Police Beat


The University Record, April 16, 1996


By Rebecca A. Doyle

Note: This is a semi-regular feature in The Record. See the end of this article for more information.

DPS officers assist Detroit
Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers assisted Detroit police in the arrest of a 23-year-old man not affiliated with the University on a murder charge. The incident did not occur in the Ann Arbor area, but the victim was treated at University Hospitals. The case is pending in Wayne County.

Sixty-eight arrested at Hash Bash
DPS officers, Michigan State Police and Washtenaw County Sheriff deputies made 68 arrests during the April 6 Hash Bash. Charges included violating the controlled substance act (46 arrests), sales of T-shirts and other paraphernalia on University property (10 arrests) and minors in possession of open intoxicants. The penalty for possession of a con trolled substance is up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

All the cases are pending further investigation.

Capt. James Smiley says attendance at the annual event was estimated at between 4,500 and 5,000 this year, similar to last year’s attendance.

DPS concludes investigation of alleged theft of newspapers
University police officers investigated the alleged theft of 8,700 copies of The Michigan Daily and reviewed the facts with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s office. Since the student newspaper is distributed on racks around campus at no charge, it was determined that all the elements of crime were not present and there was not enough evidence to constitute larceny.

Two arrested; investigation of Bursley fires continues
Two men suspected of setting fires March 30 in Bursley Residence Hall were arrested last Thursday (April 11). John Parkhurst MacDonald was charged with three counts of arson of a dwelling house, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison on each count, and Justin Eric Angelino was charged with one count of arson of a dwelling house. A preliminary hearing is set for April 24. Both are students at the U-M and were residents in Bursley on March 30.

The five blazes set at separate locations in the residence hall are still under investigation by University officers. Minor smoke damage was sustained to the residence hall ($3,500), and a house security officer broke his foot while responding to the fire alarm.

Smiley said an anonymous tip led officers to the two alleged arsonists, and while the investigation continues he encourages anyone with more information about the fires to call the Confidential Assistance Network, 1-800-863-1355, or the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee, 1-800-442-7766, which offers up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons suspected of arson.

Investigation of stolen motorcycle parts continues
DPS officers are continuing the investigation into a number of motorcycle parts that were found at Lay Automotive Laboratory on North Campus. The parts are valued at more than $4,000 , making the offense a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.


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