The University Record, April 17, 1995

POLICE BEAT

Stalker arrested

A 29-year-old man not affiliated with the University was arrested by Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers on March 23 for aggravated stalking.

DPS Capt. James R. Smiley reports that the man's girlfriend had a restraining order from the Sheriff's Department. The incident occurred Jan. 18 at Wolverine Tower and was reported Jan. 23. A warrant for his arrest was granted by the prosecutor Jan. 26. The man was arrested and held for DPS personnel on March 23 by the Pittsfield Township Police.

Aggravated stalking is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine. Individuals can be charged with aggravated stalking if they violate a previously issued stalking restraining order, violate a condition of probation or parole, make a credible threat against the victim or victim's family, or have a previous stalking conviction.

If you think you are being stalked or feel threatened by someone else's actions, contact DPS immediately. They can help build a case and refer you to appropriate support and counseling services. To aid investigators, you should consider doing the following:

• Record any threatening phone calls or e-mail messages.

• Write down any information that may assist law enforcement officials, such as license plate numbers, physical description of the stalker, etc.

• Keep a written log of contact with the stalker, including time, place, circumstances and what was said or actions the stalker took. If you receive mail or gifts, save them for the investigators.

North Campus thefts still a concern

Smiley reports that the theft of property from vehicles on North Campus continues to be a problem, with no single area experiencing more incidents than others. DPS has increased patrols in the area, and asks that anyone with information on the thefts call the Detective Bureau, 764-8559.

Man arrested on three felony warrants

A 17-year-old man was arrested by Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Northfield Township Police Department officials at University Hospital on March 22 for three outstanding felony warrants held by Northfield Township Police. Smiley says the man, who is not affiliated with the University, was being treated after drinking automobile coolant. He was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and larceny over $100, both five-year felonies, and on felony firearms possession, which carries a mandatory two-year sentence.

Custodians arrested on weapons charges

Two brothers, one a full-time custodian and one a part-time custodian, were arrested in early April and charged with carrying a concealed weapon. A DPS officer on routine patrol in the Thompson Street Parking Structure around 4:40 p.m. April 4 spotted a suspicious car on the second level. The driver appeared extremely nervous, and a gun was found in the car. The full-time custodian admitted he owned the gun and the car and was aware the gun was in the car. The other denied ownership of both.

Graffiti a problem

Smiley reports an increase in graffiti on campus property, particularly in the Thayer and Church Street parking structures, on commuter buses and in the Denison Building. Individuals caught defacing University property are charged with malicious destruction of property. If over $100, it is a felony, punishable by up to five years in jail; if under $100, it is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail. Value is based on the cost of cleanup, such as sandblasting and repainting or replacement.

Hash Bash quieter

DPS reports a quieter Hash Bash than last year, with only 90 arrests. The attendance was lower, possibly due to poor weather. Of the 90 arrests, two individuals were affiliated with the University, 11 were from outside Michigan. The arrests included 54 for possession of marijuana, 26 for open intoxicants, two for urinating in pubic, four for sales and soliciting, one runaway and one resisting an officer. DPS also handled three emergency services runs.