Smoking student at Sylva spurs police response

By Ellie Schuckman
Staff Writer

• At approximately 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, officers met with a student at Campus Police headquarters who reported her bicycle missing from Lot 7. The student stated she had secured her bicycle with a bike lock to a cement pillar in Lot 7. The bike was described as a mint green 700c Schwinn Admiral Women’s Hybrid and is valued at $159. According to reports, an officer checked the bikes in the basement of Campus Police headquarters to see if the missing bike was there, but had negative results. The student stated that she does not have the serial number to her bike. There are no suspects at this time, police said.

• Officers met with a student at police headquarters on Friday, Sept. 16, who reported damaged property. At approximately 3:55 p.m., officers met with the student who reported that the passenger side mirror on her vehicle was damaged. According to reports, the student showed the officer to her vehicle and pointed out the damage. She told the officer that she temporarily taped her mirror to the door so it was functional. After the tape was removed, the officer observed a crack on the plastic housing on the front side of the mirror. The rest of the housing appeared to be detached from the vehicle, police said. No other damage was observed on the vehicle and the student confirmed that there was no new damage to her vehicle besides the mirror. The student said that she parked her vehicle in Lot 11 on Sunday, Sept. 11, at approximately 10 p.m., and did not go back to her vehicle until Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. According to reports, the student said that she did not notice the damage until the mirror fell off while she was driving. She also said that she did not notice any damage to other vehicles around hers, police said.

• On Friday, Sept. 16, at approximately 11:20 p.m., officers out on vehicle patrol observed a light on the opposite side of Lake Sylva. The officers walked to the opposite side of the lake where they observed two males sitting on the bank of Lake Sylva with two backpacks beside them, smoking what was believed to have been marijuana out of a blue and white glass pipe, according to police. The officers then observed a large glass jug on the ground behind them that contained green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana. One of the officers asked the students who owned the jar, but both denied ownership, police said. The officers instructed the two to stand up, turn around and place their hands behind their back, interlacing their fingers. The students were placed under arrest at 11:30 p.m. At this time, Campus Police headquarters was advised of the arrest and a sergeant was requested to assist the officers, according to reports. Following the arrest, officers proceeded to collect the backpacks. In the area of the backpacks, an officer observed green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana in an additional glass container. The officer also collected an open 1.75-liter bottle of flavored vodka, three lighters, a plastic bag containing green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana, two knives, a black metal container concealing green leafy vegetation believed to be marijuana, an orange plastic container with matches and a clay bowl, police said. The students were transported to police headquarters for processing at 11:45 p.m., issued summonses and then released from custody at 2:15 a.m., according to reports.

• On Saturday, Sept. 17, at approximately 12:03 p.m., Campus Police was dispatched to the third floor of Wolfe Hall after receiving a report about an intoxicated student. Upon the officers’ arrival, they were met by members of TCNJ EMS who were providing care to the student. The student was alert, conscious and aware of her surroundings, according to police. She stated that she consumed an unknown amount of vodka and began to vomit. A student who was concerned about her well-being alerted a Community Adviser about her condition. TCNJ EMS deemed it unnecessary to transport her for additional medical attention, according to reports. The student who called was granted amnesty, police said.

• On Saturday, Sept. 17, at approximately 1:58 a.m., Campus Police was dispatched to the third floor of Travers Hall after receiving a call about an intoxicated person. Upon the officers’ arrival, members of TCNJ EMS were providing care to the student, police said. The student was alert and conscious, however, she was on the floor of the women’s bathroom. She stated that she consumed alcoholic beverages, police said. According to reports, TCNJ EMS deemed that the student did not need further medical attention. The intoxicated student was issued a summons for underage drinking, police said.

Anyone with information can contact Campus Police at 609-771-2345