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Burnt cupcake causes evacuation of Towers South residence hall

Avery Shanahan

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Police Blotter
November 24, 2021

UW-Eau Claire Police were called to Towers residence halls for suspicious activity, vandalism and possible fire last week. 

Burnt Cupcake Evacuation

At 8 p.m. on Sept. 27 an UW-Eau Claire police officer was dispatched to Towers South residence hall in response to a potential fire. 

Upon arrival, the officer was informed that the resident assistant of the building smelled smoke coming from the fifth floor and set off the alarm to trigger an evacuation. 

The residents of the building were evacuated as the Fire Department arrived on the scene. 

The officer went up to the fifth floor, located the room where the burnt odor was coming from and observed a burnt microwave cupcake to be the origin of the smell. 

The windows were opened to air out the room and the fire alarm was turned off. 

Wanted man causes disturbance in CVTC

On Sept. 28 officers were dispatched to assist in the situation of a man being disorderly at the Chippewa Valley Technical College. 

The subject had been asked to leave the building, but refused unless the police were involved. At 2:30 p.m. an officer arrived on scene to find another officer already speaking to the man. 

After talking with the subject, officers were told he was waiting for a bus to take him to Minneapolis outside of Towers South residence hall. The officer had also run a background check during this time and found he had several non-extraditable warrants for his arrest in other states. 

The officers had instructed the man not to enter CVTC orTowers South to avoid further law enforcement action.

The officers cleared the scene.

Towers North Wing Decor Destroyed

Police were called to the ninth floor of Towers North residence hall around 9 p.m. on Oct. 1 due to a complaint about destroyed wing decor.

At the time, they were unsure if the offender was a resident in the wing or if the attack was random. 

Any additional damaged decor was not found in the residence hall. The officer assisted with cleaning up the vandalism and cleared the scene. 

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