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Police Blotter: OUPD issues 20 citations for public urination during Mill Fest Weekend

The Athens Police Department received a report Sunday that someone had urinated through an open window into a sorority house.

Key phrases in reports from the Ohio University Police Department last week include “visible stream of urine,” “actively vomiting,” “laying face down in the grass” and “3 cans of Natural Light beer.”

About half of the written reports including theft, alcohol, drugs or disorderly conduct had to do with public urination. OUPD has yet to finish writing reports on incidents that took place from March 14 to Sunday.

Eight others involved drug-related charges, eight involved underage alcohol consumption charges and eight involved charges of disorderly conduct by intoxication. Other reports have not yet been completed because the department was so busy during the weekend at Mill Fest.

In one instance, an OUPD officer arrested a male student for public urination, underage drinking, and obstructing official business at about 5 p.m. Saturday on Mill Street.

The student was urinating in public view behind a house he didn’t live in, according to the police report, and lied about who he was to officers and refused to follow basic instructions, according to the report.

OUPD also cited a female visitor with public urination after observing her “urinating while leaned against a shed” in the Christ the King University Parish parking lot at about 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Through the window

The Athens Police Department also received a urine-related report during the weekend.

At about 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sigma Kappa sorority house, someone reported to APD that an unknown male had urinated through an open window into the house.

The report indicates that the incident damaged three wooden chairs with red upholstery, a total damage of $60.

In the grass

Seven out of the 43 OUPD reports mentioned students sitting down, laying down, slouched over or passed out.

An OUPD officer patrolling Mill Street “witnessed a male sitting in the grass on the corner of Mill Street and Stewart Street actively vomiting” at about 2 p.m. Saturday, according to a police report.

The student smelled like alcohol, had slow, slurred speech and couldn’t stand on his own, according to the report, and the officer charged him with disorderly conduct by intoxication.

Another incident Saturday in front of the Riverside Apartments involved a 17-year-old female "lying face down in the grass," according to a police report. An OUPD officer charged the female with underage drinking.

On the hallway floor

OUPD officers also located a student passed out on the floor of the second floor hallway of Lincoln Hall on Saturday at about 2 a.m. and arrested him for disorderly conduct by intoxication, according to a police report.

In a separate incident, someone called OUPD to report an intoxicated student causing a disturbance in Tanaka Hall on Friday at about midnight, according to a police report.

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Officers arrived to see the student stagger, then lie down on the floor, according to the police report. Officers confiscated a fake I.D. in his possession and arrested him for disorderly conduct by intoxication.

On the bathroom floor

An OUPD officer located a female student “sitting on the bathroom floor vomiting into a trash can” at about 11 p.m. Friday, according to a police report.

The student couldn’t answer basic questions or stand on her own and had a “strong odor” of alcohol on her and on her breath, according to the police report. The officer charged her with disorderly conduct by intoxication, and Athens County EMS transported her to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.

In a similar incident, OUPD officers arrived in Tanaka Hall room at about 2 a.m. on March 9 to find an intoxicated student laying on the bathroom floor, vomiting on the floor, according to a police report.

The student was unsteady on her feet when she stood up, and smelled of alcohol, according to the report. Athens County EMS transported her to OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital.


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