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Police Blotter

Burnt steak, cologne and more

Burnt Steak in Haymarket

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on March 8, an officer was dispatched to Haymarket Landing to respond to a fire alarm set off in the building. The Communications Center alerted the dispatched officer that it was a smoke alarm. 

When a second officer arrived on the scene, fire personnel had also arrived and were inside the building. Fire personnel alerted the second officer that they could reset the alarm in the building. Fire personnel informed the officers that the fire alarm was set off by a burnt steak. 

Graffiti in Putnam Park

At approximately 6:23 a.m. on March 11, two officers were conducting a random vehicle patrol along 800 Putnam Drive. One of the officers in the patrol car observed new graffiti on the walls of the tunnel that runs under State Street. 

One of the officers exited the patrol car to take photos of the graffiti using their primary squad cell phone. One of the pieces of graffiti appeared to say “Princess Peach”, another appeared to say “Gap” and the final piece appeared to be obscene images drawn on the tunnel. 

All three pieces of graffiti appeared to be sprayed in green, red and yellow spray paint being used as well. The officer was unable to tell what other new pieces of graffiti in the tunnel were saying and took pictures of the graffiti to add to the graffiti log. 

There are no suspects at this time. 

Drug Incident in Governor’s Hall

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 29, officers were dispatched by a student’s call reporting that they smelled marijuana coming from someone’s room in Governors Hall. The caller said that they would make contact with one of the officers in the lobby.

One officer met with the caller in the lobby and walked up to the room where the odor was permeating. The officer didn’t detect the odor of marijuana coming from the person’s room. 

The officer did detect the odor of body spray or cologne and then informed the caller that they didn’t detect the smell of marijuana, but would contact the resident of the room to be sure. 

The officer knocked on the door of the room to and made contact with the sole resident of the room. It took the resident several minutes to answer the door and when the officer got a response, the resident was wearing over-the-ear headphones and playing video games. 

The resident confirmed that they were a resident of the room and gave consent for the officer to enter the room. No odor of marijuana was present within the room, but the officer did detect the scent of body spray and cologne. 

The resident denied that he was using marijuana, but said that he had just showered and used cologne. The resident had no indicators that they were under the influence of marijuana or other substances. 

The resident said that he didn’t have anything illegal in the room and told the officer that they could search the rest of the room if they wished. The officer briefly looked around the room and didn’t see any evidence of drug use. 

The officer thanked the resident for their cooperation and answered all of his questions. The officer then vacated the scene. 

Mikalofsky can be reached at [email protected]

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