U police still looking for dorm arsonist

Britt Johnsen

Police are still searching for the person who set fire to a message board in Territorial Hall on Sept. 25.

Territorial residents were evacuated at 3 a.m. because of the fire, and police are now seeking their help in finding suspects. On Thursday, police sent a flier to all Territorial residents, asking for tips.

University police Capt. Steve Johnson said the fire damage was not serious, but the consequences for arson vary.

“It’s serious somebody would light a fire in a residence hall, but the damage done was minimal,” Johnson said.

He said if they find the person responsible, authorities will take action.

Some students said they are not worried about the incident and do not see it as a threat to the dorm.

“It’s not out of the ordinary,” first-year student Brittany Lassanske said. “But it’s not nice.”

Drinking tickets drop

Fewer students were ticketed last week for underage drinking, but police said underage drinking is still prevalent.

University police Lt. Chuck Miner said there was simply less enforcement to ticket students.

“We didn’t have the manpower out there,” Miner said. “There (were not as many reports) because of lower enforcement.”

Less money available, Miner said, will keep enforcement from being as concentrated as before.

Miner said the first few weekends of school, along with special events like Homecoming, have more enforcement than during other times.

Some students said more enforcement does not deter underage drinking but instead encourages people to avoid large parties.

“I think the students are getting smart,” junior Jason Gloede said. “They go to less parties and (drink) in smaller groups.”

Thefts reported

There were 18 bicycle thefts reported last week in addition to 11 other thefts ranging from computers to backpacks – which Miner said is unusually high.

He said bicycle theft is always up in the beginning of the year because more students are around, but he said there could be a particular thief or group of thieves stealing bikes right now.

Miner also said most of the bikes stolen have been locked with cable or coil locks. Police encourage people to lock their bikes with “U”-shaped horseshoe locks, he said.