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Police beat for Feb. 4

Jan. 20 – 7:00 p.m.

Officer Oko of the Orono Police Department (OPD) was out on patrol during a snowstorm when he saw a man walking down Washburn Drive, the road that leads to the Avenue Apartment Complex in Orono, carrying his shoes in his hands. The underaged pedestrian was visibly intoxicated, which prompted Oko to ask where he got the alcohol. The man said that his roommate had bought it for him. Oko drove the man back to his apartment where he talked to the roommate and summoned him for furnishing alcohol to a minor. His court date is Feb. 21.

Jan. 25 – 4:36 p.m.

Someone in the Bryand Global Science Center called the University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) to report a suspicious person on the property at around 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 25. The complainant said that they had stumbled upon the suspicious man facedown on the floor in a men’s restroom. Officers responded and searched the building, but they could not find someone matching the suspect’s description. Later, around 7:30 p.m., a UMPD officer patrolling York Hall saw a man in a common area who fit the description of the suspicious person seen in the Bryand Center earlier in the day. The officer recognized the man as someone who UMPD had dealt with in the past and who had already been issued a trespassing notice for UMaine. The man was summoned for trespassing. Once in police custody, officers interviewed him about a laptop that had been stolen on campus recently which he admitted to taking.

Jan. 26 – 12:49 a.m.

A UMPD officer conducting a routine walk of Oxford Hall smelled marijuana on the third floor. The officer tracked the scent to the room of a first-year student who opened the door and admitted he had marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The student was compliant with officers and summoned for possession of marijuana.

Jan. 26 – 11:02 p.m.

Resident assistants called UMPD officers to report vandalism in the basement of Somerset Hall. When they arrived, officers saw that someone had smashed seven ceiling-mounted lamps.

Jan. 27 – 2:40 p.m.

UMPD received a complaint of criminal mischief in the Satellite parking lot on campus. A man said that someone had deliberately hit his Honda Civic with an object sometime overnight, causing two dents on the driver-side body and one dent on the rear of the car. The man did not provide a damage estimate. There are no suspects.

Jan. 28 – 7:45 a.m.

In the early hours of Jan. 28, a driver in a pickup truck hit a police cruiser parked on the shoulder of Kelly Road while its operator, Officer Morse of OPD, conducted a traffic stop. The cruiser still had its lights on, and Officer Morse was in the car. According to the driver of the truck, he did not see the cruiser due to the angle of the sun and glare from the wet pavement. As a result of the collision, the pickup truck’s front passenger-side quarter panel and the cruiser’s rear bumper and trim were damaged. Damages to the cruiser, which has since been taken out of service, amounted to $6,000. Old Town Police responded to the scene and summoned the driver of the truck for improper passing of a stationary emergency vehicle.

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