Blotter 8/31/23

Published by Zac Gibson, Date: September 6, 2023
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CONTENT WARNING: This edition of the police blotter contains mentions of potential self-harm. Please use caution before reading. 

August 14 – Police received an E-phone activation in Rhoads Hall. The dispatcher talked to the individual who stated that they accidentally pressed the call button.

August 14 – Police received a call from an international parent concerned about not hearing from their daughter. The dispatcher made several phone calls and determined that the student was to be en route to the university. The officer on patrol contacted the university transportation van and the student was present. The officer advised her to call her parents.

August 15 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Patterson. The alarm was accidentally set off by maintenance personnel cutting wood inside the building. The alarm system was reset.

August 15– Police responded for an individual who was reported to be having a seizure in Building F. EMS and officers on the scene transported the person to Grove City Hospital.

August 15 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Rhoads Hall. The building was evacuated upon officers’ arrival. Officers were unable to determine the cause of the activation. A message was left with Safety to check the alarm system.

August 16 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building F. The officer could not determine the cause of the activation. Safety was notified to check the alarm system.

August 17 – Dispatch received a call reporting an individual who was stuck on the west side elevator on the third floor of Building A. Maintenance was notified.

August 17 – Police received an elevator E-phone activation in Bailey Library. The caller stated to the dispatcher that the elevator was going up and down and not stopping. Maintenance was notified and was en route.

August 17 – Police received a call of a possible fraud case in Old Main under investigation with the assistance of the Office of Inspector General.

August 17 – Police dispatch received a call from a concerned parent reporting that they spoke to their daughter a while ago and that she was feeling faint in Building E. The parent requested the police conduct a welfare check. Police contacted the daughter, and she was feeling better. The parents were notified.

August 18 – Slippery Rock police (SRPD) requested back-up on a traffic stop for a suspected DUI on Grove City Road. University police arrived and stood by for officers’ safety. Borough police transported the operator to the university police station to utilize the Datamaster.

August 18 –  Police received a call of a hit-and-run that occurred while staff were parked in the Union Commuter parking lot. Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver hit a wooden horse that was set up in the parking lot. No further police action was taken.

August 18 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building F. An officer arrived on location and it was determined that an incense burning lamp accidentally set off the alarm. The alarm system was reset.

August 18 – Slippery Rock PD requested assistance with possible shots being fired on Crestview Road. Police were on scene, and upon investigation it was determined that an individual was setting off fireworks. No further police action was taken.

August 18 – Police received a call from a CA that a dog had been barking for a while in Building F. The CA stated to police dispatch that it was a service dog. Police arrived and knocked several times, but no one answered the door. The CA keyed into the room. Only the dog was present. Police requested that the CA try to contact the residents. Contact was made and the residents returned to their room. No further police action was taken.

August 18 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building F. Officers arrived and determined that steam from a resident microwaving mac and cheese accidentally set the fire alarm off. The fire alarm system was reset.

August 19 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Rock Apartment #1. Officers arrived and determined that the cause was burnt bacon. The fire alarm system was reset.

August 19 – Police responded to a two-car vehicle accident on Harmony Road. Fire and EMS responded. Vehicles were towed from the scene and an accident report was taken. All parties refused medical transport by EMS.

August 19 – Police responded to a report of a hit and run on South Main Street in front of Subway. This case is under investigation.

August 19 – Police were called to assist Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) with two intoxicated individuals on Franklin Street. Person(s) fled in a vehicle and were stopped by PSP and SRUPD. PSP took person(s) in for DUI.

August 19 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Rock Apartment #5. Officers arrived. They checked the area and all was fine. It was unknown why the alarm went off. Dispatch left a message for Safety to look at the detector.

August 20 –Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building E. Officers arrived and checked the area. All was fine, and it was unknown why the alarm went off.

August 20 – Police were called for bats in Morrow Field House. Safety was notified.

August 20 – Police responded to an intruder alarm activation in the Fowler building. Officers checked the building, and there were occupants using the facility. The panel was reset.

August 20 – Police were called to the Smith Student Center for a person stuck in the elevator because their motorized wheelchair was not working. The officer checked the chair and saw that the fuse was blown. The officer was able to reset the fuse and had the wheelchair working.

August 20 – Police responded to a smoke detector activation in Building F. Upon checking the area, it was determined that the cause was burnt food. The panel was then reset.

August 20 – Police were called for a roommate conflict in Building B. Since the responding officer could not talk with anyone from the room, housing stated that they will follow up on this situation.

August 20 – Police were called for a possible drug violation in Building E. Police spoke with the residents of the room and determined claims were unfounded.

August 21 – Dispatch received an E-phone activation in Smith Staff Parking. No one answered. The dispatcher observed several individuals walking in the area, and all appeared to be ok.

August 21 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Building F. An officer arrived and determined that steam from a resident’s shower accidentally activated the alarm. The officer reset the alarm system.

August 21 – An officer on patrol observed a no parking sign missing from its base near Wally Rose Residence Parking. The officer checked the area and located the sign. Maintenance was notified to replace the sign, and no damage was reported.

August 21 – PSP called dispatch and requested a university unit to assist with traffic control for a two-motor vehicle accident on Harmony Road. University police arrived and stayed on the scene until both vehicles were towed.

August 21 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Rock Apartment #7. Safety was notified and responded. The alarm was activated by a resident leaving their stove on. The alarm panel was reset.

August 21 – Police responded for an individual who had passed out in Boozel Dining Hall. EMS was dispatched with an officer and EMS on the scene. The person was transported to Butler Memorial Hospital.

August 21 – Police responded to a vehicle accident involving multiple vehicles in the West Lake Parking Lot. Officers arrived on the scene. The officer spoke to the drivers and no injuries were reported. Both vehicles were towed by Pry’s Towing.

August 21 – Police responded to an E-phone activation in McKay Staff Parking. An officer arrived and determined that a child accidentally pushed the activation button. The alarm system was reset.

August 21 – Police responded for an individual who needed medical attention in North Hall. EMS and police were on the scene. Parents arrived on the scene and the individual refused further treatment.

August 22 –  Police received multiple fire alarm activations in Building F. Safety was notified, and the alarm was put on bypass due to maintenance working in the building.

August 22 –  Police received an E-phone activation in the Morrow Field House. An officer was unable to determine the reason for the activation.

August 22 – Police received a call from a CA of an odor of marijuana coming from a dorm room in Building D. An officer arrived and spoke to the residence and marijuana was discovered. The individual was issued a non-traffic citation.

August 23 – Police received a call from a staff member stating that an alarm was going off at Smith Student Center. No alarms were present at dispatch. The caller called back stating that the alarm was no longer going off.

August 23 – Police responded to a minor vehicle accident. The officer arrived and spoke to the driver who stated that while they were pulling into the parking spot, they accidentally hit a parked vehicle. A message was left with the parked vehicle owner to contact university police.

August 23 – Police responded to a call of an individual who was preaching outside of Central Loop. The caller was upset that the person was not at a designated location. The officer spoke to the individual and the person went to a designated location. No further police action was taken.

August 23 – Police received a call from a concerned parent requesting that police conduct a welfare check on their child in Building F. Police made contact and the individual spoke to health care personnel.

August 23 – Police were dispatched for an individual who possibly broke their ankle while playing basketball in the Aebersold Recreation Center. EMS arrived, and the person was transported to Grove City Medical Center.

August 23 – Police were called to a fire alarm activation in Rhoads Hall. Upon arrival, the building was evacuated. It was determined that burnt popcorn set off the fire alarm. The officer reset the alarm system and the students were permitted to renter the building.

August 23 – Police responded to an E-phone activation in Smith Staff Parking. An officer arrived, and no one was in the area. A message was left with IATS to check the alarm system.

August 24 – Police received a call of a student lying under a bench on the second floor of the Eisenberg Classroom Building and may need medical attention. The responding officer located the student. The student was taking a nap before their next class.

August 24 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Suite D and notified Safety to respond. Safety arrived and verified that steam from a person taking a shower accidentally set the alarm off. Safety reset the fire alarm system.

August 24 – Police received a call from a concerned grandparent stating that their granddaughter was walking by Morrow Field House and was feeling hot and about to pass out near Old Thompson Field. The responding officer located the individual who stated that she was just very hot. The responding officer transported her to Caruth Rizza Hall. No further action was taken.

August 24 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Rock Apartment #4. The responding officer verified that a resident burning food while cooking had set the alarm off. The officer reset the fire alarm system

August 24 – Police received a call that the inner door was not secure at the Building A main entrance. Dispatched notified maintenance personnel to respond to campus. A locksmith arrived and secured the door.

August 25 – Butler Control called and told police that PSP was requesting assistance with an active domestic situation near Halston Road. A husband was allegedly chasing his wife with a chainsaw. PSP and university police arrived and located the husband, and he was taken into custody by PSP. No injuries to his wife were reported.

August 25 – Police received an E-phone activation from a person asking the dispatcher for information on the Happy Buses, travel routes and pick-up times.

August 25 – PSP utilized the Datamaster for a possible DUI motor vehicle operator.

August 25 – Synopsis: Police responded to an individual who fell and needed assistance getting up in Building D. The officer arrived and assisted the person getting up and stated to the officer that she was not injured and did not receive medical treatment. No further action was taken by the officer.

August 25 – Synopsis: Police responded to an individual who had passed out striking their head on a table wheel area that caused a laceration in the Physical Therapy Building. Police and EMS arrived on the scene, and the individual was transported to Grove City Hospital.

August 25 – Police responded to a three-motor vehicle accident on Keister Road. All three vehicles pulled into to the police station parking lot upon the officer’s arrival. All operators stated that they were not injured and did not need medical treatment. Two vehicles were required to be towed by Pry’s Towing. One driver was issued a traffic citation for following too closely.

August 25 – Police received an E-phone activation in Weisenfluh Dining. The individual stated that he accidentally pressed the call button and that everything was okay.

August 25 – Synopsis: Police received information about a student who is registered as a student but has not been in class nor has moved into their dorm. Upon officers’ investigation, it was determined that they are working and to be living out of state. Information was passed on to the individual’s mother.

August 26 – Butler Control called into dispatch and requested an officer assist with an intoxicated individual who was fighting and then passed out near South Main Street. An ambulance was dispatched. EMS, University police, and Borough police arrived on the scene. The individual was located and was transported to Grove City Medical Center.

August 26 – Butler Control called into dispatch requesting an officer to respond to assist with traffic control for a motor vehicle accident on Branchton Road. The officer arrived and blocked off the roadway until the vehicle was in tow. No further police action was taken.

August 26 – Police received a call from a concerned sibling stating that they had been trying to make contact with their sister and that she was not answering her phone. The responding officer arrived at the sister’s Watson Hall dorm room, and when contact was made, the sister was talking to her brother on her cellphone and everything was okay.

August 26 – Police received a call from the CA of an odor of marijuana coming from a residence dorm room in Building D. The officer arrived and did not detect any odor, and no further police action was taken.

August 27 – Police received a call from PSP to respond to a fight at the Grove. When units arrived, people were dispersing, and no other action was taken by SRUPD.

August 27 – Police received another call from PSP to respond to a security guard and female being assaulted at the Grove. An ambulance was dispatched. PSP then came to the scene and handled the incident.

August 27 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Building F. Belts in the dryer were the cause, maintenance was notified and the panel was reset.

August 28 – Police received a call from a concerned parent stating that their daughter’s cell phone keeps calling them and when they answer no one is on the line. An officer spoke to the individual and all was okay. No further action was taken by police.

August 28 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Building F and notified Safety to respond to the alarm. Safety arrived and it was determined that the resident burnt a bagel in the microwave. Safety reset the fire alarm system.

August 28 – Police responded to an individual who was lying under a bench covered by their jacket in Eisenberg Classroom Building. An officer spoke to the individual and the case was referred to Student Support.

August 28 – Police received a call from an individual stating that they were stuck in the Bailey Library elevator and maintenance was notified to report and assist the person.

August 28 – Police were called to an individual who was riding their skateboard and was struck by a red SUV that did not stop near Bailey Staff Parking. The officer arrived on the scene and spoke to the injured individual, who stated that the operator did stop. The individual was transported by EMS to Grove City Medical Center. The case is under investigation.

August 28 – Police were called for an individual stating that when they were walking down the steps at Patterson and took their final step before the sidewalk, their ankle buckled and they felt a pop. EMS arrived and transported them to Grove City Medical Center.

August 28 – Police responded to an emergency box that was beeping near McKay Education. The officer arrived and it was determined that a child from the daycare pressed the call button.

August 28 – Police received a call from a custodian who was stuck in the Bailey Library elevator. Dispatched notified maintenance to respond to the building.

August 29 – Police received a call from the CA of an individual who was passed out and lying on the floor in Rhoads Hall. The officer arrived on the scene and found the person to be unresponsive, breathing and sweating. EMS was dispatched and arrived on the scene and administered Narcan and oxygen. The individual then became responsive and was transported to Grove City Medical Center. 

August 29 – Police were dispatched to a hit and run of a parked vehicle near Founders Upper Resident. The officer spoke to the owner of the vehicle and stated that a gray vehicle was parked next to their vehicle and had transferred paint on their vehicle. Upon the officer’s investigation, the driver of the vehicle was identified and was issued a traffic citation. 

August 29 – Police received an elevator E-phone activation, and a custodian stated that they were stuck between floors in the Bailey Library elevator. Maintenance was notified to respond to the facility.

August 29 – Police received a fire alarm activation in Building E and dispatched Safety. Safety arrived and determined that burnt food was the cause of the alarm. The fire alarm system was reset.

August 29 – Police were dispatched for a child who was having a seizure in McKay Education Building. An officer arrived and was advised that the child’s parent be notified and en route. EMS arrived on the scene, and the mother arrived and refused any further medical treatment for their child.

August 29 – Police and EMS responded to an individual who was playing volleyball in Aebersold Recreation Center, fell and injured their knee. The individual was transported to Grove City Medical Center.

August 30 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building E. The responding officer determined that burnt food was the cause of the activation. The officer reset the fire alarm system.

August 30 – Police received a call from an individual stating that they observed a group of individuals playing frisbee golf in East Lake Parking Lot. At one point the frisbee struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot. The responding officer located the vehicle, and no damage was reported. Dispatch notified the owner and advised them to contact the police if damage was discovered.

August 30 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building E. The responding officer determined that burnt food was the cause of the activation. The officer reset the fire alarm system.

August 31 – Police responded to a panic alarm activation in Noth Hall. The responding officer spoke to the cleaning staff who stated that they accidentally bumped the call button while cleaning. The alarm panel was reset.

August 31 – Police received a call from an individual at the Smith Student Center stating that a co-worker may want to harm themselves and had left campus. Police contacted the individual and they stated that they were okay.

August 31 – Police responded to a vehicle accident involving two motor vehicles on Keister Road. The officer arrived and spoke to both drivers. One driver was transported by EMS to Grove City Medical Center. The incident is under investigation.

August 31 – A nurse called dispatch requesting an ambulance be dispatched for an individual needing medical treatment at the Health Center. Police were not required to respond, and EMS was dispatched.

August 31 – Police received a call of a bat that was in a hallway of Building A. While the responders were en route, the caller called into dispatch and stated that the bat flew out an open window and police were no longer needed.

August 31 – Police responded to a fire alarm activation in Building A. The responding officer determined that burnt food was the cause of the alarm. The officer reset the alarm system panel.

University Police did not provide the names of individuals involved in DUI and drug incidents for this edition of the blotter.

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Zac is a senior majoring in Digital Media Production and Multimedia Journalism, with a strong passion for photojournalism and entertainment media. He began his journey in the field as an intern at The Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh right after high school, where he has since worked as a digital producer and staff writer. Currently, he holds the position of vice president at WSRU-TV and is also a member of the honors college. Zac's goal is to further develop his skills in digital production and journalistic writing by providing comprehensive news coverage.

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