Police Report Roundup: April Antics

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A resident of Roskie Hall reported shortly before 1 p.m. on April 1 that someone had disassembled his or her bed frame and left it in the hallway. The resident apparently had no intention of sleeping in the hallway.

 

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In the afternoon of Friday, April 5, fire alarms were activated in the Swingle Health Center after fire and smoke was observed emanating from an electrical outlet. Officers responded and escorted the Bozeman Fire Department into the building, where it was determined that no fire existed and the outlet was replaced.

 

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At 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, an officer on patrol just off campus encountered an individual who immediately threw a partially full beer can at him. The individual left the scene on a bike and quickly eluded the officer who radioed dispatch with a description.

 

Bozeman Police soon found a young man on a bike matching the description given by the MSU Police officer. He fled from the officers on his bike. Officers caught and apprehended him, only to discover that he was an unrelated person who had fled because the bike he was riding was stolen. He was cited for theft and the bike was returned to its owner.

 

An hour later, Bozeman Police found and apprehended the beer-thrower who was charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction of justice. He was transported to Gallatin County Detention Center. After the Kafkaesque evening, Bozeman and MSU Police are as confused as those reading this report may be.

 

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Officers responded to Branegan Court at 8 a.m. on April 6 after a caller reported that an individual was “hiding behind cars suspiciously.” The responding police officers spoke with the suspicious individual, who was just waiting for a friend.

 

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In the afternoon of April 6, an individual calling from the SOB Barn reported that he or she had accidentally left his or her keys and wallet in his or her car.

 

When the individual returned to the car later, he or she found the car running with the wallet on the windshield. The individual stated that nothing was stolen from the vehicle or wallet.

 

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Staff members at the Museum of the Rockies reported that someone slipped a piece of paper with pornographic materials under the door of the staff room at the Child Development Center on April 7.

 

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A man who frequents campus to play basketball, though is not affiliated with the university, reportedly asked a student to go out with him in January. The student felt that the man was “creepy” and has since been approached multiple times by him around campus.

 

Upon checking the man’s history, police found that he is a registered sex offender. The man was removed from campus on April 9 and was arrested the next day by the Montana Department of Corrections for a violation of his probation.

 

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On April 11, a Roskie Hall resident reported that someone had put superglue in the lock to his or her room and was unable to access the space. A locksmith was contacted.

 

The next day, another student called with the same complaint. The cases are closed pending further investigative leads.

 

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A man preaching at the center of campus was reported by multiple individuals for yelling offensive and profane comments.

 

The responding officer observed students screaming profanity at the preacher who responded with the same profane language. The preacher was reminded of the responsibility to properly use free speech and warned for disorderly conduct.

 

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At noon on April 12, an individual reported seeing the hood of his or her car being used as a changing table. The car itself has yet to file a report.

 

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In the first 14 days of April, 16 individuals were cited for being in possession of alcohol under the age of 21. Thirteen of those citations occurred during rodeo weekend.