UGAPD Blotter: Cigarette Causes Fire at Center for Fine Arts, Students Caught Smoking in Dorm and More | Campus News
A cigarette causes a fire at the Palais des Beaux-Arts
An employee of the University of Georgia Fine Arts Building called a UGA police officer to report a fire caused by a cigarette that had been put out, according to a UGAPD report.
On April 19 at around 4:00 p.m., the employee told the police officer that a student threw a lit cigarette on the ground near a pile of dry leaves, catching them on fire. The student entered the building, grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the fire, according to the report.
The responding officer reported that the building smelled of smoke and that the smell intensified as they approached the ground floor. The employee informed the officer that the fire was near the entrance to the air conditioning unit, causing a strong odor.
UGAPD contacted the student, who came to the building to meet the officer and explained to him that it was an accident. Because of their cooperation and voluntary return to the scene, UGAPD declined to file a litter complaint, according to the report.
Three Women Caught Smoking Marijuana In A Dorm
On April 20, three women were found smoking marijuana on the seventh floor of Creswell Hall, according to a UGAPD report.
When UGAPD officers arrived, they located the room the smell was coming from and knocked on the door, to which a woman with bloodshot eyes answered. There seemed to be smoke in the air and the other two women in the room tried to turn around and hide the items they were smoking.
Officers asked the three women to leave the room and noticed they all had bloodshot eyes and smelled of burning marijuana, according to the report. While speaking with the women, one of the officers noticed smoke coming from the floor near a window.
The officer entered the room to locate the smoke in case it could start a fire and found what appeared to be a blunt burn on the floor. The officer turned it off. While doing so, the officer noticed liquor in a locker on a nearby shelf.
The women did not consent to the search of their room and officers requested a search warrant. As one officer asked for a search warrant, another officer asked the women if they would pick up each of their items instead.
The women entered the room one by one and retrieved the following items: an ashtray with blunt remains, a bong, a zippered bag with a padlock, a water bottle used as a bong, bottles of rum, Jose Cuervo, Captain Morgan and two bottles of strong cider.
According to the report.
Due to the marijuana weighing less than an ounce, it was not enough to be sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for processing. UGAPD officers refused to press charges against all of the women for possession of marijuana.
Two of the women received citations for posing for alcohol before the age of 21. The Jolly Rancher THC gum was sent to the GBI lab for THC testing, according to the report.
Drunk man walks past UGAPD car on Baldwin Street
A UGAPD officer was patrolling the Baldwin Street area on April 23 at around 1:45 a.m. when a man walked in front of the officer’s car, forcing them to brake to avoid hitting him, according to a report.
The officer had noticed the man walking down the roadway with a group of students before exiting the roadway. After stopping, the officer asked the man to move to the side of the road to speak to them.
The man apologized and told the officer he was going back to his dorm after being downtown. The man confirmed he had been drinking and his license showed he was 19 years old.
The officer charged him with possession of alcohol by a minor and a warning for obeying traffic control vehicles.