Best of police beat for Feb.1-Feb.8


    By Jennifer Balmforth

    At 9:02 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 1, a cement pumper fell over between the Talmage Building and the Jesse Knight Humanities Building. The fuel tank on the crane was crushed in the fall and toxic, flammable chemicals like hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel were released. The crane fell over because the outriggers were not fully extended and it became off-balanced when the boom swung to one side. The fire department was called in to remove the contaminated soil. No one was injured in the collapse.

    At 4:30 p.m. on Fri., Feb.1, a fire was reported at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints motion picture studio, which is located near ShopKo. When officers arrived on the scene they discovered a boiler which had been turned off was causing the suspicious smoke. Employees from the University Heating and Refrigeration shop were contacted and repairs are being made. No damage was done to the building.

    At 6:39 p.m. Tues., Feb. 5, a 21-year-old student was walking to her parked car in lot 37, located west of the football practice field when she noticed a suspicious male. The man was sitting in his red Pontiac Grand AM indecently exposing his private area. The victim immediately reported the incident to the police. The police searched the area and arrested the 24-year-old Hispanic male. The suspect was cited into the Provo Circuit Court for ludeness and for providing false information to a police officer.

    On Mon., Feb. 4, at 1:06 p.m. in 3249 WSC, a palm pilot, wallet and cell phone were stolen. Police are still trying to contact the victim who reported the incident in hopes of receiving further information.

    On Mon., Feb. 4, a car parked at Wymount Terrace was reportedly vandalized. The women who reported the incident told officers her car door had been damaged and it would not close properly. When officers arrived they could not find any evidence to prove that vandals caused the damage. Officers said the car door was off of its hinges.

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