The following information was taken from incident reports filed by officers at UCAPD. The reports are made available by university police after they are approved by a supervisor. That process takes a few days, which delays our report. This is a complete report of incidents filed for September 17-20.
Student Jeffery Walther, 18, was arrested for possession of marijuana and tampering with physical evidence. At about 7:03 p.m., Bear Hall Resident Assistant Rebecca Polacek, 20, told police she could smell marijuana coming from one of the dorm rooms. Police knocked on the door and identified themselves, and Walther, the resident, let them in. Students Justin Jackson, 18, and Yoseph Attaharwi, 18, were also in the room. All three students denied smoking marijuana. When asked, Walther said he had no marijuana or paraphernalia in the room. Walther consented to a search, then as police began searching, Walther gave up his marijuana and pipe. While police continued searching, Walther put some of the marijuana in his mouth. Police noticed and told Walther to spit it out. Walther was arrested and a second pipe was found.
Staff Member Pamela Wardlow, 51, fell down Old Main’s basement stairs at about 5:50 a.m. When police arrived, Wardlow was lying at the foot of the staircase. Wardlow complained of neck and shoulder pain, and a tingling in her left hip. Wardlow was taken to the hospital.
Assistant Professor Beula Magimairaj reported at about 4:37 p.m. that her car had been involved in a hit and run. Magimairaj said she left her car north of the Speech Pathology building at 8:15 a.m., and returned at 4:30 p.m. to find her rear driver side panel dented. There was a note on Magimairaj’s car that gave a license plate number, saying, “[number]hit your car Hyundai Azera on your driver’s side back tire – Citizen Bystander.” Police identified the owner of the car with the given license plate number, but there was no contact information, and the suspect is not a student or employee of UCA.
UCA employee Chris Knight reported at 9:57 a.m. that his truck had been involved in a hit and run sometime on September 18 between 4:30 a.m. And 3 p.m. in the parking lot west of the Physical Plant. The passenger side rear quarter panel had scratches with light brown paint transfer. The damage was estimated to be $600.
Nonstudent Santez Richardson, 23, was arrested for public intoxication at 1:18 a.m. An officer was investigating a report of people who had been turned away from a Sigma Phi Epsilon party loitering in the North Overflow parking lot. The officer was told over the radio to investigate a particular Chevy, which had Richardson sitting in the driver’s seat. When asked to open the door, Richardson had difficulty unlocking it. The car smelled strongly of alcohol. Richardson exited with his hands up, although the officer had not told him to. The car alarm started to sound, so Richardson closed the driver’s door and put a key in the lock to deactivate the alarm. The officer noticed the key was for a Honda, not a Chevrolet. Richardson said the vehicle belonged to him, and that he was a Central Baptist College student. The car had a UCA parking permit. There were open beer cans in the car. Richardson said he had a couple of beers and some vodka shots. The officer judged that Richardson was drunk enough to where he was a danger to himself and others and arrested him for public intoxication.