Police Beat

By Joseph Altman Jr.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A man waiting for a parking space told police he was punched in the eye after another person "stole" the space Thursday.

The man was waiting for a car to back out of a parking spot in lot 4053 at 1500 E. First St. at about 11:42 a.m. Another vehicle then approached and drove into the space.

When the man told the driver of the vehicle that he had been waiting for that spot with his turn signal flashing, an argument ensued and the driver reportedly reached into the man's car and punched him in the left eye.

Officers saw no visible injuries, and the man refused medical treatment. Police left a note on the parked car asking the driver to contact university police.

A Tucson man was arrested on drug charges after police stopped the vehicle he was driving for a traffic violation.

Marc M. Schiavo, 22, of the 1800 block of East Blacklidge Drive, was arrested and cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia Wednesday night.

At 10:48 p.m., police observed a black Ford Mustang accelerate at North Tyndall Avenue and East Fourth Street, causing its tires to squeal.

While police were talking with the driver, Schiavo, an officer noticed a wooden box in plain view. Officers characterized the box as "commonly used to hold narcotics."

Schiavo gave his consent to search the vehicle. In the box, an officer found a small amount of what was believed to be marijuana. The driver told police it was his box and marijuana.

Schiavo was cited and released. The marijuana was placed into evidence.

Two residents of Coronado Hall, 822 E. Fifth St., were arrested early Thursday after the smell of burnt marijuana was detected coming from a room.

Lauren A. Frankel and Jason L. Sorkin, both 18, were charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They were released on the scene.

A resident assistant called police after she detected the smell of marijuana coming from a room.

Police arrived and knocked on the door of the suspected room. A resident of a neighboring room opened the door and said he did not live in the suspected room. He told officers he did not know where the occupants of the room were.

The neighbor allowed police into the suspected room, which connects to the neighbors room through a bathroom. When police entered, a towel was at the bottom of the door, the windows were open, and fans were running.

Police observed a clear glass bottle containing a leafy, green substance on a small table.

Sorkin, a resident of the suspected room, then arrived, along with Frankel. Sorkin said the bottle belonged to him and the contents were "marijuana." Police then asked Sorkin to produce any other drugs or paraphernalia. Sorkin then went to the neighbor's closet and got two bongs. The neighbor said he did not know the bongs were in his closet.

Police asked if Frankel and Sorkin had been using marijuana in the room. Both acknowledged that they had been.

Frankel and Sorkin were cited and released. The marijuana and bongs were taken into evidence.

Police Beat is compiled from official University of Arizona Police Department reports.

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