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Crime Blotter

Light fingers
A thief took a bag and one purse and left another previously stolen purse behind at about 6 p.m. Sept. 21. The incident occurred at the Urban Center. Items valued at $440 were taken, among them $75 in cash and a Nokia cell phone. The owner had stepped out briefly to use a copy machine. She returned to find her property gone and the empty unidentified purse left behind a desk.

A briefcase and contents were taken from a fifth floor office of the Education/Business Administration Building at about 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20.The property had been unattended. The property was valued at $100, and the owner said that a credit card in the briefcase had been used by the thief.

A thief cut the chain on a bicycle secured to a bike rack outside the Blackstone apartments shortly before midnight Sept. 17. The owner valued the bike at $100.

The bicycle remained, but a wheel and tire were taken from a bicycle locked to the bike rack adjacent to Science Building 2. The wheel had not been secured to the bike. The theft occurred about 9 a.m. Sept. 6, with the lost property valued at $170.

At about 9 p.m. Sept. 6, a backpack and contents were taken from outside the racquetball courts at Peter Stott Center, where they had been left unattended. The owner discovered the loss at 10 p.m. The property was valued at $286.

Domestic violence
John E. Stellpflug, 29, was escorted to jail in the early morning of Sept. 7 on a charges of assault and domestic violence.

Campus police responded to a report of a female yelling at about 3 a.m. They found Stellpflug holding a screaming woman in the driver’s seat of a car at Southwest Park Avenue and Market Street.

The two had been having an argument. Witnesses said they saw the man pull the woman from the car by the arms and throw her to the ground. When she tried to get up, he pushed her against the side of the vehicle. The victim has bruises on her arms and a scratch on her neck. She told officers she was afraid of the man, who had a past history of domestic violence. The two were not married and were not students.

Skateboarder suffers
A 14-year-old boy practicing illegal skateboard tricks on the steps at the Urban Center sustained a two-inch cut on the cheek from his own skateboard in the mid-afternoon of Sept. 9.

Officers found the boy bleeding, with employees from Pizzicatto administering first aid. His mother, a doctor, was called to the scene and took custody. Officers said the cut required stitches. He and four other juveniles also skateboarding were issued verbal warnings.

Drug possession
A man and woman found on campus at 4 a.m. Sept. 13 in possession of drug paraphernalia were charged with drug possession and taken to jail by Portland police.

Sarah M. Burton, 20, and Jason L. Rolen, 24, were observed leaning over the brick wall surrounding the Helen Gordon Child Development Center. When officers approached, the pair retreated on foot in Parking Structure 3.

They told campus officers they were homeless and merely looking over the wall. Both gave consent to a search. The woman’s backpack revealed a syringe with traces of blood and she admitted drug use. The man’s bag yielded a baggie of what proved to be methamphetamine and a syringe. Further search turned up two more syringes. Neither person was connected to the university.

Lurker arrested

Terry L. Goodwin, 57, was found lurking in an alley by the Parkway apartments building at 11 p.m. Sept. 15.

He told campus officers he didn’t know where he was. A warrant check showed he was wanted for failure to appear in court on a trespass charge and Portland police took him to the Multnomah County Detention Center.

Checks forged
A man familiar to campus police, Michael J. Gilroy, 22, is being sought on numerous charges after a faculty member reported Gilroy had allegedly cashed forged checks totaling $885 on the faculty member’s account.

The forgery came to light Sept. 18. Gilroy is a suspect in the earlier burglarizing of checks from a locked drawer in an office in the Education/Business Administration Building. The accused, not a student, faces charges of trespass, theft and fraud.

Drinker detained
When officers saw a man apparently drinking beer in the grassy field at Southwest 12th Avenue and Market Street at 11 p.m. Sept. 23, they investigated.

It turned out to be Norvall T. Zuniga, 45. Officers found him with a syringe with residue. A warrant check showed he was wanted for failure to appear in court on a drug possession charge. Portland police took custody.

Preparedness pays
Campus police and health service personnel had their first opportunity to deploy their facilities and training for administering defibrillation to a heart attack victim on Sept. 19.

They were called to the Extended Studies Building at noon on reports that a visitor from an outside agency had suffered a seizure. The 32-year-old female had both cardiac and pulmonary arrest.

Fire department personnel arrived simultaneously and took over the revival procedures, including defibrillation and CPR. The woman, who has a history of heart disease, regained consciousness and was taken to Good Samaritan hospital.

Steve Coop, campus police community resources officer, was one of the officers who responded to the emergency. He pointed out that for more than a year the university has prepared for such events. There are trained persons and facilities across the campus equipped with defibrillators and ready to respond to these crises, he said.

–Art Chenoweth