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Student blames vomiting on car sickness, not alcohol

By Ellie Schuckman                                                                                                  News Editor

  At approximately 4:40 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, officers met a student at Campus Police Headquarters who stated that his wallet was stolen from the Campus Town Fitness Center. The male said that at approximately 4:05 p.m., he placed his wallet into a cubby and then went to the bathroom. He returned at 4:30 p.m. to find the wallet missing, police said. He went to the front desk and asked if it had been turned in, but it had not. The wallet is valued at $400, according to police.

  Campus Police were dispatched to the lower level of Wolfe Hall on Wednesday, March  9, on a report of an intoxicated female. At approximately 12:25 a.m., officers met with a Community Adviser (CA) in the lower level of Wolfe Hall. The CA stated that while walking into the back entrance of the building at 12:21 a.m., she observed a student vomiting near the entrance, according to police reports. The CA approached the student to assist her and then called Campus Police because she was concerned about the student’s well-being, police said. Upon arrival, officers asked the student if she was OK and if she could recount the events of the evening. She said she was OK and vomited as a result of car sickness returning from a party, according to police. As she spoke, the officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol emanating from her breath. Police then asked if she had consumed alcohol, to which she said she had two beers and four to five shots of vodka. A summons was issued for underage drinking, according to police.

  At 1:54 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, officers met with a student who stated that her zip-up sweatshirt, which held her student ID and a key, was stolen. She explained that she placed the sweatshirt on the west end of the fence surrounding the track at 1 a.m. She then went for a run around campus on Metzger Drive, police said. At 1:30 a.m., she returned to the track and found the sweatshirt missing. She had her student ID deactivated at Police Headquarters. Officers searched the area with negative results. The missing items are valued at $22, according to police.

• On Friday, March 11, a student called Campus Police to report harassment. He stated that a female from California chatted with him over a video connection and she then threatened to post the video onto YouTube unless he sent her $2,000, according to police. Officers identified this as a common internet scam. The student reported the video as inappropriate to YouTube, police said. Officers searched YouTube, but could not find the video. A search from his Facebook account indicated that she blocked his account once she was aware that he reported the incident to police. The student was advised that if anything else occurs or changes, he should notify Campus Police.

  Campus Police were dispatched to the rear of Townhouses South at 9:43 p.m. on Friday, March 11, regarding a person suspected of smoking marijuana. Upon arrival, a security officer pointed out a male that was standing behind the Townhouses South complex. The officer asked the male, “Where did you put the joint,” according to police. The male then pulled out what appeared to be a burnt marijuana cigarette out of his right pocket, police said. The cigarette was confiscated and he was asked for identification, according to reports. The male was arrested and transported to Campus Police Headquarters for processing. He was issued a summons to appear before the court and was released at 11:10 p.m., according to police.

  On Monday, March 21, at 11:25 a.m., a fire alarm was activated from the Chemistry Department. The officer responding to the scene was alerted by a student that there was a fire in the third floor women’s bathroom, police said. The officer proceeded to the third floor bathroom and confirmed that there was an activated trash fire, according to reports. The officer utilized a fire extinguisher from a nearby room, putting out the fire. The officer then informed dispatch of the smoke still present in the bathroom, according to police. At 11:55 a.m., the New Jersey Fire Marshal was notified of the incident. The bathroom was secured until the fire inspector investigated the room, police said. The building was reoccupied and the activated alarm was reset, according to police. At 1:30 p.m., Building Services was contacted and informed to clean the bathroom. The fire is currently under investigation, according to police.

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

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