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Police beat for Feb. 11

Feb. 2 – 8:27 p.m.

Sargent Barrieau of Orono Police Department (OPD) stopped a car driven by an 18-year-old female for speeding on Main Street. Inside the car Barrieau could see a traffic cone in the back seat and a marijuana pipe in the glove box. The 18-year-old passenger took ownership of the pipe and was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. She was given a March 7 court date. The driver was issued a citation for speeding. Neither of the people in the car was charged for possession of the traffic cone.

Feb. 2 – 11:23 p.m.

OPD officers responded to a house on Gilbert Street in Orono for a loud party. Officers arrived and an estimated 75 to 100 people spilled out onto the street. Sargent Barrieau saw one female walk out trying to conceal a container of alcohol in her pants. Barrieau approached the car that the female got into and they said that they had no alcohol on them. Barrieau found the alcohol and subsequently charged two females for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. They were given a March 7 court date.

Feb. 3 – 2:00 p.m.

A man called the University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) to report that his vehicle had gone missing from the Hilltop Lot. Before officers could arrive, the man called back and said that he had located his vehicle in the south end of the same parking lot. He explained that his friends had played a joke on him and moved his car.

Feb. 3 – 12:10 a.m.

Orono, Old Town and UMaine police officers responded to the Avenue Apartment complex for a complaint of 10 to 15 people actively fighting. When they arrived, officers saw several people scatter throughout the complex. Nobody came forward with a complaint, although one male said that his iPhone had been stolen by, he believed, some of the people involved in the fight. The man later found his phone and no charges were filed for the incident.

Feb. 3 – 6:34 p.m.

OPD officers responded to Thriftway in Orono after an employee reported that someone had attempted to use a fake ID to buy alcohol. The employee said that an 18-year-old male had pleaded with him not to call police, noting that he was a football player on the UMaine team. The man later came to OPD admitting to trying to purchase beer and was summoned for possession of a fake ID. His court date is March 7.

Feb. 3 – 6:43 p.m.

Officer Oko of OPD stopped an 18-year-old male for a headlight out. In plain view in the backseat was a 30-rack of Pabst Blue Ribbon partially covered by a jacket. Oko charged the male with illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and gave him a March 7 court date.

Feb. 3 – 10:14 p.m.

Officers from Old Town Police Department and OPD responded to a complaint from staff at the Avenue Apartment complex that there was a large crowd gathered after the Patriot’s Super Bowl victory. When officers arrived, the crowd dispersed, and no charges were issued.

Feb. 4 – 12:06 a.m.

Seeing an expired registration, Officer Oko of OPD stopped a car on Park Street in Orono driven by an 18-year-old male. When Oko approached the car, he could smell alcohol in the vehicle. The driver then failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the OPD station where he blew under the legal limit. Due to Maine’s zero tolerance policy, however, which says that any alcohol in a minor’s system nullifies the privilege to drive granted by a license, the male was charged with operating without a license.

Feb. 4 – 8:47 p.m.

UMPD officers responded to Knox Hall where somebody had damaged an exit sign on the first floor. According to the report, the sign was hanging by wires. The damage estimate is $100.

Feb. 5 – 1:59 a.m.

UMPD officers were reviewing video footage for an unrelated matter when, on camera, they saw a male walking into the Multicultural Room of the Memorial Union well after it had closed. Officers arrived, escorted the male out and referred him to the Student Conduct Code Committee.

Feb 5 – 10:21 a.m.

Officers Morse and Young of OPD stopped a car going 44 mph on College Avenue, a 25 mph zone. Officers could smell marijuana in the car driven by a 19-year-old female and a subsequent search of the car turned up two marijuana pipes. The driver was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and given a March 7 court date.

Feb. 7 – 7:25 p.m.

UMPD officers responded to the New Balance Student Recreation Center for a report of an injured male. They arrived along with the University Volunteer Ambulance Corps and found a bleeding male who said that he had been elbowed in the head while playing basketball. UVAC did not transport.

Feb 7 – 11:37 p.m.

A UMPD officer patrolling the Merrill Lot smelled marijuana and saw three individuals coming from the woods with a glass bong protruding from one of the individual’s coat pocket. The owner of the bong was summoned and the two other males were referred to the Student Conduct Code Committee.

Feb. 8 – 1:44 a.m.

UMPD police officers responded to the second floor of York Hall for a report of an unconscious male. They arrived and found a male resident of the building on the floor. The resident was referred to the Student Conduct Code Committee.

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