The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Police Beat

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Feb. 4- At 2:25 p.m., a 20-year-old female Randolph Hall resident contacted campus police for advice after receiving four $950 money orders post-marked Republic of Benin. Each money order instructed the student to cash-in and reroute the funds saving 10 percent for herself.  Campus police instructed the student to ignore the instructions, and turned the matter over to U.S. Post Office investigators.

Feb. 5- At 2:41 p.m., a frightened Alvey Hall resident summoned campus police to her room on the third floor, where her roommate was red-faced and gasping for breath. The asthmatic student’s condition was set off when she passed a smoker on her way into the building.  When her nebulizer would not calm her symptoms police and emergency personnel brought her to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment.

Feb. 6- At 12:54 a.m., campus police were again called to the third floor of Alvey Hall, where the asthmatic student who had just returned from Mary Washington Hospital was suffering from another severe attack. She received ambulance transport to MWH and was treated successfully the second time around.

Feb. 7- At 1:23 a.m., campus police handed down the first administrative referral of the semester to a female Madison Hall resident whose improperly-parked white BMW-3 series racked up a total of $450 in fines in 6 months with the addition of an 11th ticket for parking overnight in the Chandler Hall parking lot.  The sophomore should have received an administrative referral after her 7th ticket.

Feb. 9-At 2:02 a.m., campus police responded to the third floor of Russell Hall, where the R.A. on duty was tending to a severely-intoxicated 18-year-old male resident.  On scene, officers learned that the student had been vomiting for over tow hours. He received transport to Mary Washington Hospital. No administrative referrals were filed.

Feb. 9- At 2:10 p.m., a female Westmoreland Hall resident alerted campus police to the presence of a blue lounge chair that had been smashed on the sidewalk behind her dorm. The senior told police that she recognized the chair as part of the Westmoreland lounge set. Police confirmed her suspicions on scene.

Feb. 13- between 8:30 and 9:55 a.m., a 38-year-old female faculty member had her wallet containing several credit cards and $2 and her $300 iPhone stolen from her open and unlocked office.  Fraudulent activity was reported on the cards at a Citgo station in Spotsylvania County. The investigation is on-going.

Feb. 15- At 2 a.m., 21-year-old Brittany Fowler of King George was arrested after leaving Brock’s; According to Police Spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe, Fowler struck a parked vehicle as she was leaving the parking lot and failed the Field Sobriety Tests.  Fowler was incarcerated under a $5000 bond and also charged with reckless driving in addition to the DUI.

Feb. 15- Just before midnight, Fredericksburg police responded to a noise complaint about a party thrown by University students on Morningside Drive. Police Spokesperson Natatia Bledsoe said that one of the occupants, UMW student Sean Calderhead, was advised to break up the party and warned that if officers had to return he would e issued summons.  Police did have to return about 1:45 am on the 16th; the officer’s report states that music could be heard from five houses away.  Calderhead was issued a summons and released on-scene.

Feb. 18- At 1:41 p.m., a 23-year-old male commuter student called campus police on his cell phone from the fitness center to report that his black and green Guinness wallet containing $5, several credit cards and his EagleOne ID had been stolen during his workout. There are no suspects or witnesses in the on-going investigation.

Feb. 23- At 1:15 a.m., campus police responded to reports of a loud party on the second floor of South Hall. The officers reported viewing several containers of alcohol in the room when the19-year-old male resident came to the door. Police recovered four bottles of liquor and discovered five females including three Mary Baldwin students hiding in the closet when they searched the room, with his permission.  The occupant volunteered that he had purchased the alcohol during initial questioning, but police reports indicate that one of the female students confessed to purchasing the alcohol after he had been taken to the campus police station. Police say that none of the party-goers were severely-intoxicated, so they confiscated the alcohol and broke up the party. No administrative referrals or arrests were made, even though all but one of the students were under 21.