The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Police Beat

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Oct. 26- At 2 a.m., Fredericksburg Police arrested 19-year-old residential student Nancy Bechtold outside of Houston’s on charges of drunk in public and possessing false documents, according to police Spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe.  “She was intoxicated to the point where it was not safe to leave her on her own,” Bledsoe said.  Bledsoe said that the Cambria, Ca. native’s fake ID listed Bechtold as a 22-year-old.

Oct. 27- At 3:25 p.m., Campus police arrested 20-year-old student Andrew Clark on alcohol-related charges at a soccer game at the Battleground playing field.  According to the officer’s report, Clark walked up the bleachers carrying a can of Natural Ice, which he tossed into a nearby trashcan when he spied the approaching officer. Police referred Clark to the JRB.

Oct. 29- At 2:45 a.m., Campus police responded to Mason Hall where an allegedly drunken and belligerent trespasser with no fixed address was harassing female students, according to the officer’s report.  Nineteen-year-old Shane Gillis produced a U.S. passport issued in Florida upon his misdemeanor arrest for drunk in public. Gillis was arrested 16 hours later in the campus fitness center for trespassing and transported to Rappahannock Regional Jail, where he remains on $1,500 secured bond.

Oct. 31- At 10:20 a.m., housekeeping staff reported finding two pumpkins smashed in the north stairwell of Bushnell.  No suspects or witnesses.

Nov 1. – At 2:15 a.m., 21-year-old Sean Marren and 22-year-old Sean Calderhead, both UMW seniors, were arrested by Fredericksburg Police on charges stemming from a loud party at their residence in the 400 block of Morningside Dr, according to Spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe. Bledsoe said that this was the third time in three weeks that officers had responded to neighbors’ complaints about parties at the students’ residence.

Nov. 3– At 5:48 a.m., three UMW commuter students were arrested at their home on Bunker Hill Street for possession of marijuana.  23-year-old Christopher Redder was charged with assaulting a Fredericksburg Police officer, according to Spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe.  Bledsoe said that officers responding to neighbors’ complaints about a party going on at the home of Redder, 23-year-old Eric Reingold and 22-year-old Thomas Cawley, applied for a search warrant when they saw a marijuana-smoking device through the window.  Officers reported that partygoers gave them a hard time and requested campus police assistance during the search process, according to UMW Police Chief James Snipes.

Nov. 4– At 1:36 a.m., a campus police officer on patrol in the UMW apartment complex noticed a group of students circled around an intoxicated female student. The 21-year-old commuter, Megan Betz, was not cooperating with friends who were trying to help her up, according to the officer’s report. Betz declined hospitalization so she was instead arrested and charged with being drunk in public.

Nov. 4- at 4:04 a.m., a campus police officer noticed a lone female student staggering down the sidewalk on William Street and moved to investigate.  She saw him and reportedly tried ducking into a UMW apartment building to avoid arrest. Twenty-one-year-old commuter student Olivia Cochran was apprehended, arrested and charged with being drunk in public.