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Sluggish student slumbers during questioning

By Ellie Schuckman
News Editor

•   On Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 4:40 p.m., Campus Police met with a student who reported stolen objects. The student told police that at 3:30 p.m. the same day, he placed his sweatshirt, keys and wallet into a cubby in the College’s Fitness Center and then proceeded to use the facility, according to police. At 4 p.m., the student returned to retrieve his belongings but found them missing. He stated to police that he asked Fitness Center staff if the items were turned in, but garnered negative results. At 6:50 p.m., officers called the Fitness Center and spoke with the staff to ask if the items had been turned in. The staffer then checked the lost and found, but stated the items were not turned in, according to police. Campus Police noted that there are no cameras in the area of the cubbies. According to police, the next day, the items were found in the bathroom of the Fitness Center. Everything was accounted for except the student’s sweatshirt, police said.

•   Campus Police responded to a report of an intoxicated male student at Travers Hall on Saturday, Feb. 20, according to reports. At 1:35 a.m., officers met with community advisors (CA) and a College visitor outside Travers Hall. One of the CAs said that a student was causing a disturbance in a male bathroom and exhibited signs of intoxication. The CA said that the student punched and kicked a wall in the bathroom, according to police. The student’s friend told police the intoxicated male had consumed two to three shots of vodka. At 1:40 a.m, officers entered the student’s room in Travers Hall and observed him sitting on a chair in front of his desk with slight redness on his hands, police said. He then admitted to consuming vodka. TCNJ EMS arrived and evaluated the student who did not need medical transportation. He was issued a summons for underage drinking, according to police.

•   Campus Police were dispatched to Travers Hall on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 12:16 a.m. on a report of the odor of marijuana. Upon arrival, officers met with a CA who stated that an odor was detected from a room in Travers Hall. While walking up to Travers Hall, officers noted a strong odor of burnt marijuana. Campus Police knocked on a door in Travers Hall, received permission to enter the room and observed a small amount of a green vegetative substance believed to be marijuana on the top of a dresser, according to police. Officers asked if it belonged to one of the individuals in the room and one of the students said it did. The other student said that some of the marijuana was his as well. According to police, the marijuana was in an open, accessible area to both accused and both stated it was their property. At 1:34 a.m., officers arrested the two individuals. At 1:50 a.m., prostaff determined both would be allowed to remain in their residence hall and the two were escorted back to Travers. The students were also issued a summons, police said.

    At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, Campus Police responded to a call on the Metzger Drive rear entrance to Lot 8 about a report of an intoxicated individual. Upon arrival, officers stated that they witnessed three individuals walking along the sidewalk and at least one had difficulty maintaining balance. Campus Police approached the individual who identified himself and told police he was visiting a friend and they had gone to an off-campus party. Officers noted a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath as he spoke. He stated that he had five to seven beers and two to three shots while on campus and then at the party. The other two individuals gave similar information about the alcohol consumed, according to police. One student had difficulty standing up, continuously lost balance and fell asleep multiple times while being questioned, police said. At this time, the accused were escorted into a hallway entrance of the Administrative Services Building to be evaluated by TCNJ EMS. They were then issued a summons for underage drinking, according to police.

Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345.

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