Crime Beat

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

One escort, one arrest
On the evening of April 18 police were called to an apartment off West Second North Street to help a current tenant move out. The complainant said he has had altercations with another tenant of the apartment who lives there with the complainant’s ex-girlfriend. The complainant asked police to escort him as he moved. The woman’s one-year-old child was also present in the apartment at the time. While the complainant was gathering his belongings an officer noticed a clear glass pipe with burnt edges and a scouring pad inside lying in plain sight on the kitchen counter. The officer recognized this as a pipe for smoking crack-cocaine and asked whom it belonged to. Both men denied ownership but later the male tenant who was not moving out said it was his. He was arrested and cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.
 
‘Cleaning vents’
A citizen called police regarding a possible collision in the Azalea Square parking lot near Target. An officer found a vehicle matching the description and pulled the driver over. The driver parked diagonally across two spaces then had trouble opening the window and turning off the vehicle when instructed. The officer reached into the vehicle, placed it in park and turned off the engine. The driver seemed dazed and confused. He stated he had no medical conditions and he was OK. The officer saw a clear plastic wrapper lying on the driver’s lap and in the driver’s door pocket. The officer also saw a white can that appeared to be aerosol duster. The driver had a white substance in his left nostril, the right upper side of his lip and on his shirt near his left chest. The officer asked what the substance was. The driver wiped away the substance and replied, “Nothing.” The driver could not provide the officer with a complete address on several occasions. The driver appeared to become more coherent and gave the officer permission to search the vehicle. The officer asked what the driver was cleaning with the duster cans. “My car,” he said. The officer asked which part. “The vents,” he said. The officer observed the vents to have a noticeable amount of dust and debris. The car did not appear to have been cleaned in some time. When asked, the driver denied inhaling the duster. Based on the circumstance and physical evidence the officer arrested the driver and charged him with unlawful possession of aromatic hydrocarbons. The driver was taken to the detention center and four cans of duster were placed into evidence. There was no evidence of a collision.

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