Student reports fraudulent magazine sales in dorm

Solicitation is not allowed in University residence halls or apartments.

Koran Addo

This week, University police responded to a call from a student in Frontier Hall about possibly being the victim of the fraudulent sale of magazines.

Earlier this week, housing and residential life coordinator Wachen Anderson sent an e-mail about magazine scams.

The e-mail warned students about a magazine sales representative going door to door offering bogus deals.

According to Housing and Residential Life policy, solicitation in University residence halls and apartments is not allowed.

• Police issued several citations after conducting routine license plate checks, according to police reports.

University police did not return phone calls for comment Wednesday, but a Minneapolis police

official who wished to remain anonymous said it is up to individual officers whether to run a check on license plates.

“Some officers run every plate in front of them,” the officer said. “It’s up to the individual officer. There is no method to why police will run a license plate check.”

• University police responded to 12 cases of underage drinking this week.

In about two-thirds of the cases, the officers gave the offenders tickets and took them to detoxification.

Police officials said officers use discretion about whether to take individuals to detoxification.

The decision is based on whether the people can care for themselves, if they have someone with them to care for them or if there are no other options but to take them to detox, the official said.

• On Tuesday, University police at the Carlson School of Management recovered a stolen backpack containing two knife handles.

A Minneapolis police officer said suspicious recovered property can sometimes trigger an investigation of the owner.

The officer said in this case an investigation would depend on whether the knives looked like they were used to commit a crime.

• Early Wednesday morning, University police responded to a robbery at Harvard Market East.

Police stopped – but later released – a man in the area who fit the description.

According to police reports, the man was released after a more detailed description from the Minneapolis Police Department led the officer to believe that the man was not the suspect.