The University Record, May 24, 1999

Police Beat

Woman arrested, released in domestic assault

A woman resident in University Housing was arrested after Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers responded to a call for help from a man at 2:40 a.m. May 8. The man told police that the woman had hit him and threatened him. She was taken to Washtenaw County Jail, but later released when the man changed his statement

Lt. Wes Skowron reminds everyone that DPS takes all such calls seriously. All reports of domestic violence crimes are forwarded to the prosecutor‘s office and those making false reports can be prosecuted.

Woman attacked, robbed on Ingalls Mall

DPS officers are investigating a report that a female student was attacked on Ingalls Mall at approximately 2 a.m. April 8 by an unknown male. The incident was reported by the woman‘s roommate 14 hours later. The alleged assailant was wearing dark pants and a dark, hooded sweatshirt that hid his face.

The woman told police that the man approached her from a darkened area and demanded her money at knifepoint. She says that she gave him $20 from her pocket and then was struck on the head, losing consciousness. She refused medical attention. Police have no suspects at this time.

Verbal argument turns physical

DPS officers responded to a 10 p.m. call on April 11 at a North Campus housing unit after a woman called police. The woman told officers that a marital argument at dinner time had become a physical assault and that her husband had pulled her hair and choked her, and she was afraid. DPS officers arrested the man, who is in Washtenaw County Jail on charges of assault and battery, and contacted Safe House to ensure the woman‘s safety.

The man entered a not guilty plea at an April 28 pre-trial hearing. The case was dismissed when the complainant did not appear at a scheduled May 12 trial.

Fire damages Kettering College car

An accidental fire caused approximately $3,000 in damage to a white 1997 Chevrolet Malibu belonging to Kettering College in Flint. The car was on display at the North Campus Diag behind the Media Union with the hood open for students and others to see how the Kettering students had converted it to run on ethanol. The driver later told police that he had placed informational fliers inside the hood for people to pick up and forgot about them when he closed the hood to move the car.

When DPS officers and the Ann Arbor Fire Department arrived, thick white smoke was billowing from the engine, reports DPS Lt. Wes Skowron, and flames were visible. Officers and fire officials observed partially burned papers in and around the engine and noted that the hood was not latched.

The Kettering student said that he had forgotten about the papers, driven the car, then returned to campus and noticed the smoke when he parked the vehicle.

The fire was determined to be accidental.

Truck missing from construction site

Workers at the Kellogg Building renovation site reported April 26 that a white 1992 Ford pickup truck model F150 was missing from the place where an employee had parked it. The truck was always left parked by the front construction gate so that it could be used quickly as an emergency vehicle, Skowron said, and the keys were typically left on the front seat.

Workers for Barton-Mallow Construction Co. noted the vehicle missing at 5:10 p.m. and had last seen it at 4:30 p.m. that day.

Skowron says there are currently no leads and no witnesses in the case, but it is still under investigation. The truck is valued at approximately $5,000 and its contents, including tools, equipment and work boots, are valued at nearly $2,000.