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Man exposes himself near children at the St. Paul gym

May 7, 2004

Earlier this week, University police arrested a man for indecent exposure at the St. Paul gym. According to police reports, the man was sitting at a table alongside the pool with his genitals exposed,...

Committee picks Harrington to be St. Paul police chief

May 6, 2004

A St. Paul selection committee named St. Paul police officer John Harrington as the top choice to be the city's next police chief. A 16-year veteran of the St. Paul police force, Harrington oversees all...

Police: Assaults often go unreported

May 5, 2004

Jeanine Cleaves heard a series of loud knocks on her door in the middle of the night. When the University junior opened the door, she saw her ex-boyfriend at her doorstep, bleeding heavily. He had been...

Two car accidents occur near U campuses, unknown thieves steal from the Daily

April 30, 2004

Two serious car accidents had University police and Hennepin County rescue workers working into the early morning Wednesday. In the first incident, 24-year-old Minneapolis resident Nicholas Osberg was...

56 students cited for alcohol-related crimes during Spring Jam

April 28, 2004

In a Spring Jam weekend dampened by the weather, some University students still managed to have a good time. But police dampened other students' weekends, judging from the long list of arrestees reported...

Woman alleges rape in second report of 2003-04 academic year

April 28, 2004

University police responded to a report of a rape on Monday. The victim, a 19-year-old University woman was attacked April 6, but reported it to police on Monday, according to a police report. This is...

Student loses digital camera, laptop computer in residence hall burglary

April 23, 2004

University student Luke Danielson's Centennial Hall room was burglarized Sunday and more than $1,500 worth of property was taken. Danielson, who moved into his single room approximately three weeks ago,...

Committee narrows police chief candidates to five

April 22, 2004

A St. Paul selection committee has narrowed the field of 14 police chief applicants down to five candidates. After a nationwide search, the committee's top five are all internal applicants, one of whom...

Nuisance crimes drop during strike

April 22, 2004

Business for Minneapolis' pimps, prostitutes and drug dealers was down during the bus strike, city officials said. Minneapolis police officer Ron Reier said the city saw a significant drop in nuisance...

U employee reports stalker to police

April 16, 2004

This week University police responded to a Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs employee's call complaining of a stalker. Jane Vega called police because she had received a harassing phone call, according...

State health department says HIV, AIDS cases down, syphilis up

April 15, 2004

The number of newly diagnosed HIV and AIDS cases has dropped in Minnesota. But what appears to be good news might actually be more reason to worry, health officials said. The decline in numbers is misleading...

Spring street sweeping, towing begin

April 14, 2004

The city of Minneapolis started its annual comprehensive spring sweeping program Tuesday. With spring sweeping comes car towing, so city officials urge motorists not to park their vehicles on streets marked...

Bike thefts in full bloom

April 13, 2004

It's getting to be bike-riding weather - and thieves have taken notice. University police said bicycle thefts on campus have spiked in recent weeks as more students use two-wheeled transportation to get...

E911 system to allow U community direct police contact in emergencies

April 9, 2004

A new program that will allow the University Police Department to respond to emergency calls more quickly should be running by summer, at the latest, police officials said. The system, known as E911, will...

Man disrupts campus Islam event

April 9, 2004

An unidentified man disrupted the "Meet Your Muslim Neighbor" program, which is part of Islam Awareness Week, on campus Monday, according to a police report. "(The man) came in harassing us, accusing people...

U Police get grant for E911 system

April 8, 2004

The University Police Department will receive a grant for more than $150,000 today to improve emergency response times on campus. The money will be used to implement an enhanced 911 system, known as E911. Under...

U officials promote Johnson to deputy police chief

April 7, 2004

A week after promoting a new police chief, University officials promoted Capt. Steve Johnson to deputy chief effective immediately. As deputy chief, Johnson's responsibilities include filling in for Chief...

Three U students injured in an assault at electrical engineering building

April 2, 2004

Last week an assault inside the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building left three University students injured, including one who was "bleeding profusely" from his head and face, University...

Hestness assumes chief duties

April 2, 2004

Assistant Vice President for Public Safety Greg Hest-ness will be the new University Police Department chief, Department of Public Safety officials said Thursday. Current Chief of Police George Aylward...

Neighborhoods plan to request money for additional police patrols

April 1, 2004

As the temperatures rise, police and neighborhood residents are preparing for the inevitable increase in crime that follows, Minneapolis police said. This year, two University-area neighborhoods are taking...

Police probe stabbing near UV

March 30, 2004

A violent stabbing Sunday morning outside of University Village has left University and Minneapolis police looking for answers. The incident, initially reported to police as a shooting, resulted in at...

University police arrest man in connection with 2003 riots

March 26, 2004

University police caught and arrested a Minneapolis man earlier this month wanted for a felony warrant stemming from the 2003 hockey riots. The man, Nicholas Lagos, did not return phone calls. University...

University student’s duplex burglarized

March 25, 2004

A burglar left a broken window and scuff marks on an exterior wall after breaking into University student Rachel Melena's Marcy-Holmes duplex on Tuesday evening. Early Wednesday morning, Melena came home...

U police chief Aylward moves on to Yale position

March 23, 2004

For almost six years, University police Chief George Aylward has helped create a better relationship between officers and the community. On March 12, Aylward announced his resignation effective April 2....

Undergrad arrested for making fake IDs

March 12, 2004

University police arrested an 18-year-old University student and undergraduate teaching assistant from the student's Sanford Hall room Tuesday. Police made the arrest after receiving information that Derrick...

When home is where you make it

March 11, 2004

Down a steep path parallel to the Mississippi River and under a bridge jutting out of a cliff, Canada Dan often sits at home, smoking cigarettes and reading by flashlight. Dan said he has been homeless...

Reports of on-campus harassment double while building thefts decrease

March 5, 2004

There were four reported cases of harassment on campus this week, according to crime reports. The number is up from the last two weeks combined when four harassment cases were reported. In one case, a...

Campus split on releasing ‘bad guy’ photos

March 4, 2004

Deep in the basement of Coffman Union is a wall with pictures of people who could pose a threat to the University community. Unofficially called "the bad guy wall," some people on the wall are wanted by...

U issues safety alert after nine thefts

February 27, 2004

University police issued a campus safety alert Feb. 20 after nine thefts were reported on the St. Paul campus. There were 37 thefts in the last two weeks from University buildings. A campus safety alert...

Hip-hop group frontman talks rap and culture at the U

February 27, 2004

On Wednesday, in front of a packed Coffman Union auditorium audience, Chuck D, controversial speaker and Public Enemy frontman, came to talk rap, race, reality and technology. Rap "Hip-hop and rap is supposed...

UPD tries to boost officers’ visibility

February 24, 2004

With a decline in the officer-to-student ratio, University Police officials said they fear the department is becoming anonymous in the community. To increase its profile, the department formed the Community...

Student energy enlivens races

February 19, 2004

When University senior Tyler Richter was growing up, his father sometimes did not bring a paycheck home. In those cases, Republican-sponsored initiatives helped Richter's father - a small-business owner...

Protesters strip down to swimsuits in call for ‘freezing’ tuition hikes

February 16, 2004

A high of 28 degrees did not stop eight University students from donning their swimsuits and risking hypothermia to call for a tuition freeze Friday. They and approximately 70 other University students...

Police arrest man for indecent exposure in Wilson Library

February 13, 2004

University police arrested a man for indecent exposure at Wilson Library on Monday. Police said the suspect, who was a thin white male with a long beard, exposed his penis to a woman studying at a table. According...

Residents, businesses see crime increase around U

February 13, 2004

About a year and a half ago, private security firm owner Tom Mudek was on a routine patrol on the West Bank when he was attacked by a group of men. As his wife looked on, the men threw Mudek to the ground...

University police crack down on illegal ticket scalping

February 6, 2004

University police increased their focus on illegal ticket scalping recently, making at least five arrests outside University sporting events in the past two weeks. Police stepped up their efforts to stop...

Sanford donates $1 million to U frat

February 5, 2004

University alumnus T. Denny Sanford donated $1 million Friday to renovate the Chi Psi fraternity house on campus. Sanford serves on the fraternity's executive council and was a member during his time at...

Residents urged to take part in hunt for new police chief

February 5, 2004

In a school year that included an abduction, a robbery at gunpoint and at least one reported sexual assault, it is unclear how involved the University community has been in the search for Minneapolis and...

Handicap parking offenses increase during cold weather

January 30, 2004

University staff member John Peterson was arrested Jan. 22 for illegally using a handicap permit issued to his deceased father. University police Capt. Steve Johnson said police usually see an increase...

Student helps draft landmark agreement

January 28, 2004

While some college students spend their summers at the beach, University student Marie Clark spent hers in a stuffy office building helping draft Minneapolis' landmark federal mediation agreement. Clark,...

Minneapolis, St. Paul declare snow emergencies

January 27, 2004

With about 5 inches of snow blanketing Minneapolis and St. Paul - and more on the way - both cities declared a snow emergency effective at 9 p.m. Monday. When announced, snow emergencies last three days...

Governor’s committee favors joint stadium over two-venue plan

January 21, 2004

Gov. Tim Pawlenty's stadium screening committee heard a proposal Tuesday to build two stadiums side by side on the University's St. Paul campus. The proposal called for the Gophers, Twins and Vikings to...

New city police chief stresses U cooperation

January 20, 2004

With a new Minneapolis police chief in the ranks, a University official and a local City Council member highlighted the importance of cooperation and support between the Minneapolis and University police...

Student sues U, police for spleen loss in riot

December 11, 2003

After two surgeries to remove his spleen and correct an obstructed digestive tract, University senior Jeffrey Arndt is suing the University and both the University and Minneapolis police departments. Arndt...

Cost keeps sex offenders away from U, but residents still wonder who’s next door

December 11, 2003

Graduate student Melissa Hansen said working at a sexual assault center inspired her to check her neighborhood for sex offenders. She also said the Dru Sjodin case - in which authorities believe a sex...

Police give parking advice after rare on-campus car theft

December 4, 2003

University student Emily Mecklenburg found an unwelcome surprise Sunday morning when she discovered her car was no longer parked where she left it. She parked her car on the east side of Centennial Hall...

Patent rights revenue means extra funding for U

December 1, 2003

Over the past 50 years, the University has been responsible for some of the most widely used products in health and safety. Inventions used worldwide, such as the seatbelt, the airplane black box and the...

Police warn of winter crime rise

November 25, 2003

During the holidays, many University students leave campus to be with their families, take vacations or just enjoy their time off from school. Although many students relish this time away, police said...

Last defendant sentenced in hockey riot

November 21, 2003

Hennepin County sentenced the final student charged in connection with the April 12 riot following the Gophers men's hockey championship. Nicholas Lagos, 19, was sentenced to 90 days of work squad duty,...

Student reports fraudulent magazine sales in dorm

November 20, 2003

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...

City Council revamps Civilian Review Authority

November 20, 2003

University student William Pedersen knows firsthand that police brutality complaints did not get far with the Civilian Review Authority's old structure. Last fall Pedersen filed a claim with the CRA saying...

Badgers fan flees from U police

November 13, 2003

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials dealt with several University students over Halloween, and last week University police got a Wisconsin visitor. Police chased a shirtless Badgers fan covered in...

Riot preparations divert money from police needs

November 13, 2003

Some schools are known for partying, some for academics and others for athletics. The University, however, might become known for rioting, which could end up costing students. After two years of riots...

3 U students charged in Madison melee

November 6, 2003

At least three University students were among those arrested and charged following last weekend's disturbances in Madison, Wis. The Dane County Sheriff's Office released the names of 10 Minnesotans allegedly...

Minnesotans blamed for Madison riot

November 4, 2003

Sunday-morning revelers took to the streets of Madison, Wis., to celebrate Halloween weekend. In what police described as a very large disturbance, about 334 citations were issued for destruction of property...

Vandals strike Life Care Center

October 30, 2003

When Christopher Gustafson arrived at work last Friday, he was greeted by the word "helter" written in blood on the wall outside his office. Gustafson is director of the University Life Care Center, a...

Some students say pricey housing still has problems

October 27, 2003

Sophomore Katie Thayer said one year in the dorms was enough, which is why she was excited to move into her new luxury apartment in Jefferson Commons this fall. After two months, however, Thayer decided...

Neighbors criticize ‘industrial’ apartments

October 21, 2003

After three years of pollution cleanup and complaints from neighbors, Stone Arch Apartments is now welcoming tenants. The apartment complex on Main Street Southeast in Minneapolis sits between the University's...

U offers more housing perks

October 8, 2003

Rising student expectations are driving up costs for University residence halls, officials said. The University is trying to keep up with amenities such as cable TV and high-speed Internet that are becoming...

Blind students face unique challenges

October 2, 2003

How does a blind person study anatomy? By spending lots of time with the teaching assistant, John Lukanen said. Lukanen has low vision, which means he can see objects up to three feet in front of him. Lukanen...

U considers two investment plans for greek housing

September 30, 2003

University officials are discussing two plans to put money into fraternities and sororities to maintain their houses. One option is a loan program available to greek communities for capital improvements....

Students anxious over house inspections

September 25, 2003

Imminent inspection sweeps through the Dinkytown, Southeast Como and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods have landlords on edge and students anxious for results. "Every landlord around here is on pins and needles,"...

Tenants are front line in residence safety

September 23, 2003

University sophomore Kyle Haus said he caught about 15 mice in the first couple days he lived in his Como Avenue duplex. Despite this, neither Haus nor his roommate, junior Nick Vannucci, have anything...

Students live, learn in U communities

September 15, 2003

Last year, University student Caleb Blue Arm had trouble finding other American Indian students on campus. This year, American Indian students come to him for advice. Blue Arm is a peer mentor for one...

UDS offers expanded menu options after reviewing student survey results

September 9, 2003

Officials from University Dining Services said they have responded to student requests from an annual survey by offering students more dining options this year. Changes include more retail dining locations...