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Police Beat for Sept. 24

Sept. 13 – 9:00 p.m.

A noise complaint was filed against the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). Officers responded and spoke with the president of the organization who apologized for the noise and closed the windows and doors.

Sept. 13 – 9:17 p.m.

Officers reported to Somerset Hall for a complaint of marijuana odor. They tracked the scent to the room of a first-year student. Inside, the 18-year-old student had a jar of marijuana, two pipes and vodka. She was summoned for possession of marijuana and possession of smoking paraphernalia, and she was referred to Student Conduct Code Committee for possession of alcohol by a minor.

Sept. 14 – 9:43 a.m.

A mountain bike was stolen from a residence on Rhode Island Street in Orono. Officers responded but could not identify any possible suspects. The bike was recovered later that day on the bike trails by the complainant.

Sept. 14 – 11:47 a.m.

Officers responded to a complaint of a bike stolen from the bike rack outside Penobscot Hall. The complainant said the bike was worth $2,000 and the lock had been cut sometime overnight. Officers recovered the bike around 2 p.m. on Sept. 20.

Sept. 14  – 7:00 p.m.

Officers responded to a complaint of a campfire in the University woods, near the woodmen’s shed. They arrived to discover three students relaxing near a campfire they had built. Officers told the students they had to put out the fire and they were cooperative, saying they weren’t aware of the rule against unsanctioned forest fires. According to the report, the only paraphernalia to be found was a large box of s’mores.

Sept. 14 – 9:06 p.m.

At a Friday-night concert by the band Blackberry Smoke at the Collins Center for the Arts, officers responded to a complaint of a male being drunk and disorderly. When they arrived, the man refused to leave. Officers finally brought the man outside of the venue and served him a 24-hour trespass notice.

Sept. 15 – 12:30 a.m.

As Officer Angelo was driving through The Avenue apartment complex in Orono, she heard a female call to an individual walking. Officer Angelo recognized the male from serving him a criminal trespass notice at The Avenue two weeks earlier. The male had not seen Officer Angelo and continued walking until she called his name, at which point he picked up his pace and attempted to speed walk away from the officer. Officer Angelo caught up with him and escorted him off the property. He claimed his previous trespass notice was not fair and Officer Angelo told him to take it up with The Avenue. He was summoned for criminal trespassing and given a court date of Oct. 18.

Sept. 15 – 10:30 p.m

Sargent Barrieau was on patrol on Main Street in Orono when he saw a car in front of him speed up past the speed limit. He pulled over the car to find a 20-year-old woman in the driver’s seat and an unnamed passenger. The woman claimed she thought the speed limit was 30 miles per hour when it is actually 25. Due to bail conditions from a charge in Westbrook, Maine, she and her vehicle were liable to be searched by officers at any point. Sargent Barrieau searched the car and found a pack of beer and an empty container of spiked seltzer. Neither the driver nor the passenger were 21, and as part of her bail conditions she was not allowed to possess alcohol. The driver was summoned for violation of bail charges and illegal transportation of alcohol by a minor and given a court date of Oct. 18.

Sept. 16 – 2:16 a.m.

An officer on a routine patrol on the second floor of York Hall heard banging coming from the common area. There, the officer found an 18-year-old first-year student. The student was visibly intoxicated and had pushed a table over causing roughly $1,000 in damages. The officer charged him with damaging the table and possession of alcohol. When asked why he did it, the man said he did not know why, but he “felt like flipping the table over.”

Sept. 16 – 2:40 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of three cut bike locks found on the ground outside of Patch housing. No bikes were found with the cut locks.

Sept. 16 – 5:39 p.m.

Sometime between Sept. 13-16, a $700 Fuji hybrid mountain bike was stolen from a bike rack near Doris Twitchell Allen Village (DTAV) and Patch apartments. The lock was cut and discarded on the ground.

Sept. 16 – 10:29 p.m.

Officers responded to a report of an intoxicated male being carried into a private room on the third floor of York Hall. This was the fourth time officers had to be called to the room since the beginning of the semester. They summoned the first-year student inside for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. The previous day, the student was summoned by the Orono Police Department (OPD) for the same offense.

Sept. 19 – 8:00 p.m.

Officer Dupuis was sitting in traffic near the Park Street roundabout when he heard a motorcycle revving its engine. The motorcycle then passed the officer in the breakdown lane. Officer Dupuis stopped the vehicle and its 21-year-old driver in the parking lot of the Alltown gas station. The driver claimed the reason he passed traffic was that he really had to use the bathroom. Officer Dupuis let him go into Alltown to use the bathroom. When he came out, he admitted he did not have the proper license to operate a motorcycle. Officer Dupuis summoned him for operating a motorcycle without a license and the man pushed his bike home.

Sept. 20 – 1:12 p.m.

A little after noon on Sept. 20, an Apple iPhone 7 was stolen from an unlocked locker in the New Balance Recreation Center. The complainant alleged he placed his belongings in the locker, went to work out and when he came back the iPhone was gone. There are no suspects.

Sept. 20 – 11:00 p.m.

In the late hours of the night, Officer Angelo arrested a 22-year-old male for operating under the influence. Officer Angelo had just pulled onto Main Street from the Orono Fire Department (OFD) going downtown when she saw a car make a left on red onto Main Street. She turned around and stopped the vehicle. There was nobody else in the car, and the driver admitted to having alcohol at the bar and at a friend’s house. He said he knew he was stopped for violating a red light. After a field sobriety test, Officer Angelo determined that the man was not fit to drive and she arrested him for OUI. He was given a court date of Nov. 8.

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