Wrong Place, Wrong Time
On the evening of Dec. 25, Officer J.D. Watson responded to a call about a suspicious odor in University Village. Upon arrival Watson could smell the odor, suspected to be burnt marijuana, coming from the room. After knocking and being invited in, he questioned the residents and guests and searched the room. Watson found nothing, but after running the individuals’ names through the database, an active criminal trespass warning issued two weeks prior came back on one of the female guests. The female student was arrested and taken to Cobb ADC without incident.
I Wanted Mashed Potatoes, Not a Mashed Bumper
Shortly before 1 p.m. on Dec. 24, Officer Hammond was dispatched to the Cracker Barrel parking lot in response to a report of a hit-and-run. Once there, Hammond met with the female, who reported that her 2012 Toyota Prius had been damaged in the parking lot. She didn’t know how. After the woman parked and walked into Cracker Barrel she saw spots closer to the door open up, so she went to move her Prius. When she returned to the vehicle, she saw the damage and called in a report. There is no known video of the incident.
Storms Commit Damage to Property
On Dec. 23, Officer Herrmann discovered that recent storms had damaged the sports park. A large section of bleacher and the attached tents were lying outside the fence, across from where they typically sat. Due to the high winds during the three previous days and the size of the bleacher, Herrmann concluded it was highly unlikely that a person or persons had moved the equipment. There is some damage to the fence as well, but plant operations and sports park management have been notified.
On Saturday, Nov. 3, police were conducting a safety stop when a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt pulled up at 10:20 p.m. Officers detected an odor of fresh marijuana coming from the passenger compartment and told the vehicle to pull over to the side of the road. The driver and his passenger were told to exit the vehicle while the search was being conducted, and when police checked the names and birth dates the two men gave them with dispatch, they came back valid. Police found marijuana in the vehicle during the search and placed both men under arrest for possession.
After being place under arrest, the driver of the vehicle informed police officers that he originally provided a false name and birthdate
because his license was suspended. The ID the driver gave to police was actually his passenger’s information, and the information the passenger gave police was a friend’s. The passenger stated that when his friend falsely gave police his information, he did not want to get him in trouble so he just came up with a different name as well. During the booking process, the passenger of the vehicle was found with an additional Georgia identification card that did not belong to him, and it was confiscated. Both men were issued citations for giving false name and possession of marijuana under one ounce, and the driver was also issued a citation for driving with a suspended license.
Police were dispatched to University Place on Thursday, Nov. 1 in reference to suspected marijuana. Police could smell the odor of marijuana around the apartment, and when they knocked on the door, could smell the odor coming from inside the apartment when it was opened. The two male residents told police they did not have any marijuana and gave their consent for a search to be conducted of their rooms. During the search, a bottle of Captain Morgan Parrot Bay rum was found in one of the rooms, along with some Vyvanse pills wrapped in aluminum foil. The resident told police he uses the pills to study, but that he did not have a prescription for them. He was placed under arrest for possession of a controlled substance and underage possession of alcohol and was transported to Cobb ADC.
Police were dispatched to University Village Suites on Monday, Nov. 5 at 5:55 p.m. in response to an assault. The victim, who is not a student at KSU, stated he was on campus to visit his friend. The victim said he was outside the Suites smoking a cigarette when the suspect, a black male around 6’1- 6’2 with dread locks, approached him and asked if he had a spare cigarette to give him. The victim replied that he did not have an “f-ing cigarette”, and the suspect then punched him around his left eye/cheek area and ran away. When police asked him if he was hurt, the victim replied that it was just his pride. He was advised to contact KSU Police if he saw the suspect again.
Police were dispatched to the OwlTec at the KSU Bookstore on Monday, Oct. 29 at 12 p.m. in reference to a possible fraud. The manager of the OwlTec told officers that a man came into the store on Sept. 27 and pur- chased two white iPads and a white MacBook Pro with an American Express credit card. The employee who rang up the purchase could not get the American Express card to swipe. The employee verified the customer’s name and identification and keyed in the credit card number and the purchase went through. However, American Express recently contacted the store and informed the manager that they would not pay for the charges because the purchase was fraudulent. The employee who handled the purchase told police that she thought the man had handed her a student identification card, but there is no record of him being a student at KSU. The incident is still under investigation.
On Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 3:22 a.m., officers spotted a vehicle driving with a bro- ken tail light on Frey Road. Before a traffic stop could be conducted, the driver pulled into the Central Parking Deck and drove up the third level. The driver parked (properly in a parking space, officer’s noted) and ran toward the exit stairwell. An officer fol- lowed the driver and caught up with him outside of the parking deck. The driver was acting nervous, but could not tell officers why he ran. He tested negative for alcohol and had no weapons on him. Police asked for permission to search his vehicle and the driver said no, but did con- sent to allowing a K-9 police dog search. No illegal items were found in the vehicle, and the driver received a cita- tion for a broken tail light and invalid insurance.
Wanted Person Found
On Monday, Nov. 5 at 2:50 a.m., officers were dispatched to University Village Suites in response to a wanted person found. The male suspect had an outstanding warrant from Forsyth County for probation violation. Police positioned themselves outside the apartment and knocked on the door, but no one answered. An officer located near a window of the apartment informed those at the door that there was movement inside. Police continued knocking without response. Finally, at approximately 3:31 a.m., the suspect opened the door. Police gave verbal commands for him to turn around, but the suspect did not comply. Police then displayed a firearm and Taser gun. The suspect turned around and got on the ground so he could be handcuffed. He was trans- ported to the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.
Officers were dispatched to University Place on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 11 p.m. in response to a domestic dispute. The two victims stated that the male suspect got angry at one of the female victims for smoking
a Black-n-Mild cigar inside the apartment and became verbally aggressive toward her. The victims said they asked him to leave so he gathered his belongings and put them outside the door of the apartment. The suspect then re-entered the apartment and continued yelling at the female. He was asked to leave again and when he walked outside he demanded that someone had to help him carry his belongings. The door was being closed when the suspect started pushing against it to get back in the apartment. He kicked the door several times, which caused the door frame to break and damaged the wall and a light switch to the apartment.
The suspect forced his way into the apartment and struck both the female and her friend in the upper torso area while yelling profanities. A neighbor observed the suspect kick the door in and called the police. The suspect fled the scene and was pulled over on Campus Loop Road, where he was given a Standard Field Evaluation. The suspect tested positive for alcohol and was transported to Cobb ADC and is a being charged with drunken driving, simple battery, criminal trespass damage and possession underage consumption.
The Couple that Trespass Together…
Police responded to an assault at University Place Apartments on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 2:19 p.m. The female victim stated that her husband, with whom she is separated from, kicked her in the shin, grabbed her by the shoulder and threw her to the ground after she confronted him about living with another female student. She claims that she walked into the apartment of the female student after finding the door open and found him smoking marijuana with a friend, which is when the fight began. The victim also informed KSU
officers that there was an outstanding warrant issued for her husband’s arrest at the Cobb County Sheriff’s Office.
At 2:29 p.m., the husband was apprehended in the parking lot of the KSU Police Department, where he went to turn himself in. The husband denied assaulting his wife and was transported to Cobb County Jail for an outstanding warrant. Police found no evidence of drug use in the apartment but issued both husband and wife criminal trespass warnings.
Why Cellphones and Driving Don’t Mix
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while crossing Frey Road at 6:21 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. When police arrived, the victim was bleeding from the back of his head and was fading in and out of consciousness. The driver of the vehicle stated that he was looking down at his phone while making a left onto Frey Road from the East Parking Deck and did not see the victim until it was too late. There were seven witnesses to the accident and each gave a statement to the police about what they observed. The victim was transported to Kennestone Hospital and was unable to recall the events of the accident. The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for failure to yield for pedestrian in crosswalk.
An officer was on foot patrol near Pilcher Library when he noticed a person standing on the roof of Willingham Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 11 p.m. When the officer approached the building and called out to the person to come down, not one but three students emerged. The students claimed to be playing a game of “Manhunt” and said they had climbed the building to hide. Each student received a Judiciary and was advised to find less adventurous hiding spots in the future.
An officer was on George Busbee Parkway on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1:40 a.m., when a white Ford Taurus drove by going 60 mph. The officer initiated a traffic stop and when the male driver lowered his window, the officer noticed a strong smell of alcohol. When asked if he had consumed any alcohol that night, the driver admitted to having two Yuengling beers. The driver tested positive for alcohol and failed the Standard Field Sobriety Evaluation. He was placed under arrest for drunken driving and speeding and was put in the back of the patrol car to be transported to Cobb ADC. While en route to the police department, the handcuffed driver managed to get his cellphone out of his back pocket and dialed his friend from the back of the patrol car. The officer overheard him attempting to give his friend their exact location, and when the officer pulled the car over to retrieve the cellphone, the arrested driver tried to sit on it so it could not be confiscated. The officer got the phone, and upon arrival at Cobb ADC, the driver became disrespectful and uncooperative, and made statements such as, “I hate all you
Officers responded to a theft report in the Central parking deck on Saturday, Oct. 6, around 1 p.m. A female student stated that she parked her car on the third or fourth floor of the Central parking deck between 7 and 8 a.m., and when she returned to her vehicle at 11 a.m. she realized someone had cut the front bumper and stole the grill from it. Police took photos of the vehicle, but there is no known video of the incident.
At 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, officers were dispatched to the North parking deck in response to a theft of a handicap hangtag. A male student stated that he parked his 1999 Town and Country Chrysler van by the elevator on the second level of the parking deck on Oct. 7 at 3:30 p.m., and when he went back down at midnight, the tag was gone. The student said he does not lock his doors because he has trouble with the vehicle’s alarm system. Police are checking surveillance videos to see if the incident was captured.
An officer was dispatched to KSU Place in response to a suspicious person at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9. A female student stated that on Sept. 17 she was on her way to work when she was stopped by a couple, around 50 to 60 years in age, claiming to be Jehovah’s Witnesses. The student said she told the couple she was in a hurry, continued onto work and did not have any more contact with them. On Monday, Oct. 8, at around 12 p.m., her roommate woke her up and said her aunt and uncle were at the apartment to visit, but when the student went out into the common area, the same couple who had claimed to be Jehovah’s Witnesses the previous month was standing there. The student stated that she told them to leave and to also not tell people they were relatives of hers when they are not. The couple left generic religious pamphlets with the student, but no church address or name was printed on them. Police advised her to call them if she ever saw the couple around campus again.
At 9:30 p.m. on Monday Oct.1, a female student said she called a male RA to come to her apartment in University Place because she was having an on-going disagreement with her roommate about touching other people’s personal property. Her roommate then reported that while in the apartment, the male RA grabbed her by the arm and would not let her go back to her room. The RA insists that he never touched her and that he could not even get her to open her door all the way to speak to her. There were no visible marks or bruises on her arm, and her roommate who originally called the RA did not witness the exchange. Police advised the RA’s that should they need to return to the apartment, they should do so in groups of two or more.
Hide and Seek
Officers were dispatched to University Village in reference to a suspicious odor on Tuesday Oct. 2 at 10:50 p.m. A female student opened the door and she and her roommate gave permission for police to search the apartment. While conducting the search, a pipe was found in one of the bedrooms in a box on the student’s desk. Nothing was found in the other bedroom, although officers noticed a window was open. Officers went outside of the apartment to continue the search and found a black bag containing a pipe and marijuana under the open window. One of the female students admitted the first pipe was hers, while a male visitor said the black bag outside the window was his. The female student and the male visitor were both arrested for possession of marijuana.
KSU Con Artist
A female student came to the Public Safety lobby to report a theft on Friday Oct. 5, at 7:30 a.m. The student stated that on Sept. 30 she responded to an ad on Craigslist about an Apple iPhone 4S for sale. The male posting the ad said he was also a student at KSU, and the two decided to meet on Monday, Oct. 1, between 3-3:15 p.m. by the Commons to complete the transaction. The female student paid $285 for the iPhone, but two days later when trying to activate the phone, was told that it had been reported stolen and would not be able to use it. The female student gave the iPhone to the police and completed a voluntary statement of facts form about the incident.
An officer was flagged down at the Chevron station off Busbee Drive and Chastain Road by an employee of the gas station to investigate a suspicious automobile at 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. According to the employee, a car had been sitting at a gas pump for more than 30 minutes and the occupant had not come out. When the officer approached the vehicle, the driver was found unconscious and salivating profusely on himself. After the man was awakened by the officer pounding on the window, he stumbled out of the car and tried to walk off. He was stopped and was having a difficult time standing, so the officer had to hold him upright. While the officer was supporting him, the man reached down, unzipped his pants and began urinating in front of the officer and customers of the gas station. The man said he had been at a party in Acworth and was trying to get back to his home, also in Acworth. The officer asked him where he thought he was, and he replied, “Acworth.” He was too inebriated to complete a Field Sobriety Evaluation, but the man was given a state breathalyzer test and tested positive for alcohol. His car was impounded and he was charged with driving under the influence and public indecency.
Caught in the Act
An officer was on foot patrol at the KSU Apartments at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 when a silver Nissan Pathfinder was spotted at the edge of the parking lot in an unlit area. A lighter could be seen flickering inside the vehicle, and when the officer approached, the smell of marijuana became strong. The officer knocked on the window, but the passengers would not open the window or door to respond. The officer explained that he knew they had marijuana, and they finally came out of the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle said he had just smoked, but that he did not have any more marijuana in the car. When the officer conducted a search of the vehicle, however, a gram of marijuana was found in a canister on the arm rest. A glass and a wooden smoking device were also found in the vehicle. The owner of the SUV was arrested and the passenger was released at the scene.
Baseball Bat Beating
An officer was dispatched to University Place on Sunday, Sept. 30 in response to an intoxicated person. A male student had been drinking heavily for days and was pacing the apartment and beating a trash can with a baseball bat, according to his roommates. The students said he had not been aggressive with them, but that they feared for their safety and his. The student had already had a previous incident that involved heavy drinking and had an appointment scheduled the following week with KSU Counseling and Psychological Services. He was not placed under arrest and said he would just remain in his room for the night.
Police were dispatched to KSU Place in response to a domestic dispute on Sept. 4, at 8:30 p.m.. The victim stated that her sister was visiting for the night and was upset when she was told she couldn’t borrow her computer. The victim said her sister quoted the bible, called her Satan and started to speak in tongues before attacking her. The victim said her sister pulled her hair, scratched her and bit her on the arm, before fleeing the apartment. Officers found the suspect walking along the road with a male and told them to stop, then watched the two get into a Dodge Durango. KSU police stopped the car, and asked for identification. The suspect gave a false name and birthdate. Police took the suspect into custody, but when she was put in the back of the patrol car, the suspect slumped over and would not open her eyes or respond to any questions. Paramedics arrived and found her responsive, but the suspect still would not respond to questions. She was transported to Kennestone Hospital for observation and was charged with domestic violence, simple battery harm and false name/date of birth.
A female employee at The Gateway News Stand flagged down an officer to report a suspicious person. The employee stated that an unidentified black male had been coming into the newsstand frequently just before the store closed at 11 p.m. and it made her very uncomfortable. She said she feels the man is watching her, and also said the suspect always has a group of friends with him and has smelled of alcohol on several occasions. The officer informed her to contact police if the man enters the store again or if she feels unsafe for any reason.
A male student set his book bag on the ground between 2-2:50 p.m. near his class so he could run on the Campus Green with his Health and Wellness class on Sept. 12. When the student returned home after class, he realized his black Link 5 Velocity computer tablet was missing. He said he waited to report the theft because he hoped it would turn up, but it has not.
An officer was dispatched to University Place Apartments at 1 a.m. Sept. 7 in response to a noise complaint. When the officer arrived, the sound of people shouting and stomping could be heard from the hallway two floors below the apartment. Eleven people were found inside and all were under the age of 20. Nine of the people tested positive for alcohol and each received a citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol.
An officer was dispatched Sept. 9 to the Wendy’s parking lot off Chastain Road in response to a suspicious vehicle. An employee of Wendy’s noticed a silver Toyota Camry running without a person inside when he arrived to work at 8 p.m. The car was still running when he came back outside at 10:30 p.m. The officer took the keys to dispatch and tracked down the owner of the vehicle, who met her mom in the Wendy’s parking lot hours before and was not aware she had left her car running.