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Police blotter – summer 2023 edition

Red and blue police lights on top of a police patrol car.

Riding dirty

On May 9, a man riding a bicycle was stopped by WSUPD on 36th Street for recklessly traveling across multiple lanes of traffic. Once apprehended and identified, it was found that the bicyclist was currently on felony probation, the apprehending WSUPD officer then obtained permission to search the bicyclist’s backpack. Going through the backpack, the WSUPD officer found drug paraphernalia and a “long, heavy flashlight.” When asked what he was using the flashlight for, the man replied that he was carrying it for self-defense purposes. Individuals on felony probation are not permitted to carry anything that can be deemed a weapon. The bicyclist was promptly booked into Weber County Jail under the charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.

Drive-by mischief

On the night of May 18, a call informed local law enforcement of a vehicle driving recklessly throughout WSU property and throwing water balloons at vehicles and buildings. Ogden City Police Department (OCPD) was able to locate the vehicle off campus and initiated a stop. The juveniles found in the vehicle admitted to their actions and their parents were called to inform them of the situation. The officers explained to the juveniles that they were partaking in illegal activities and were let go with a warning.

Saving baby ducks

On June 3, WSUPD was informed of a group of baby ducks that had become stuck in a storm drain between the Student Services building and the duck pond. With the assistance of bystanders who were eager to lend a helping hand in rescuing the ducklings, the baby ducks were rescued from the storm drain and released safely into the duck pond.

An unexpected price on his head

On June 28, WSUPD found an individual sleeping outside on the west side of the Alumni building property. Once awoken, the suspect gave the officers a false name, prompting the responding officers to investigate further. The officers found that the suspect was gang affiliated and had three warrants for his arrest that amounted to over $11,000 for his arrest. The suspect was promptly apprehended and booked into Weber County Jail for the aforementioned charges.

Lost and found

On July 16, a woman approached a WSUPD officer accompanied by a 4-year-old girl who told the woman she had gotten lost at the duck pond. Shortly after, the girl’s grandfather approached the WSUPD officer. After confirming the grandfather’s identity, the officer asked the little girl if she wanted to go with him. After the girl confirmed that the man was her grandfather, and she wanted to leave with him, the girl was released to the grandfather.

A true emergency

On Aug. 4, a WSUPD officer on regular patrol noticed a vehicle that had been improperly parked on Dixon Parkway. Upon approaching, a man was found standing in the pine trees along the side of the road relieving himself. The man stated that he was driving from Arizona and explained that he had to use the bathroom. The embarrassed man and his wife, who was sitting in the passenger seat, were informed that most of the buildings on campus were open and had publicly accessible bathrooms that he could use next time. The man was let go with a warning for public urination.

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