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Police beat for April 1

March 16 – 2:15 a.m.

Officer Oko of Orono Police Department (OPD) was on patrol on College Avenue when he stopped a car driven by a man, 20, with four other people inside. Oko could smell alcohol in the car and, after determining the driver was not drunk, started to talk to the passengers. One of the passengers, 19, became argumentative and eventually stepped out of the car. When he opened the door, Oko could see alcohol in the car, which prompted him to ask everyone to exit the vehicle. The passenger became increasingly belligerent, began yelling and at one point attempted to walk away. He was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest, illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and disorderly conduct. The driver was summoned for illegal transportation of alcohol, and another passenger, 20, was also summoned for illegal possession. They all have an April 18 court date.

March 16 – 10:58 p.m.

A University of Maine Police Department (UMPD) officer on routine patrol smelled marijuana coming from a room on the third floor of Knox Hall. The first-year student, 19, who lived in the room was summoned for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and referred to the Student Conduct Code Committee.

March 17 – 7:20 p.m.

OPD officers received a complaint that a car had gone off the road on Stillwater Avenue after striking a speed limit sign. The complainant also said that a male and female had walked away from the scene of the accident. Officer Morse went to investigate and found the two subjects, a man, 21, and the female, on Kelly Road in Orono. They admitted to officers that they were the individuals who had crashed the car and that the man was the one behind the wheel. Morse could smell alcohol on the man and he admitted to having a few drinks earlier in the day. He was charged with operating under the influence and taken to jail where he blew over the legal limit.

March 19 – 11:52 a.m.

UMPD officers responded to the vacant Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house where somebody had broken in sometime between March 15 and March 19 and vandalized the house. According to the report, there were two holes in the wall, a trail camera had been stolen and numerous trophies had been destroyed, resulting in $300 worth of damage. Officers noted that there were no signs of forced entry.

March 20 – 9:38 a.m.

UMPD received a report of vandalism in the Littlefield Gardens. According to the report, two bronze sculptures valued together at $21,000 had been taken off their bases and put on the ground sometime between Feb. 1 and March 1.

March 21 – 2:12 p.m.

UMPD officers received a complaint of a black pickup truck driving on Lengyel Field. They responded and found the vehicle, still dripping with mud, in the York Hall parking lot. Officers contacted a man, 19, who lived on the first floor of York Hall, and he admitted to having been the driver. The damage, estimated at $150, was charged to the student, who was also referred to the Student Conduct Code Committee.

March 22 – 5:45 p.m.

Custodial staff called UMPD to report a theft of a fire extinguisher and two wall clocks from the second floor of Boardman Hall. There are no suspects.

March 25 – 11:22 p.m.

UMPD officers responded to Gannett Hall where an elevator was stuck between floors three and four. Orono Fire Department also responded and were able to lower the elevator to the first floor. They discovered the elevator stopped working due to the excessive number of people inside.

March 26 – 11:06 p.m.

UMPD officers on routine patrol on the third floor of Somerset Hall smelled marijuana coming from a room. They knocked on the door of a first-year student, 19, who handed over marijuana and drug paraphernalia. He was charged with possession of both.

March 27 – 4:52 a.m.

UMPD received a complaint from J. Franklin Witter Teaching & Research Center about a suspicious individual dressed in all black hiding from workers. When officers went to investigate, they found nothing related to the complaint.

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