9/3/20 Blotter

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August 27 – University police responded to a fire alarm activation in Carruth Rizza Hall. Alarm was set off by a custodian. Alarm system reset.

August 27 – Slippery Rock Borough police requested assistance with traffic control for a broken-down tractor on Normal Avenue.

August 27 – University police assisted Slippery Rock Borough police with the Black Lives Matter protest at Memorial Park. No incidents occurred.

August 27 – Police responded to the Smith Student Center for a beam detector alarm. Officers on scene found all windows and doors open and fire curtains deployed. Officers were able to reset the system and close all doors and windows. Reason for alarm was unknown, police notified safety.

August 28 – During patrol, a university police officer noticed all of the doors and windows open at the Smith Student Center. Alarm was activated but dispatched never received an alert. Officer reset alarm and notified safety. Unknown reason for activation.

August 28 – University police assisted Slippery Rock High School with traffic control on Slippery Rock Road. A downed tree blocked the roadway.

August 28 – Police responded to a fire alarm at the Advanced Technology building. Officer on scene found a room with smoke and maintenance personnel attempting to find the source. Cause was determined to be a hot water pump failure. Alarm system was reset.

August 28 – University police received a call from a concerned parent. Caller said they had not heard from their child in a while. Officer made contact with the student via cell phone. Parent called dispatch again to say they got in touch with their child.

August 28 – Health Center nurse called dispatch requesting an ambulance dispatch at the Health Center for an individual with chest pains. Police and EMS were on scene. Individual was transported to Grove City Medical Center.

August 28 – Police received a call from the CA for Building A for an alcohol violation in a dorm room. Officers on scene found alcohol. Jacob Bryant, 18, was cited for underage possession of alcohol.

August 29 – Slippery Rock Borough police requested assistance with an individual breaking things outside their apartment near Back to the Vape. Officers made no contact with the individual who went back inside their apartment when officers arrived on scene.

August 29 – Police received an E-phone activation at Central Loop with no response. No one was observed in the area. Police notified IT personnel for a possible malfunction.

August 29 – Police received a call from the CA for Building A for an alcohol violation in a dorm room. Officers on scene found alcohol. Amber Demko, 19, Gina Iannozzi, 18, and Mya Stockunas, 19, were cited for underage possession of alcohol.

August 30 – Pennsylvania State Police requested assistance with a fight at The Grove. Police checked the area but did not find anyone.

August 31 – Police responded to a fire alarm at ROCK Apartments that was activated by a humidifier. Alarm system was reset.

August 31 – Police responded to a fire alarm at the Physical Therapy Building. Alarm was determined to be set off by steam. Alarm system was reset.

August 31 – A fire alarm at ROCK Apartments was set off by burnt steak. Police responded to the alarm and reset the system.

August 31 – University police refiled charges against Johnathon Longstreth, 22. Police allege Longstreth activated an emergency phone March 5 at the New End Quad and claimed there was a man with a gun.

In the criminal complaint, police claim Longstreth called the police station and stated there was a man with a gun at The Ivy. When police made contact with Longstreth, he denied contacting police and had no weapon on him.

The criminal complaint states Longstreth can be seen on camera activating the emergency phone.

The charges of making false reports and false alarm were originally filed in March but were dropped in June when the officer failed to appear in court for the preliminary hearing.

September 2 – Police responded to Building E for a panic alarm activation at the reception desk. Alarm was accidentally activated by attendant. Alarm system was reset.

September 2 – Police responded to a fire alarm at ROCK Apartments. Alarm was set off by burnt food. Alarm system was reset.


Editor’s note (Sept. 22): One student’s name was redacted from this blotter for an incident on Aug. 28 due to a police officer’s error when recording their name, according to SRU Police Chief Kevin Sharkey in an email to the editor-in-chief. Per our editorial policy, The Rocket is not responsible for following up with charges printed in the blotter.

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Joe is a senior communication major with concentrations in converged journalism and digital media production. This is his second year with The Rocket and first as the news editor. With a penchant for asking tough questions, his byline can be found on more than 100 articles for The Rocket including many breaking news and investigative pieces. During the hours he’s not wearing the hat of student journalist, he spends his time as a husband, father and dog owner in Slippery Rock.

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