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Mill Fest brings a number of public urination citations

Police officers issued about six public urination citations on Saturday

As fest season kicked off this weekend, police officers in Athens observed the usual list of offenses: intoxication, underage consumption and lots of public urination.

Ohio University police officers issued six public urination citations Saturday — the day of Mill Fest.

In one public urination report, an officer observed a woman crouched with her pants pulled down at about 2 p.m. behind a garage on Oak Street.

On another occasion, an officer made contact with a man who was urinating through a fence on Mill Street.

OUPD arrested 13 people during Mill Fest, and the Ohio Investigative Unit arrested 31 people on 55 charges, according to a news release from the city. Most of the charges were alcohol-related.

The Athens Police Department arrested eight people — one of whom was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police horse. Law enforcement shut down 18 parties, according to a previous Post article.

A male student contacted OUPD early Saturday morning regarding a man who had broken a window in Seigfred Hall. The student provided a description of the individual who broke the window, though police were not able to find the person who matched the description after searching the area, according to the report. The case was closed.

OUPD arrested a man Saturday night suspected of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Pickering Hall. The man was transported to Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail and was scheduled to appear in Athens County Municipal Court on Monday morning.

Despite police attention primarily being focused on Mill Fest, local police departments also saw criminal activity during the past week.

Sunday morning, a residential custodial staff member reported that a handrail was removed from the exterior steps of Wilson Hall. There were no witnesses at the time, according to the report.

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Hours later, OUPD received a report from a resident assistant regarding a traffic bollard that was located on the green side and under the catwalk of Brough House on South Green. That case is pending further investigative leads, according to the report.

A man reported Friday that someone had struck his wife’s vehicle with a baseball bat at OU’s Parking Lot 111. The incident was believed to have happened sometime between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On the Athens County Sheriff’s Office’s end, deputies responded to a verbal dispute on Luhrig Road in Athens on Wednesday. A man and a woman were engaged in a dispute over various items they shared when they were in a relationship, according to a police report.

The woman was arrested and charged Wednesday with domestic violence after she pushed another woman during the dispute between her and the male, as the second woman was blocking her way in getting her property from a vehicle.


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