Officer Dicks observed a silver Toyota 4Runner traveling without headlights early Nov. 1. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the female driver. The officer advised that the headlights were off and asked if she or her male passenger had been drinking. The driver said she wasn’t drinking but that the passenger had been. When asked for her license the driver said that she didn’t have it on her, but that she had one through Tennessee. After running her information through both Georgia and Tennessee, dispatch advised Officer Dicks that the woman did not have a license but only a Tennessee state ID. Officer Dicks returned to the vehicle and asked the driver to step out. The woman admitted not having a driver’s license and said the passenger was unaware of this. Dicks asked if she would submit to a blood alcohol test and the woman complied, saying that she was familiar with the device because she was a criminal justice major. She tested positive for the presence of alcohol and was arrested for underage consumption and driving without a license and transported to Cobb ADC. The passenger called a friend to come and drive his vehicle.
In the early hours of Nov. 3, Officer Hammock was dispatched to University Vil- lage in regards to a domestic dispute. Upon arrival, Ham- mock and Sergeant Centola, the backup officer, went to the apartment and knocked on the door. An RA who was already inside said while he was making his rounds he heard yelling and scream- ing coming from inside the apartment and checked to see if everyone was OK. He said that was when he found the victim crying. An ad- ditional witness confirmed the RA’s report. Officer Hammock met with a male suspect who appeared to be very intoxicated. According to the report, the man was loud, talkative, and spouting profanity. He became very defensive and uncooperative when asked about the incident. When asked for his license, the suspect said he left it in the victim’s bedroom. Officer Hammock followed the suspect into the room and observed the victim’s bathroom in disarray from the altercation. The suspect was unable to find his wallet so the officer and he returned to the living room. Officer Hammock gave several verbal commands for the suspect to calm down, sit in a chair and stop insulting the RAs. Sergeant Centola told Ham- mock to place the suspect un- der arrest for simple battery, underage consumption and damage to property. Photos were taken of the incident, in- cluding the victim’s leg, which was injured. The suspect was transported to Cobb ADC.
Officer Jordan was dispatched to University Village Suites in reference to the odor of marijuana coming from one of the apartments on the afternoon of Oct. 21. Officer Fry arrived as backup. The resident director told the officers he could smell marijuana coming from the room. Officer Jordan met with a resident of the apartment and asked if the officers could enter the common area. The resident gave consent and allowed the officers entry. Once inside, Officer Jordan met with another occupant and a friend. Both residents gave permission for the officers to conduct searches in their respective rooms. During the search of the second resident’s room, Officer Fry found marijuana in a suitcase in the closet. The resident admitted the suitcase was his and was placed under arrest for possession of less than one ounce. The resident was transported to Cobb ADC without incident.
The afternoon of Oct. 22, Officer B.J. Putnam observed a white Mercedes E350 fail to maintain its lane while exiting Interstate 75 southbound at Chastain Road. According to the report, the vehicle veered toward the patrol car, straddling the white line for about 300 feet. Officer Putnam initiated a traffic stop and met the female driver, who appeared dazed and confusedas she fumbled around searching for her driver’s license until the officer pointed it out to her. The woman attempted to hand the officer a stack of paperwork without being asked. She appeared sleepy at times and energetic at others. She told the officer that she was on Lexapro, Buspar and Visteril (prescription drugs used to treat anxiety). Officer Jordan arrived as backup. The driver had difficulty making it to the back of the car when asked, having to catch herself from falling multiple times. The officer had to explain the Walk and Turn Test multiple times, and the woman was not able to complete a single portion of the test correctly. When she walked in front of Officer Putnam, he detected the odor of alcohol. The driver was placed under arrest for driving under the influence.
An RA notified KSU police that there was an unknown male placing fliers on vehicles in the KSU Place parking area around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Officers Frieser and Byers responded and made contact with a Hispanic male carrying a large stack of fliers from the China House Restaurant. The officers notified the man that placing fliers on vehicles on KSU property was prohibited and the man said he was not aware of this. He spoke very little English and was issued a Criminal Trespass Warning by the officers, who told him that if he were caught on campus again he would be arrested. The man was instructed to leave and was given a ride by a third party without incident.
DO YOU ACCEPT CHECKS?
Officers Nelson and Dicks responded to two separate reports at University Place regarding two white males who were going door to door asking for money the evening of Oct. 17. The incident that Officer Nelson responded to was with a female resident who said two blond men wearing dark shirts knocked on her door and told her they were selling magazines to support the troops. When she told them that she didn’t have any money the men got angry and refused to leave. She gave them $5 so they would leave, which they did. The woman told the officer that she thought one of the men had a tattoo on one of his arms. Officer Dicks spoke with two RAs who were going to the room of another female resident who also gave the two men money. The resident told police the men said they were selling books and magazines in exchange for donations for poor children. She said the two males were insistent so she gave them $6 in cash and wrote a check for $58. She said she realized after the men left that she had been scammed, adding that she would like her money back. The resident was advised to place a hold or stop on the check through her bank.
Officer Culberson was dispatched to University Place just after 10 p.m. in reference to a suspicious odor coming from one of the rooms. Officers Dicks and Nelson arrived as backup. A man answered the door and gave the officers permission to enter the apartment. They were met by another man who also lived there. The officers looked around and noticed a large hookah in the living room next to a drinking glass filled with a pink alcoholic beverage. Officers asked if there were any more people in the apartment, and the residents said there were three individuals in one of the bedrooms. The occupants of the room were asked if they had consumed any alcohol, and two underage students admitted to drinking. The officers administered Alco-sensor tests on the individuals and three tested positive. The two who admitted to drinking were issued citations for underage consumption. The man who answered the door continued to deny having had anything to drink and was placed under arrest for underage consumption and transported to Cobb ADC.
DRUGS IN THE ROOM
Two officers were dispatched to the University Village Suites a resident adviser called and said she had smelled marijuana coming from one of the rooms. When the officers knocked they were answered by a male student who gave them permission to enter. The man said there were other people in the apartment, at which time his roommate and another woman exited one of the bedrooms. Both residents consented to a search of their rooms. In the roommate’s room, Officer Hammock discovered a glass pipe attached to a plastic tube as well as a grinder and a plastic container of marijuana. The officer also located a vaporizer. The officer confiscated the contraband and allowed the woman to leave, but the roommate was arrested for possession and taken to Cobb ADC.
Officer Massengill was dispatched to East Deck regarding an accident at the deck’s entrance. Upon arrival, the officer found that the arm of the gate had been cracked and the vehicle had scratches on its roof. When questioned, the driver admitted that he dropped his hangtag and figured he could follow the vehicle in front of him through the gate when the arm dropped down on top of the vehicle. The driver was able to remove the vehicle from the gate without assistance.
Officer Massengill was dispatched to the site of an accident on Frey road the morning of Sept. 21. The driver of the first vehicle said her steering wheel locked up, causing her to drift into oncoming traffic. The second driver said she was traveling in the far right lane when she saw the other vehicle coming toward her. She attempted to avoid the collision but could not. The woman was transported to Kennestone Hospital to be treated for injuries. While filling out an impound sheet for the wrecked vehicle that caused the accident, Officer Hammond noticed the odor of burnt marijuana. Massengill asked the woman who was driving if there was anything in her car the officers should know about. She said there was not. After obtaining permission from the woman, a search of the vehicle was conducted. Altman observed the driver pull a cigarette case from her purse and noted that she was behaving strangely. An inspection of the cigarette case revealed marijuana along with a pipe. The woman was taken to the hospital for potential injuries and advised to contact dispatch upon release. Officers ended up having to go to the driver’s parents’ house in order to bring the woman into custody.
Officer Shepherd responded to a call about an unruly student in Prillaman Hall on the afternoon of Sept. 13. The student reportedly failed a competency exam to remain in the Nursing program twice and subsequently threw a tantrum. The student reportedly laid down on the floor and began screaming and kicking her feet in the air. The woman, who was crying and stomping her feet, then pretended she was going to remove her pants. Officer Shepherd located the student, who said that she failed the exam twice and was very upset, but she did not mean to alarm anyone. The student was advised to wait a while before heading home and there was no further incident.
Officer Mason observed and followed a black Volvo S60 traveling at a slow speed early in the morning of Sept. 8. The officer initiated a traffic stop when both driver side tires passed over the double yellow line. The officer detected the odor of marijuana while speaking with the driver, whose eyes were bloodshot. There were two passengers in the vehicle. When asked if he had marijuana on his person or in his vehicle, the driver said no, and was informed that the officer had probable cause to search the vehicle, at which point the driver disclosed that there was marijuana in the glove box and that he had smoked “One blunt,” before driving the vehicle. In the glove box, a pill bottle containing one gram of marijuana was found, as well as a grinder with marijuana residue.
In a backpack belonging to one of the passengers, another pill bottle was found containing marijuana residue, as well as a scale, and a false asthma pump vaporizer. Officer Watson arrived and discovered a multi-colored pipe found in a hidden pocket of the bag. The driver and passenger were placed under arrest and the driver was charged with possession and driving under the influence of drugs.
GET LOST, DUDE
Officer Dicks responded to a call regarding a fight that broke out at University Place Apartments the evening of Sept. 4. Officers Jordan, Culberson and Nelson responded as backup. Upon arriving to the courtyard area, officers found several individuals present, two residents and a non-student in a green shirt. Officers separated the individuals and asked what happened. According to one of the residents, a man in a green shirt was cursing and yelling at a female student and then hit her. The resident did not know the female, but saw her run into the apartment with another male that he didn’t know. Officers found the female and male that ran into the apartment accompanied by a Resident Advisor. The female told them the man in the green shirt became angry when she rejected him. The male asked to talk to the officer away from the female and indicated that the two of them were going to his room to have sex when they were accosted by the man in the green shirt. The officers placed the man in custody for simple assault and underage consumption and transported him to Cobb ADC.
DO YOU SMELL THAT?
Officer Mason was dispatched to University Place Apartments in reference to a suspicious odor on the afternoon of Sept. 13. Mason arrived and made contact with an RA, who advised that she smelled the odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. Officers Watson and Hammock arrived as backup. Mason asked for permission to search the room and was denied by three residents, all of whom appeared to be under the influence of marijuana.
The officers then asked the residents to wait outside the room while they secured a warrant. A warrant was issued for the search of all common areas and one of the bedrooms. Mason returned with the warrant, and gave the resident a copy. Upon searching the apartment, two multicolored smoking pipes were recovered from the porch balcony as well as a bag of marijuana weighing seven grams and a marijuana grinder containing residue. Watson recovered one multi- colored smoking pipe from the bedroom. The resident whose room was searched was taken into custody and transported to Cobb ADC.
KSU’s Year of Japan will introduce students to the nation of Japan through art, lectures and events designed to foster an interest in the global community.
The Year of Japan program will feature lectures every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. during the Fall Semester that will include a variety of topics. The Year of Japan will also feature an art exhibit, performances, a conference and a convention.
“[The Year of series is] something [KSU] does every year,” said Dr. Daniel Paracka, KSU’s director of Education Abroad. “[Its purpose is] to share the culture and a broad understanding of the culture with the campus, so it is for everyone.”
According to Dr. Paracka, the Year of events are circulated to provide students with knowledge of different countries around the world across their educational experience. This is not the first Year of Japan as Japan was the country chosen 30 years ago when the program first began.
One of the highlight events this semester is J-Con, a convention similar to Dragon Con but on a smaller scale. . According to Caitlin Syfrett, who is in charge of the team organizing J-Con, there will be a cosplay contest, video game tournaments with cash prizes and various Japanese-themed panels and workshops.
According to information provided by both Syfrett and J-Con’s organizer,Brent Jones, the proceeds from the event will support the Rebuilding 10,000 Lives In Japan charity, which was set up to help those affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that inflicted massive damage across Japan.
J-Con will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, in the University Rooms of the Carmichael Student Center.
A two-day conference will be held with a humanitarian response to crisis theme. The idea is to talk about how to respond to and recover from a crisis. “When there is [a natural disaster or crisis], Japan is [one of ] the first to send help,” said Dr. Paracka.
KSU will also offer special classes centered on various aspects of Japanese culture as well as a study abroad program to Japan.
With the variety of events and topics in relation to Japan, students could find new areas of interest or broaden their understanding of a current area of interest, as well as finding new forms of entertainment. Dr. Paracka said the topics this fall are mostly historical and that topics in the spring will be more contemporary. With a wide variety of topics and speakers from many different places and areas of expertise, professors have something to encourage their students to experience. Through the Year of Japan program, students can enhance their educational experience and can embrace new ideas, places, people and culture.
Most events are lectures, but there are other events that are not directly tied to Year of Japan but are related.
A man was arrested for possession of marijuana after his blue Nissan Sentra was pulled over for having a missing brake light on the evening of Sept. 5. Officer Culberson, who initiated the traffic stop made contact with the driver and noticed the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. When asked where he was coming from, the man said he was coming from his apartment. Officer Jordan arrived as backup. When asked to step out of the car, the driver complied and the officers conducted a search of the vehicle. The officers located a small quantity of marijuana in the driver-side door, and a small black bag with a drawstring was found in the center console with what appeared to be marijuana residue inside. The man was transported to Cobb ADC.
INTOXICATED ROAD HAZARD
The evening of Sept. 6, Officer Mason arrived at the stadium entrance in response to reports of an intoxicated white male who appeared to be running from police. When Mason arrived on the scene, Captain Murphy was with the suspect and advised that he had been running in the street, creating a road hazard as well as endangering himself. According to the report, the man appeared to be very intoxicated and was arrested. In transit, the man began to convulse and vomit severely. Upon arrival at Cobb ADC, the man appeared to be even more inebriated. His speech was inaudible, and he could barely stand up straight. As the man walked into the jail, Mason heard the sound of a small glass object hitting the ground. The object appeared to be paraphernalia for smoking an illegal substance. The man denied that the glass pipe belonged to him. At the jail, the man vomited multiple times and after checking his blood alcohol content, it was determined that it would be unsafe to book him. The man was transported to Kennestone Hospital where Mason stayed with him for four hours. After being treated for intoxication, the man was transported back to Cobb ADC and placed in a solitary cell to sober up.
The afternoon of Sept. 5 Officer Cortolano smelled the strong odor of burning marijuana in the North Parking Deck. The officer turned around to investigate the odor and observed someone sitting in a beige 4Runner. The officer made contact with the individual after he exited the vehicle and asked if the individual man had been smoking in the vehicle. The driver said he was not but admitted that he had earlier. The officer asked if there was marijuana in the vehicle and the individual reportedly stated, “Maybe there is, maybe there isn’t. I don’t know.”The individual refused an initial search of the vehicle, but he consented when Officer Jackson arrived on scene with K-9 Jerry Lee. Jerry Lee alerted on the vehicle and the officers conducted a search, finding suspected fresh marijuana inside a grinder in the center console as well as a suspected burnt marijuana cigarette in the ashtray. The individual was taken into custody and transported to Cobb ADC.
Early Sept. 1, Officer Culberson spotted a Ford Escape with expired tags and conducted a traffic stop. The officer made contact with the driver, and neither the driver nor the vehicle turned up any warrants. Officer Jordan arrived as backup. One of the four passengers turned out to be wanted in Bartow County for violation of probation, obstruction, providing false information and assault. The wanted passenger was placed under arrest and searched for weapons and contraband. None were found. The driver was issued a citation and the wanted passenger was transported to the county line and turned over to a Bartow County Sherriff’s Deputy.
Officer Fry observed a black Crown Victoria with mirrored window tint on the evening of Aug. 31 and maneuvered the patrol vehicle behind the vehicle at a traffic light. The driver was observed glaring at the officer through the driver’s side mirror.. Once the light turned green, the driver turned left into the left lane and abruptly changed lanes to the right, attempting to escape onto I-75. Officer Fry initiated the traffic stop. The driver pulled over and abruptly stopped and continued to give the officer aggressive looks. Due to the angry looks, Officer Fry requested backup. The officer requested the driver to lower all the windows on his vehicle, and the driver refused several times before lowering the right rear window. The officer made contact and the driver was very aggressive and screamed at the officer. Officers Putnam and Shepherd arrived. Officer Putnam instructed the driver to place his hands outside the driver door, and the driver complied until the officer approached. The driver quickly lunged for something under the seat, and the officers reacted quickly, subduing him. The driver was taken into custody and a search of the vehicle revealed $2,827 under the driver’s seat.
About midnight on Aug. 29, Officer Mason observed a gray Kia Sportage traveling at a high rate of speed as it passed the stadium. When the driver spotted the patrol car, he stepped on the brake suddenly and quickly turned onto an access road. Mason reported that the driver attempted to elude him, and the vehicle was observed to fail to maintain lane. The driver was observed moving erratically within the vehicle, and after coming to a stop,knocked the vehicle out of gear. The driver attempted to accelerate without success before noticing the vehicle was no longer in gear. The driver corrected this and made his way into a parking area where the officer initiated a traffic stop. Officer Mason noticed the smell of alcoholcoming
from inside the vehicle and noticed the driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his face was flush. The driver quickly lit a cigarette and began to smoke vigorously as the officer approached the vehicle a second time. The driver was asked to step out of the vehicle and to put out his cigarette, and the driver appeared to wobble as he walked toward the officer. The driver declined the Alco- sensor but submitted to a field sobriety test. The driver was arrested and transported to Cobb ADC.
Around noon on Aug. 19, Officer Hammond was dispatched to a hit-and-run accident. The driver who had left the scene reportedly made a left turn and failed to yield, striking the other vehicle in the left rear wheel and quarter panel before taking off. The driver of the struck vehicle followed the other long enough to get a vehicle and driver description as well as a license plate number. No injuries were reported. That evening, Officer Mason met with the suspect and placed her under arrest.
On the morning of Aug. 20, Officers Hammond and Parham responded to a BOLO (Be on the lookout for) regarding an Asian man reportedly driving aggressively and displaying a weapon to another motorist. The officers spotted a vehicle matching the description, and the registration number was the same as that reported by Dispatch. They stopped the black Hyundai coupe and Hammond approached the driver while Parham covered the passenger side. The driver was compliant with requests and answered questions about the incident. He also admitted to having a weapon in the glove box. Hammond asked the driver to exit the vehicle. The driver was compliant and the officer detained the suspect.. Officer Parham obtained from the glove box a Walther PK380 handgun and secured it. After securing the gun, Parham turned the weapon over to Sergeant Forman. A witness was brought in to confirm that the suspect was indeed the one driving aggressively and brandishing a firearm. The suspect was arrested and taken to Cobb ADC.
Just after midnight on Aug. 24, Officer Centola was flagged down by a male who stated he was just in a hit-in-run. The man said that his car was struck by a blue Toyota Corolla, but when. the driver pulled off into the Ice Forum parking lot, the other car drove off, failing to stop for the accident. The driver’s girlfriend was following him in her vehicle when the accident occurred and was able to follow the Corolla as she called the police. She followed the Corolla as it pulled into U Club, and stated that she saw a black male exit the vehicle. The man later turned himself in to KSU Police.