The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Police Beat

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Jan. 20- At 3:59 p.m., campus police permanently barred three juveniles and 22-year-old Fredericksburg resident Robert Scott Bourne from campus, after one of the trespassers shouted “f*** you” at an officer near the Ridderhof-Martin Gallery. The officer had apprehended the four male suspects earlier that day for skateboarding on the Russell Hall steps and advised them to leave campus for the day. He followed them down College Ave. where he saw them resume skateboarding on campus and ordered them banned for life.

Jan. 26- At 12:09 a.m., campus and Fredericksburg police departments joined forces to break up a 32-person party on the third floor of building 4 in the UMW Apartments complex. Campus police received a noise complaint and the responding officer radioed for backup on-scene. Two Fredericksburg police officers assisted in lining up and processing the 22 under-aged and 6 over-21 party-goers. According to the officer’s report, one offender attempted to evade police by concealing himself under a bed. No arrests were made, but the alleged incidents of under-aged drinking prompted the officer to issue several administrative referrals.

Jan. 28- At 2:08 p.m., campus police were notified that someone had stolen the exterior Russell Hall sign. Police have no suspects or witnesses in the case, no cost estimate for the sign, and no recollection of any residence hall signs being stolen in the recent past.

Jan. 30- At 8:57 a.m., campus police responded to the scene of an unprecedented crime in Jefferson Square, where the limbs had been hacked from a 7-foot dogwood tree valued at $225.  The UMW staff member who reported the crime found the branches littered around the base of the tree. There are no suspects or witnesses in the ongoing investigation. The tree is being replaced.

Jan. 31-At 11:59 a.m., campus police responded to the basement of Trinkle Hall, where one set of blackout shades had been stolen from B17 during the previous week. There are no suspects or witnesses in the theft and police have no assessed value of the shades.

Feb. 1- At 12:36 a.m., a would-be chef triggered the fire alarm in the second-floor Mason Hall kitchen while attempting to perfect a grilled cheese sandwich. Fredericksburg Fire and Rescue personnel cleared smoke from the kitchen with fans and located the alarm source—the charred remains of an inedible dinner.

Feb. 2- At 9:43 a.m., Fredericksburg Fire and Rescue personnel were summoned to campus after campus police received a request for emergency assistance from Jefferson Hall, where a 19-year-old fourth-floor male resident was stuck between floors in the elevator.

Feb. 3- At 11:33 a.m., athletic staff reported four composite-wood benches missing from the outdoor tennis courts on Hanover Street. There are no suspects or witnesses in the ongoing investigation.