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Police Beat: Week of Feb. 25, 2015

2/11/2015 9:33 p.m. An individual called UPD from Gulf Coast Town Center complaining he was being followed by another vehicle. The complainant was being followed because he cut the other driver off at an intersection in North Fort Myers. Both vehicles came on campus to discuss and resolve the incident with a UPD officer and Florida Highway Patrol. 2/11/2015 10:41 p.m. There was a traffic crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian in Garage B in South Village. The pedestrian had a bruised shoulder but refused medical transport. 2/12/2015 2:16 a.m. A subject reported a small brush fire behind West Lake Village along the dirt roadway near the access point across from Pompano building. San Carlos Fire put the fire out and advised the fire was started earlier in the evening as a small bonfire. 2/12/2015 2:32 p.m. A vehicle was searched in Garage B at South Village. The driver was borrowing a friend’s car. 9.1 grams of marijuana and a digital scale were found inside the car. The driver and passengers stated they did not know who owned the paraphernalia. UPD officers will follow up with the owner of the vehicle. 2/13/2015 10:47 p.m. The mother of a female subject called UPD to report concern for her daughter. Her daughter was staying with her boyfriend but they got into a fight and her daughter was supposed to be...

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2/01/2015 12:32 a.m. A vehicle crashed into and knocked over a handicapped parking sign in South Village Garage B. The driver said that something happened to her brakes and she could not avoid the sign. The vehicle is inoperable and will be parked in this spot for a few days. The sign has been secured in the electrical room. 2/01/2015 11:36 p.m. A suspicious person was observed screaming obscenities into his phone outside of Everglades Hall. After questioning by officers, the individual said he was discussing the Super Bowl. He smelled like alcohol and admitted to consuming alcohol earlier...

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Police Beat: 1/7

12/16/2014 9:18 p.m. A student was stopped outside of building L in North Lake Village and issued a verbal warning for an open container. The individual was 21 and holding a beer in her hand, and was asked to pour it out. 12/19/2014 7 a.m. UPD arrived at Griffin Hall to find a Christmas tree vandalized and ornaments strewn across the floor. The top of the tree was missing and the ornaments were broken, but no suspects were located. 12/19/2014 8:40 a.m. UPD received a complaint that someone had done donuts behind the baseball fields sometime during that night....

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Police Beat

10/21/2014 10:46 a.m. An individual was caught by UPD for doing donuts with their vehicle in the south in South Village. The subject agreed to help groundskeepers repair the damaged area. 10/21/2014 7:54 p.m. A father contacted UPD because his son hasn’t answered the phone when he usually does. UPD attempted to contact the student and there was no answer. The roommate was contacted via phone by the RA and stated he has not seen the student all day. After checking his room, the second roommate stated he saw the resident at 4:30 p.m. walking toward his vehicle. UPD left a note for him to contact his father. Resident called and stated he made contact with his father and all was well. 10/22/2014 12:18 a.m. In South Village, a complainant stated that there are individuals setting stuff on fire. He believed they were all males. UPD advised that they were using some sort of accelerant, such as lighter fluid on the concrete and setting it on fire. UPD states there was no damage. 10/22/2014 12:25 a.m. UPD reports that there are five individuals behind the construction site in South Village. 10/22/2014 1:02 a.m. In North Lake, a suspicious person was reported wearing black pants, shirt and helmet. The subject parked his bike and ran westbound through the buildings until UPD lost him when the officer got out of the...

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Police Beat (Oct 14 to 21)

10/14/2014 9:20 p.m. An individual called UPD to report that there was someone in his dorm that needed to be removed, and then hung up. Dispatch searched the resident roster, found the North Lake Village dorm of the caller, and then went to speak to the resident. The resident stated that he and his girlfriend are having relationship issues, and was advised to call UPD back if she does not leave. 10/14/2014 11:06 p.m. An anonymous caller reported that a resident was sending text messages stating that he was going to commit suicide. UPD contacted the on-call CAPS counselor to schedule an appointment for the next day. Several people stayed with the resident for the rest of the night, and advised that they would take the resident to his CAPS appointment the next day. 10/15/2014 10:59 a.m. A snapping turtle was discovered under a vehicle in Garage B. Grounds maintenance removed the turtle. 10/15/2014 4:37 p.m. A complainant reported a male subject sitting in a minivan in Garage 4 with the windows of his vehicle down, playing loud music and staring at people. UPD was unable to locate any person matching the description. 10/15/2014 11:51 p.m. A resident assistant witnessed a vehicle crash into a parked vehicle in West Lake Village. The driver was investigated for driving under the influence of alcohol, arrested and transported to Lee County Sheriff’s...

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Police beat: Week of 10/14

10/07/2014 2:24 p.m. A resident director requested an officer to meet at Osprey Hall while a student was moving out due to his suspension. The officer stood by while the resident collected his belongings and followed him off of campus without any issues. 10/07/2014 4:36 p.m. A dog was found swimming in front of the North Lake waterfront, and was brought to the bathhouse with no identification. The individual who found the dog advised that they will take the dog to Lee County Animal Control. 10/07/2014 4:57 a.m. A complainant reported an intoxicated male in the lobby of Biscayne Hall. EMS was dispatched, but the subject refused transport. He stated that he is attempting to join a fraternity and members of the frat “made” him consume a large amount of vodka as a condition to get into the fraternity. 10/08/2014 5:50 p.m. A South Village resident reported that she had received a threatening phone call from a blocked telephone number. She recognized the voice and requested to speak with an officer about the situation. 10/09/2014 8:25 a.m. A housing employee in West Lake Village requested assistance with keying into the room of an unruly resident who refused to open the bedroom door. The resident was detained in accordance with the Baker Act, which allows for the involuntary examination of people suspected to be mentally ill and a danger to...

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Police Beat: Week of 10/8

9/28/2014 7:08 p.m. A silver car spun out of control and went into the grass near the main entrance of the university. The vehicle was successfully pulled out by a tow truck, with no visible damage. 10/01/2014 2:32 p.m. A complainant reported a possible assault in the Cohen Center and reported it to the information booth. The victim was unavailable for comment, and the situation was referred to Judicial Affairs. 10/01/2014 5:05 p.m. A 3-foot alligator was spotted on the walkway between Sugden Hall and Garage 1. The alligator made its way back into the water. 10/02/2014 12:16 p.m....

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Police Beat: Week of 10/1

9/20/2014 12:53 a.m. A car drove into the coned off parking area in Garage 2 after hours. Driver was advised against parking there and left without incident. 9/21/2014 2:40 a.m. A student was pulled over on South Bridge Loop and given a warning for making an improper right turn. 9/21/2014 5:24 a.m. A suspicious vehicle was reported on the first floor of Garage 4. It was a WGCU staff member parking in the garage to get out of the rain. 9/21/2014 4:32 p.m. The RA at the front desk of Biscayne Hall called to advise of a dog left...

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Safety comes first, but we’re second

University Primetime (UP) has recently named Florida Gulf Coast University the second safest university in America — only behind Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. UP used several criteria including how many arrests have been made on and off campus in recent years and number of student deaths. “The statistics account for nine types of criminal incidents, which we weighted based on a subjective judgment of violence,” said Chris Weigen, author of the article. University Chief of Police Steven Moore explained that the campus is safe due to a conjunctive effort made by the FGCU community, university police department, student affairs,...

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