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Frontier fire adds fuel to string of arson incidents

University Police responded to another fire in a residence hall early Sunday morning. This time, the fire was reported in Frontier Hall.
According to police reports, an unknown person lit a poster that was hanging on a dormitory door on fire, setting off the fire alarms.
The fire was quickly extinguished by a resident in the dormitory. Nobody was injured in the fire.
University Police have no suspects in the incident, classified by police as an arson, though they are still investigating.
The fire was the latest in a string of arson incidents that have plagued University dorms during the past two months.
Ryan Edwin Evanson, a University student, was charged last Tuesday with starting a March 1 fire in a second floor stairwell in Sanford Hall.
There have been four other incidents in the hall this year.
At Middlebrook Hall, a memo was recently sent to residents asking them for information regarding a March 4 incident in which pieces of toilet paper set on fire were thrown out of a seventh story window onto the loading dock.
University Police are still investigating all of the incidents. Except for the March 1 incident, no other arrests have been made.

In other police news:

ù University Police are also investigating an assault that took place on Thursday afternoon in the Wolverine Parking Lot between two University students and three female high school students.
Detective Larry Anderson said the conflict started over a parking space that the high school students were waiting for. The University students, one male and one female, disregarded the juveniles and took the parking space. After a brief exchange of words, the two parties split up. The high school students attended the state high school hockey tournament games at Mariucci Arena.
After the games, the report stated that the three girls returned to the parking lot and began to pour liquid soap in the door handles of the University students’ car. The University students, who were also returning, saw what they were doing and ran after them.
The report stated that one of the University students grabbed one of the girls by the throat while another was grabbed by the hair. After this quick exchange, the girls ran away and contacted University Police.
Anderson said police have yet to question the suspects in the incident. No charges have been filed.
“Once we talk to everybody, then, if the report is true, I’ll go after the suspects and hand it over to the city attorney’s office for charging,” Anderson said.

ù A routine traffic violation stop turned into a short chase between a man and a University officer.
The chase, which began near campus, ended when the driver crashed into a retaining fence on northbound Interstate 35W.
The man, who is not affiliated with the University, was not injured in the accident. The officer determined that the man had been drinking.
He was arrested and booked at Hennepin County Jail.

¹ Plainclothes University officers cited four people for ticket scalping during the Gopher basketball team’s last home game of the season on Thursday at Williams Arena.
Officers Erik Stenemann and Tim Bohn wrote in their reports that the scalpers attempted to sell them the tickets for more than their $21 value.
Though no details were given as to what price the scalpers were asking for tickets to the game against Michigan State, tickets for earlier games have been scalped for up to $150.
University Police officials said they have noticed an increasing trend in ticket scalping violations this year, caused partly by the success of this year’s men’s basketball team.
The four scalpers were released after citations were issued.

ù Traffic at the corner of 17th and University avenues Southeast might have been slowed late Friday night because of the antics of an intoxicated University student.
According to police reports, an officer saw the student stopping cars by jumping in front of the oncoming traffic.
When the officer approached the man, he said he could smell alcohol. The student told the officer that he had been drinking at a fraternity party that night. He was cited and released.

ù A University officer cited a University student late Friday after the officer discovered the student urinating on a building at the corner of Oak Street and University Avenue Southeast.
The man said he had been drinking. He was issued a citation and released.

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