Police Beat, April 4

Maggie Seppi

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By: Maggie Seppi, Assistant News Editor

April 2 Alleged Hazing (Jacksonville Beach) – Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Laura Fox called UPD and relayed information regarding an alleged hazing incident involving the Kappa Delta sorority. An anonymous complainant contacted Fox and said she was not a member of the sorority, but lived with three girls who were. She said the incident involved pledges with the sorority who were allegedly forced to drink alcohol while blindfolded. An officer contacted the complainant, who said she was not a witness of the hazing incident, but she had been told about it by one of her roommates. She did not know the exact date and time of the event, only that it was sometime during the fall semester. She also said one of her roommates told her not to come home because hazing would be going on at the house. All three suspects, when interviewed, denied having any involvement in or knowledge of the incident. The investigation was suspended, due to a lack of witnesses and evidence.

March 23 Cell Phone Theft (Building 34) – An officer responded to a complainant who said he placed his belongings by the bleachers before playing basketball. When he returned about two hours later, he noticed his cell phone was missing. The complainant tracked the cell phone but could not determine its exact location. The phone had not been used since it was stolen.

March 25 Criminal Mischief (Lot 16) – An officer met with the complainant who said he went to his vehicle to leave and noticed a scratch just below the door handle of the drivers door. He said the scratch was not there when he parked his few vehicle. The damage was estimated at $200. There was no suspect information, and a canvass was not done due to the remote area of the parking lot.

March 26 Theft (Housing Maintenance Shed) – An officer met with the complainant who said he noticed a backpack blower and tree trimmer pole saw were missing about 10 days ago. The pole saw was worth about $250 and the blower about $450. The complainant did not have serial numbers or any other identifying information to assist in finding the items. The date and time of the theft is unknown because the maintenance building is often left open and unsecured. A neighborhood canvass was not conducted due to the lack of an adequate date and timeline for the theft.

March 29 Vandalism (Student Union West) – An officer met with the complainant who said he parked his vehicle on the west side of the building while he ran an errand. He later returned to the vehicle and found it keyed or scratched on both doors on the passenger side. He said his vehicle did not have the scratch when he parked it. There is no suspect information.

March 30 Fraudulent Decal (UNF Drive) – A boot was placed on the suspect’s vehicle for an altered decal. An investigation revealed the decal belonged to another individual. It had been photocopied and placed on the subject’s vehicle. The suspect said she borrowed the other individual’s decal and photocopied it because she could not afford a parking decal. She was referred to Student Conduct. The fraudulent parking decal was released to the complainant.

March 31 Marijuana Paraphernalia Possession (Osprey Landing) – An officer was granted permission to enter and search the room by the room resident after he noticed the smell of marijuana emanating from it. A marijuana pipe and a half-empty bottle of liquor was found. The resident claimed possession of the items. Other occupants of the room at the time also gave verbal consent for the officer to search their belongings. A small amount of marijuana and a plastic bag with residue were found, which both belonged to the resident. The property was seized and put in the JSO Property Room. The suspect was issued a Notice to Appear for possession of drug paraphernalia. The other individuals were also issued Notices to Appear.

April 2 Attempted Suicide (Osprey Fountains) – An officer made contact with the subject who said he was feeling unstable, due to the death of an immediate family member. The subject said he might inflict physical harm upon himself. He was listed as wanted for military desertion by the United States Army.

April 2 Drug Complaint (Osprey Crossings) – An officer met with a Resident Assistant who was investigating a student housing drug complaint. The RA and the officer were granted permission to search the resident’s room, where they found a bong, which had been used to smoke marijuana. Two containers of potting soil with no germinated seeds or illegal substances were also found during the search. The resident said he was attempting to grow marijuana. The bong was placed in the JSO Property Room, and the student was referred to Student Conduct.

Source: UPD
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