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UPD Beat: Officers Found Cocaine in South Village

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Adriana Hall

A complainant called UPD on March 12 about a gas-like odor in Siedler Hall. While on the phone, he noted that he believed the odor was coming from the ceiling. Occupants in the building evacuated. Unit 30 and 45 were on the scene along with work management. Officers realized the smell came from the landscaper’s weed whackers and hedge cutters. The gas from the equipment was getting sucked up from the air intake into the building.

Housing found contraband on March 12 and requested an officer to test it. Unit 45 arrived at Osprey Hall in South Village and found that the contraband tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. The unit turned over the contraband to evidence for destruction. 

On March 13, a complainant told UPD about a past incident where someone hit his car at Mangrove Hall in North Lake Village. He mentioned that there were no injuries and minimal damage to his vehicle’s bumper and grill. Officers accessed the scene. They found that vehicle two was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene, causing it to hit a third vehicle. A crash report was then completed. The complainant called dispatch again and said he had more information on the vehicle that hit his car. He told officers that he drove around the Mangrove parking lot and took pictures of every car with damage and the vehicle’s color paint on it. 

A complainant called UPD on March 14 and stated another bike had been locked to her bike at the bike rack. Police advised the caller to check the bike tomorrow to see if the issue was resolved and to call UPD back if it hadn’t been. The next day, Unit 37 met with the complainant, and they were unable to identify the owner of the other bike. Officers cut the bike lock off the bike and locked the bike with another lock and left a note for the owner. 

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A transfer call from LCSO came into UPD on March 17. The caller told LCSO he was following his friend on foot in the parking lot of dorm building Q of North Lake Village because the subject made suicidal threats. Dispatch attempted to contact the complainant twice and got a voicemail. They called LCSO back to confirm information about the complainant, such as his phone number and name. Both were correct. Unit 45 arrived at North Lake Village with LCSO. LCSO’s last known location of the caller and the subject was by the woods near Building T. Unit 14 made contact with the subject behind Building N. Unit 45 and LCSO were behind Building T with the complainant. Unit 14 found that the subject was not suicidal and would be leaving to stay somewhere else that night. The complainant admitted the subject did not make suicidal threats.

While driving on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway on March 18, Unit 50 came upon a female driver who believed she was possibly drugged. The unit found her sitting in the passenger seat of her vehicle, unable to get a complete story as to what was going on. Officers contacted Lee control. Upon examination, officers believed she was having a manic episode. The subject was transported to Coconut Point Hospital.

On March 22, the fire alarm went off at the Bower School of Music and the Arts. Lee Control was contacted, and the physical plant was notified. Unit 31 arrived on the scene and advised there was smoke in classrooms 131 and 132. Unit 52 confirmed the building was empty and did not allow anyone into the building. Unit 31 turned off the alarm. Ladder 53 opened the building back up, but the elevators were not working. The smoke appeared to be caused by an oil fire in the motor of the elevator. 

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Alexandra Cavalier, Eagle News Assistant Assignment & Features Editor
Alexandra Cavalier is a junior majoring in journalism. She is from Bradenton, FL, and has been interested in journalism since she joined the yearbook staff during her freshman year of high school. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in publishing. When not planning her next story, you can find her studying art history or watching movies.

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