Tales from the Police Blotter: Dartmouth Edition

Tales from the Police Blotter: Dartmouth EditionOriginally, this post was supposed to be a round-up of ALL the Ivy police blotters, but that goal had to be abandoned for several reasons. Some schools — for instance, those located in real cities — have serious amounts of serious crime. Others choose not to publish their campus police blotters online, or at least in a way not easily browsable by lazy guest-editors trolling for scandal (thanks for nothing, Brown). However, the principal reason is this: Dartmouth’s police blotter puts all the other blotters to shame as the second-rate chronicles of petty theft and mild inebriation they are.

Hanover Police responded to a 9-1-1 emergency call when a 14-year-old female Hanover resident awoke to find a 21-year-old Dartmouth student beside her in bed. The student entered the unlocked private family residence and proceeded to the second floor where he entered the girl’s room. The subject allegedly removed his pants and climbed into bed with her. The intruder fled the scene after realizing the family had contacted the police. Alcohol was a factor in the event, according to Hanover Police.

Combine the following: an insular college-town atmosphere, a predominantly Greek social-scene, a culture of binge-drinking without real consequences, and an overzealous if basically good-humoured police force. Throw in a few local crazies and teenage delinquents from Hanover High, and what you have is essentially a perfect storm of alcohol-driven anecdote.

Hanover Police responded to a call from Chi Gamma Epsilon fraternity where an arm-wrestling bout ended in a traumatic injury. An individual suffered a broken arm and was transported away by ambulance.

Somewhere in the Hanover Police Department there is an unrecognized genius with a knack for vignette and an eye for details.

Hanover Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone observed a male leave Stinson’s Village Store with four cases of Keystone Light beer and turn them over to a 20-year-old female Dartmouth student. The male then proceeded to load her car with three five-liter bladders of Franzia Chardonnay, three five-liter bladders of Franzia Merlot, eight bottles of Mirassou Merlot, eight bottles of Turning Leaf Pinot Grigio and one case of Brut Andre Champagne, valued together at $365. After the student drove out of the parking lot, police arrested her for the illegal transporting of alcoholic beverages.

Every once in a while the helpful staff at the D publishes a compilation from the police blotter. This is a compilation from those compilations. Enjoy.

Officers responded to a noise complaint from a School Street resident. Upon arrival at 13 School St., the policeman found a crowd of about 20 people outside gathered around a pong table. The officer saw an unconscious male in a chair and approached him to see if he was all right. He found the male to be “extremely intoxicated, or appeared to be.” The student said he was 21 years old, but when asked for proof, the young man pretended to reach for his wallet, pushed the officer out of the way and started to run back into the house. The officer and the student “got into quite a tussle,” after which two other partygoers assisted the officer in subduing the intoxicated student. The man, three days shy of his twenty-first birthday, was arrested and released with an August court date.

 

Hanover Police discovered a pile of toilet paper aflame near the Episcopal Church Friday. Industrial sized rolls of toilet paper had been lit on fire and rolled down the hill. No suspects were discovered.

 

Safety and Security contacted Hanover Police after finding an intoxicated, unresponsive male subject in the basement of Cohen Hall. The 18-year-old was a Boston University freshman visiting for the weekend. An ambulance quickly transported him to DHMC, where he was released four hours later at 5:12 a.m. Shortly after, a police officer observed the man walking down Medical Center Drive hoping to walk back to Hanover and catch the 5:30 a.m. bus. The police officer drove the student in the cruiser to the bus stop and he returned to Boston on the 5:30 a.m. bus. Before leaving the cruiser, he apologized for causing trouble, restated his contention that he only had 4 beers and 3 shots of liquor the night before.

 

A fire alarm sounded after a shut chimney flue in Bones Gate fraternity’s fireplace caused smoke to pour into the building. Police officers and firefighters arrived on the scene to find that only two residents had been evacuated. The remaining residents were then evacuated. One resident resisted and was then arrested.

 

A Safety and Security Officer spotted a Dartmouth student near the inner circle at the bonfire. The student alleged that he had been pushed into the inner circle. A Hanover Police officer smelled alcohol on the Dartmouth junior’s breath. When asked his age, the student claimed he was 21 and produced his wallet and his Maryland driver’s license. The license revealed that the student was a 20-year old minor. While being escorted to the police car, the student tried to bite the officer in the bicep and pull the patch off the officers jacket with his teeth. The male subject was charged with unlawful possession of alcohol and resisting arrest.

 

Hanover Police officers spotted two rowdy males in the area of the bonfire. They appeared to be joking, but the subjects became more aggressive when one grabbed the other’s shirt and cocked his hand back as if he were going to strike him. Hanover Police then grabbed the more aggressive of the two subjects and determined that he had been consuming alcohol.

Once inside the trailer at the booking area, an officer removed the handcuffs from the Dartmouth junior. The subject became argumentative soon afterwards. A struggle ensued when the police officer present attempted to handcuff him again. With one hand cuffed, the Dartmouth student used his free hand to grab a telephone and began swinging it around, almost striking one of the officers. After some effort, the situation was brought under control.

 

Safety and Security requested assistance from Hanover Police in responding to a report concerning a fight at Cutter Shabazz. The officer arrived at the back of the building where there was group of men standing around and an argument underway. Initially, the officer could not identify any injured parties, but subsequently spotted a male with blood on his face and a torn shirt. The subject claimed that he had fallen down the stairs and his friend grabbed his shirt to stop him from falling. The police were skeptical of the explanation but took no further action.

 

The Department of Safety and Security called Hanover Police for assistance when a Dartmouth freshman, en route to Dick’s House, jumped out of a Safety and Security vehicle. Two Hanover Police officers chased the highly intoxicated student down the street and wrestled her into submission. Once stopped, the student required assistance with her balance, although she continued to pull away from the officer who was helping her. The student then refused to identify herself and requested a field sobriety test. After failing the sobriety test, she refused a Breathalyzer test.

Once at the station, the student continued to refuse to identify herself. Since she was carrying no form of identification, the police officer present examined the student’s cell phone call log in order to identify her. He discovered the number for the student’s parents, contacted her mother and asked her to help identify her daughter. Due to the extent of her intoxication, the Fire Department was called to perform an evaluation, and the female student was sent to Dick’s House.

 

A Hanover police officer observed two males talking to a Dartmouth Safety and Security officer on Tuck Drive. The Safety and Security agent indicated to the police officer that there was not a problem; however, the officer smelled a strong alcohol odor and noticed that one of the males had watery, bloodshot eyes. The 20-year-old Dartmouth junior was determined to be intoxicated and was taken into custody. He was frisked down, revealing a 12 oz. can of Keystone Light beer in his front right pocket. A preliminary breathalyzer test administered at the police station suggested a blood alcohol concentration of .326. The student was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for evaluation.

 

Officers on patrol noticed a 20-year-old Dartmouth student staggering down Crosby Street. While officers initially lost track of the individual, upon a second trip around the area they found him leaning face-first into the door of Alumni Gym. Upon closer inspection, police found that the individual had passed out in this position. The officer established that the student was intoxicated and he was then released to Safety and Security.

 

Officers observed a 21-year-old Dartmouth student trying to ride a bicycle down Mass Row. After watching the ’06 male fall off, sending the bike “flying,” officers approached him to make sure he was alright. In response, the student attempted to run away, but lacked balance. The officers soon caught up to the student, established that he was intoxicated, placed him in protective custody and turned him over to Safety and Security.

 

Police noted a 21-year-old Dartmouth student who was blatantly intoxicated and having difficulties riding his bicycle. After observing him for several minutes, police took the student into protective custody, then turned him over to Dartmouth Safety and Security and Dick’s House.

 

A Hanover Police officer reported that there was an intoxicated male running from him. The subject got away.

 

An 89-year-old woman living in the Kendal retirement community called Hanover Police to report that her 1997 white Subaru Impreza had been smashed and its hood pried open. Police arrived at the scene to find that the vehicle had not in fact incurred any damage. Officers learned that the woman had not driven her car recently and, as a result, the Subaru would not start. The elderly woman had merely assumed that vandalism had caused her car’s troubles since she had heard that someone had broken into the car next to hers and stolen 35 cents.

 

Officers on patrol passing by 16 West Wheelock Street witnessed a man and woman who appeared to be intoxicated. The woman, who turned out to be 16 years old, fell down, and as her companion attempted to pick her up they both fell. Upon seeing the police, the man fled, leaving police to take care of the girl. When Hanover Police attempted to take the girl into custody, a nearby party of twenty college-aged people surrounded the police officers and began to yell at them, saying they would not allow police to take the girl into custody. After calling Lebanon police for backup, the officers dispersed the crowd and took the girl into custody. After bringing the girl down to the police station, the dispatcher began to receive calls from another female, who first identified herself as the arrested girl’s mother, then as her father, and asked for her immediate release. The request was denied.

 

Police responded to a reported fight at Thayer Dining Hall. Upon investigation, the police discovered that two male students who had been wrestling over a grilled cheese sandwich. Neither party was intoxicated, or arrested.

Hanover Police arrived on scene responding to a call from a woman saying that a crow had been on Rope Ferry Road performing somersaults for several hours. Upon investigation, police found “no sign of a weird crow.”

The mother of a 15-year-old girl called Hanover Police to report that her daughter might have been presented information about gang-related activity. In reality, the girl had received an e-mail advising against flashing one’s headlights at an oncoming car without its headlights on because if the car belongs to a new gang member, he or she would be required to turn around and kill the individual who flashed his or her lights. Hanover Police concluded that this was unrelated to gang activity, but rather urban legend.

 

A Hanover High School student called the police when he caught two other students vandalizing his car with brownies and trying to enter the vehicle. The two students fled and the student called Hanover Police after memorizing their license plate number. When officers pulled over the car in town, there were three students in the car, one of whom was seemingly under the influence of an illegal substance, assumed to be marijuana. The brownie vandalism charges were dropped when the victim recognized the two perpetrators as his friends, however.

 –HAL PARKER

44 Responses to “Tales from the Police Blotter: Dartmouth Edition”

  1. D'09 Says:

    Yes!! IvyGate FINALLY shares these weekly gems with the masses. I feel more and more proud every time I read these in the D.

  2. D'09 Says:

    Yes!! IvyGate FINALLY shares these weekly gems with the masses. I feel more and more proud every time I read these in the D.

  3. aNassStaffer Says:

    Excellent…and what clip-art!

  4. aNassStaffer Says:

    Excellent…and what clip-art!

  5. D'06 Says:

    Not gonna lie, feeling a little homesick for Hanover right now.

  6. D'06 Says:

    Not gonna lie, feeling a little homesick for Hanover right now.

  7. D'08 Says:

    I think I knew at least 5 people who were written up there.
    I love our school.

  8. D'08 Says:

    I think I knew at least 5 people who were written up there.
    I love our school.

  9. Hemi Says:

    The brevity of, “A Hanover Police officer reported that there was an intoxicated male running from him. The subject got away,” says it all.

  10. Hemi Says:

    The brevity of, “A Hanover Police officer reported that there was an intoxicated male running from him. The subject got away,” says it all.

  11. d07, yalegrad Says:

    *wipes sweet, wistful tears away*

  12. d07, yalegrad Says:

    *wipes sweet, wistful tears away*

  13. c' 07 Says:

    brilliant. god bless the hanover pd. unfortunately at columbia, public safety never releases any of the antics of drunken students. what a shame.

    best quote from columbia public safety officer ” when i see shit going down, i just turn around and walk the other way. that’s just one more thing i have to write down in my log book.”

  14. c' 07 Says:

    brilliant. god bless the hanover pd. unfortunately at columbia, public safety never releases any of the antics of drunken students. what a shame.

    best quote from columbia public safety officer ” when i see shit going down, i just turn around and walk the other way. that’s just one more thing i have to write down in my log book.”

  15. d'11 Says:

    I love Dartmouth.

  16. d'11 Says:

    I love Dartmouth.

  17. and Says:

    Dartmouth loves you.

  18. and Says:

    Dartmouth loves you.

  19. time to supplement Says:

    Great collection, but some gems have been omitted. One – following an open party at a sorority during which a guest had propped open a basement window, two intruders entered the house. Seeing a stereo sitting on the counter underneath a locked cabinet, said intruders thought said sorority must be keeping something quite important in said locked cabinet if the stereo was left out and unsecured. Unable to jimmy the lock, the intruders pulled the cabinet out of the wall and broke off the door. At this point a sister living on the first floor heard the ruckus, came downstairs to investigate and, grabbing a nearby hockey stick, chased the intruders out to the street. Upon investigation it appeared nothing had been taken — apparently the intruders were not interested in the baking supplies the house kept under lock and key.

  20. time to supplement Says:

    Great collection, but some gems have been omitted. One – following an open party at a sorority during which a guest had propped open a basement window, two intruders entered the house. Seeing a stereo sitting on the counter underneath a locked cabinet, said intruders thought said sorority must be keeping something quite important in said locked cabinet if the stereo was left out and unsecured. Unable to jimmy the lock, the intruders pulled the cabinet out of the wall and broke off the door. At this point a sister living on the first floor heard the ruckus, came downstairs to investigate and, grabbing a nearby hockey stick, chased the intruders out to the street. Upon investigation it appeared nothing had been taken — apparently the intruders were not interested in the baking supplies the house kept under lock and key.

  21. D'02 Says:

    My favorite Dartmouth police report ever: (from 2004)

    May 9, West Wheelock Street, 2:12 a.m.
    Hanover Police noticed a suspicious male weaving down the sidewalk of West Wheelock Street near School Street, carrying a bamboo lawn candle. When the individual, a 19-year-old freshman, saw the police, he attempted to hide the candle behind his back. The male, who had spent time at Panarchy that night, appeared to be under the influence. The officer thought he smelled vomit, a charge the student denied. The officer then asked what the student had in his pockets, which were bulging noticeably. The student replied that his wallet was in his left pocket and his underwear was in his right pocket. When asked why he was carrying his underwear, the student replied that he had had diarrhea all day. The officer then inquired if the freshman had defecated in his pants, to which the student replied in the negative, claiming it was just “a bad fart.” He was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by consumption, and given either a day in court or the option of an alcohol diversion class.

  22. D'02 Says:

    My favorite Dartmouth police report ever: (from 2004)

    May 9, West Wheelock Street, 2:12 a.m.
    Hanover Police noticed a suspicious male weaving down the sidewalk of West Wheelock Street near School Street, carrying a bamboo lawn candle. When the individual, a 19-year-old freshman, saw the police, he attempted to hide the candle behind his back. The male, who had spent time at Panarchy that night, appeared to be under the influence. The officer thought he smelled vomit, a charge the student denied. The officer then asked what the student had in his pockets, which were bulging noticeably. The student replied that his wallet was in his left pocket and his underwear was in his right pocket. When asked why he was carrying his underwear, the student replied that he had had diarrhea all day. The officer then inquired if the freshman had defecated in his pants, to which the student replied in the negative, claiming it was just “a bad fart.” He was arrested for illegal possession of alcohol by consumption, and given either a day in court or the option of an alcohol diversion class.

  23. h06 Says:

    can’t do much else in hanover

  24. h06 Says:

    can’t do much else in hanover

  25. Y'07 Says:

    h06, you can go die. sound good? i’m sure you had fun at the shithole that is harvard, in between sitting alone in the library and watching movies of what it’s really like to have a life. at real schools (Dartmouth being one of them), you can be on a island in the middle of the pacific, but if the place has great people, you never get bored). such is life in Hanover.

  26. Y'07 Says:

    h06, you can go die. sound good? i’m sure you had fun at the shithole that is harvard, in between sitting alone in the library and watching movies of what it’s really like to have a life. at real schools (Dartmouth being one of them), you can be on a island in the middle of the pacific, but if the place has great people, you never get bored). such is life in Hanover.

  27. yaaaaylie Says:

    Who the heck is Dick and why is everyone who’s already drunk going to his house lol?

  28. yaaaaylie Says:

    Who the heck is Dick and why is everyone who’s already drunk going to his house lol?

  29. D Says:

    Infirmary.

  30. D Says:

    Infirmary.

  31. y07 Says:

    Honestly, the fact that the infirmary is called “Dick’s House” might be the best part of all. This is amazing.

  32. y07 Says:

    Honestly, the fact that the infirmary is called “Dick’s House” might be the best part of all. This is amazing.

  33. qb Says:

    If you thought all the excitement was at Dartmouth, check out this recent Cornell police blotter. Apparently the cops get called if someone steals your lunch. High drama.

    http://cuinfo.cornell.edu/Admin/MorningRep/index.php?RepID=1218

  34. qb Says:

    If you thought all the excitement was at Dartmouth, check out this recent Cornell police blotter. Apparently the cops get called if someone steals your lunch. High drama.

    http://cuinfo.cornell.edu/Admin/MorningRep/index.php?RepID=1218

  35. i heart the d Says:

    i think one of my favorite police blotters involved chi gam’s dog sketch. sketch bit the ebas delivery guy one wknd, and then bit someone else the week after. as a result, h po made chi gam get rid of the ‘wobegotten dog’. love it.

  36. i heart the d Says:

    i think one of my favorite police blotters involved chi gam’s dog sketch. sketch bit the ebas delivery guy one wknd, and then bit someone else the week after. as a result, h po made chi gam get rid of the ‘wobegotten dog’. love it.

  37. d '05 Says:

    i once drove around with s+s for a night b/c i was writing a story for the d. was asking officer willy about people streaking the green and if he thought that was something they deserved to get in trouble for. he responded that he ‘was not sworn to uphold the law, and if the streakers had any balls they would streak in the day time anyway’

  38. d '05 Says:

    i once drove around with s+s for a night b/c i was writing a story for the d. was asking officer willy about people streaking the green and if he thought that was something they deserved to get in trouble for. he responded that he ‘was not sworn to uphold the law, and if the streakers had any balls they would streak in the day time anyway’

  39. D'11 Says:

    Pure gold. I am fiercely proud.

  40. D'11 Says:

    Pure gold. I am fiercely proud.

  41. Lauren jamison Says:

    hi! this is sooo intresting!

  42. Lauren jamison Says:

    hi! this is sooo intresting!

  43. dmouth09 Says:

    I remember the Chi Gam broken arm blotter…man, what a bunch of sweet dudes.

  44. dmouth09 Says:

    I remember the Chi Gam broken arm blotter…man, what a bunch of sweet dudes.

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