived in the room by himself, and that he had smoked pot about an hour before officers arrived, reports stated.

Police searched the student's room and found some liquor bottles and an 18-inch water pipe near his bed.

When officers asked if there was any more alcohol, the student told police that there was some beer in the refrigerator.

Police found a bottle of vodka and 23 assorted cans of beer inside the refrigerator. The student said the alcohol and the paraphernalia were his.

The alcohol was photographed and dumped out. The substance suspected of being marijuana, along with the paraphernalia, was taken to the UAPD for testing.

The student was cited and released on suspicion of being a minor in possession of alcohol, and for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, reports stated.

Backpacks discovered missing

Two students had their backpacks stolen Monday when they went outside a campus building to smoke cigarettes, reports stated.

The students left their bags on the fifth floor of Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd. When they returned a few minutes later, their bags were gone. The students searched the fifth floor but couldn't find their bags.

The bags contained several books, a $250 watch, a $650 palm pilot and a $100 calculator, reports stated.

There are no suspects or witnesses.

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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