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The official student newspaper of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire since 1923.

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The return of blotter

April 28

The secret password is theft

A woman was in her room in Towers North around 3:30 a.m. when she saw two people take the playhouse on the hall director’s patio. They ran toward the direction of Chippewa Valley Technical College with it. She called the police and told them it happened so fast, she could not give a description of the suspects or say if they were male or female.
The police officer looked around and did not see the suspects, he found the playhouse outside of the Towers South entrance. There was no damage to the playhouse. The officer brought it back and set it outside of the patio gates. The woman said she would notify the hall director in the morning.


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April 30


An officer was on patrol around the Garfield Avenue area of campus when he spotted three men on BMX bikes near a raised concrete wall on the northwest end of Katherine Thomas Hall. The officer suspected they were doing bike tricks, which is not allowed on university grounds.
When the officer approached the group of bike riders, one of them took off. The other two stayed to talk with the officer and one of the men said they were using the raised wall as a jump. The officer explained that BMX tricks and stunt riding is not allowed in the area, and explained the ordinance prohibiting them from doing so.
A verbal warning was issued, and before the two men left they told the officer the identity of the third person in their party.


May 1

Bike thief courteous enough to leave lock and cable

An officer, responding to a complaint about a stolen bike, met a woman who claimed her bike was stolen outside of Hibbard Hall. The woman said her bike was stolen around mid-February. At the scene of the theft was the cable and lock for the bike, undamaged and unlocked.
The officer got a description of the bike from the woman: a dark blue
Pacific Saber. The officer then suggested she watch other bicycle racks for her bike because it could have possibly just been borrowed.


May 3

The magically disappearing fire

An officer driving down Lowes Creek Road, returning from the Priory, saw smoke and fire in the tree line. A man was stopped at the side of the road and flagged the officer down. The man said he called 9-1-1 to report sparking power wires, setting some branches ablaze. The officer reported the fire to the Township fire department and informed the man they were on their way. The officer then stuck around to watch the fire. There was then a small explosion, which put out the fire and smoke.


May 4

Pop or soda can?

An officer witnessed a man walking by the corner of 2nd Avenue and Water Street who threw an object over a fence which sounded like it hit something. The officer approached the man and asked what he
had thrown.
The man said it was a pop can. He was walking back from El Patio back to campus. The officer could smell alcohol and asked the man if he was drinking. He said he had been taking shots of rum earlier in the night. The officer gave him a breathalyzer test and the man blew a 0.11. The officer gave the man an underage ticket in the amount of $263.50.


May 4

April snow showers, May snow

At 1:45 a.m. an officer received a complaint about vandalism to the glass front door of Horan Hall. Someone had thrown a snowball into the door, then
immediately fled the area.
The suspect was described as an Asian male. He fled towards Towers Hall after the snow throw. The officer walked through the area around Hilltop, along with Towers and Horan Halls, but found nothing suspicious.
The officer then talked with the security desk worker at Horan, who was the one that saw the incident happen. He reported a snowball fight had taken place outside of the hall 10 minutes prior to the act of vandalism. The suspect is still at large.


May 5

Round and round

At the Wisconsin State Music Association Festival, a bus pulled into the Haas Fine Arts Center lot and the passenger side rear bumper hit the driver’s side rear fender of a vehicle. The bus driver said it occurred while he was turning left.
Workers at the festival said the vehicle had been parked there for over two hours and thought the vehicle looked a bit suspicious. They had concerns because of the recent bombing in Boston. The officer checked out the vehicle but found nothing suspicious. He wrote a parking ticket and called for a tow truck. When the tow truck came, a man approached and said he was the owner of the vehicle. He said he had arrived around 11:40 a.m. to help set up the festival, he had unloaded his car and forgot where he had parked it.

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