Campus Safety Week in Review: October 2-8, 2017

This week in Campus Safety news: Someone left suspicious  messages on campus phones, high schoolers were caught smoking in a practice room, and a drill fell on a theatre student’s head. Explore our interactive incident map to learn more.

10/2 OMM Shoplifting

Date: Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:51 am
Location: Old Main Market, Anderson University Center
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to a reported attempted shoplifting at the Old Main Market. Market staff were able to provide a description detailed enough for officers to locate a Keithley Middle School student who admitted to attempting to steal candy from the market. The student was issued a Restricted From Campus order for the attempted theft and was escorted off campus.

10/3 Suspicious Voicemails

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:45 am
Location: Department of Humanities and Department of Natural Sciences
Synopsis: Campus Safety received reports from the Division of Humanities and the Dean of Natural Sciences regarding suspicious voicemail messages left overnight. The voicemail messages featured long rambling references to conspiracy theories, and an expressed concern for PLU graduates who the caller believed were being targeted by foreign governments. The caller identified himself and has a recorded history of mental illness and previous interaction with law enforcement for similar instances of concerning phone messages to public and private institutions. This subject has an active PLU Restricted From Campus order from May 2013.

10/3 Morken Lot Vandalism

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm
Location: Morken Parking Lot
Synopsis: A student reported that her vehicle had been vandalized while parked in the Morken Parking Lot. The vehicle’s exhaust pipe appeared to have been intentionally cut near the vehicle’s catalytic converter, suggesting an attempted theft of the part. Campus Safety officers reviewed security camera footage with no results. No suspect information is available at this time.

10/4 MBR Smoking Violation & RFC

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:35 am
Location: Music Practice Rooms, Mary Baker Russell Music Center
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to a report from a PLU staff member that four high school aged males had been contacted for the second day in a row for smoking e-cigarettes in one of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center practice rooms. Officers contacted the four males who admitted to smoking within the building on both days. They were issued a Restricted From Campus order for the behavior. Follow-up was made with Washington High School and the guardians of each individual.

10/5 Tingelstad Wellness Check

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:32 am
Location: Tingelstad Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety received a call concerning a student who may have attempted to harm themselves in an incident the night prior. At the time of the original incident, a fellow student transported the student in distress to the hospital and PLU was not notified at the time. A wellness check was conducted at the student’s room to verify they were not on campus. PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities has been notified and has coordinated contact with the student’s family.

10/5 East Campus Vandalism

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:20 pm
Location: East Campus (Mount Rainier Lutheran High School)
Synopsis: Campus Safety was notified by Mount Rainier Lutheran High School staff that a window had been broken by a rock. Staff described the break as having just occurred, however no suspect information was available and nobody of interest was seen in the area. PLU Facilities Management was contacted and stated they would address repairs immediately.

10/5 Pflueger Medical Aid

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm
Location: Pflueger Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers and PLU Residential Life staff responded to a medical aid call in Pflueger Residence Hall for a student who had injured a finger. Officers applied basic first aid and the student declined further medical attention. Officers recommended the student follow-up with the PLU Health Center.

10/5 The Commons Unwanted Contact

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 9:29 pm
Location: The Commons, Anderson University Center
Synopsis: A student requested an escort from Campus Safety after an interaction with another student made them feel uncomfortable. The student approached while they sat alone in The Commons and made comments that made them feel uncomfortable. They stated they did not feel threatened by the other student, but the contact was unwanted and odd in nature.

10/6 Yakima Ave Vandalism

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1:45 pm
Location: West side of Yakima Ave S, between 125th St S and 127th St S
Synopsis: A vehicle parked along the Frisbee Golf Course fence line had its driver’s side window broken. There was no evidence that anything was taken from inside the vehicle. The owner, a student, was notified of the damage to the vehicle. There is no suspect information at this time.

10/6 121st St Vehicle Prowl

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 10:13 pm
Location: 121st St S, east of Yakima Ave S
Synopsis: A student reported a theft from his vehicle while it was parked on 121st St
S. There was no reported damage to the vehicle, but multiple small items, including a wallet, were taken. They were advised to file a report with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

10/6 Tingelstad Medical Aid

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 12:30 am
Location: Tingelstad Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to assist a Resident Assistant with an intoxicated student. The student returned to the residence hall after drinking multiple shots of vodka at an off-campus party. Upon returning, they vomited three times. Officers evaluated the student for a duration of time and determined that they were able to care for themselves. This incident was referred to Student Rights and Responsibilities as an Alcohol Policy Violation.

10/6 Phillips Center Medical Aid

Date: Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6:55 pm
Location: Karen Hille Phillips Center, Wood shop
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to the Karen Hille Phillips Center for a student who was injured when a drill fell on his head. The student was working in the wood shop when a drill struck the very top of his head. Upon arrival, the bleeding had stopped and the student was able to answer questions from officers. The student declined EMS response and advised he would follow up with his doctor if needed.

10/7 Off-Campus Unwanted Contact

Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 11:00 am
Location: Off-Campus
Synopsis: A student contacted Campus Safety for information about protecting herself on-campus from a possible confrontation with her ex-husband. Campus Safety officers documented his description, and provided information on Campus Safety services and resources at the Center for Gender Equity. The student lives off-campus and has already been in contact with the local police department about the situation.

Incident data is provided to Mast Media by the PLU Department of Campus Safety. Specific information requests should be directed to Campus Safety does not publish reports on false activations of fire, intrusion, or panic alarms. Incident synopses are edited by Mast Media for clarity and privacy purposes.

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