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Visitors report gunfire in Duke Forest

Two visitors reported gunshots in the New Hope Church Road/Flat Rock Trail section of Duke Forest Dec. 23. The visitors were walking in the forest around 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23 when they heard two gunshots close by. The visitors called out that there were people in the area and then heard five additional shots. The visitors reported that the shots appeared to have come from a shotgun and were fired over their heads. The incident is under investigation.

Man arrested near East Campus for felony larceny

Duke Police and Investigations officers arrested Jose Antonio Serrano Jr. (DOB 8-21-75, 114 N. Adams St., Durham) after a brief foot chase in the Broad Street/East Campus area Dec. 29. Serrano was wanted for felony larceny (auto theft) of a 1996 Honda Accord from the Anderson Street parking lot Dec. 26. Serrano was held at the Durham County Jail under a $5,000 bond. His court date was set for Dec. 30. Serrano could not be reached for comment.

Officer arrests man for assault on a public official

An officer responded to a report of a man sleeping in Parking Garage 2 on Fulton Street at 6:23 p.m. Dec. 4. When the officer arrived he found Michael Farrington (DOB 09-21-57, 1312 Faye St., Durham) sitting in the doorway of the PRT entrance. When the officer approached Farrington to ask him for identification, Farrington tried to push past the officer. The officer tried to stop Farrington and was pushed in the chest. The officer subdued Farrington and placed him under arrest for assault on a public official.
A records check showed that Farrington had an outstanding warrant from the Durham Police Department for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and that he had been previously trespassed from Duke. Farrington was taken to the Durham Magistrate's Office where he was charged with the assault, second-degree trespassing and served with the DPD warrant. His court date is set for Jan. 7. Farrington could not be reached for comment.

Three cited for second-degree trespassing

Officers responded to a report of an argument between visitors in the Duke Hospital Dec. 3. When officers arrived and identified the visitors involved they found that one of the people, Gregory Smalls (DOB 06-06-1981, 608 Hardee St. Apt. B2, Durham), had been previously trespassed from Duke. Officers issued Smalls a citation for second-degree trespassing and escorted him from the hospital. His court date was set for Dec. 29.

Officers cited David Lamont Toomer (DOB 11-18-83, 1211 Chapel Hill St., Durham) with second-degree trespassing at 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Toomer was a former employee of Alpine Bagels who was trespassed in 2000 after being charged with a larceny on Duke property. Toomer's court date was set for Dec. 10.

An officer on patrol in Perkins Library at 1:05 a.m., Dec. 9 recognized a man he had trespassed from campus a month earlier. The officer identified and cited Kelvin Lamar Odom (DOB 01-10-73, 2806 Crest St., Durham) with second-degree trespassing. A check of Duke Police records indicated several trespass warnings dating back to 1991, with the most recent warning dated in 2003. Odom's court date is set for Jan. 22. The three men could not be reached for comment.

ED security screening leads to marijuana arrest

Security officers at the metal screening area of the Emergency Department notified police that a subject entering the ED had what appeared to be a controlled substance in his pocket at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Officers searched the person and found a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Officers arrested Edgar Ackley Hayes (DOB 02-01-54, 2323 Englewood Ave., Durham) and charged him with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Hayes was placed under a $1,500 secured bond at the Durham County Jail. His first court appearance was set for Dec. 9. Hayes could not be reached for comment.

Man arrested for DUI on Anderson St.

An officer noticed a vehicle driving erratically on Anderson St. at 2:53 a.m. Jan. 1. The officer observed the vehicle swerving in the lane and making a U-turn by going up on a lawn and hitting a bus stop sign. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Barry Mack Kirby (DOB 10-07-63, 2030 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh) for driving under the influence of alcohol. Kirby was taken to the Durham County Jail and held under $3,000 bond. His court date is set for Feb. 3. Kirby could not be reached for comment.

Driver charged with DWI on Buchanan Blvd.

Patrol officers noticed a vehicle travelling in an unsafe manner on Buchanan Blvd. Dec. 28. Officers stopped the vehicle and found that the driver had been drinking. After the driver failed field sobriety tests, officers charged Jose Rene Martinez Rosas (DOB 02-04-72, 1808 Chapel Hill Rd. Apt. D2, Durham) with Driving While Impaired. Rosas was transported to the Durham County Jail and placed under a $1,200 secured bond. His court date is set for Jan. 13. Rosas could not be reached for comment.

Duke-owned vehicle found in shady circumstances

An off-duty Durham County Sheriff's Department deputy saw a Duke-owned vehicle in suspicious circumstances in East Durham Dec. 23. The deputy contacted the Duke Police Department and followed the vehicle back to campus. Duke police officers stopped the vehicle and questioned the driver. During the stop, officers found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana in the vehicle. Officers charged Stanley Royster (DOB 09-14-63, 304 Commonwealth St., Durham) with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Royster's court date is set for Jan. 19. Royster could not be reached for comment.

Hospital visitor found in possession of weapon

A visitor to the Duke Hospital was found to be in possession of a weapon on school grounds at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 9. Edward Fowler (DOB 07-27-47, 124 Tinderbox Rd., Reidsville) was charged with possession of a weapon on campus by officers after he arrived for treatment carrying his Glock .45 caliber handgun. Fowler said he forgot he had the gun with him. Fowler could not be reached for comment.

Beer, soda cans implements in GG1, GG2 window breakings

A student reported that a $100 window in House GG1 was broken by a frozen beer can. The student said that she heard glass breaking around 2:40 a.m. Dec. 13. When she checked the glass she found the window broken.
Officers on patrol of the West Campus dorms found a soda can wedged in a second floor window of House GG2 Dec. 23. The $200 window was broken by the can. Officers said it appeared that someone threw the can at the window, breaking it.

Car stolen from H lot, recovered later

An employee reported the theft of her $7,700 1996 Honda Accord sedan Dec. 26. The employee said she parked her vehicle in the H parking lot on Anderson Street at 6:45 a.m. Dec. 26. When she returned to the lot at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 26 the vehicle was missing. Broken glass was found on the ground in the parking space.
The vehicle was recovered by the Roxboro Police Department at the Person County Hospital at 11:12 p.m. Dec. 26. The incident is under investigation.

ED employee arrested for simple assault

Two Emergency Department employees were involved in an altercation at the Duke ED Jan. 1. The altercation resulted in Julia Bagley (DOB 7-02-51, 805 Felicia St., Durham) being arrested for simple assault. Bagley was taken to the Durham County Magistrate's office and released upon her promise to appear in court. Her court date is set for Feb. 2. Bagley could not be reached for comment.

Employee reports apparently gang-related graffiti on East Campus

An employee reported $250 in damage to the door at the East Campus Housing Office in Brown Dormitory. The employee reported what appeared to be gang-related graffiti written on the door. The damage was found at 9:35 a.m. Jan. 2.

Projector taken from hospital room

An employee reported the theft of a $12,000 Epson LCD projector from a conference room in Duke Hospital. The employee said the projector was last seen in the conference room Dec. 10. The employee said that when she checked the room prior to a lecture at 7:45 a.m. Jan. 5, the projector was missing.

Students cited for underage possession of alcohol

Officers responded to the front of House M in response to a complaint of loud and profane language at 4:50 a.m. Dec. 3. When they arrived they found three men outside on the quad talking loudly. Officers reported that the behavior of the three led them to believe they were intoxicated. Officers identified the subjects and charged Jason Loughnane (DOB 6-04-84, 141 House M) and Paul Hermony (DOB 6-18-84, 002 House M) with underage possession of alcohol. Their court date is set for Jan. 7. Loughnane and Hermoney could not be reached for comment. Officers on patrol on East Campus noticed what appeared to be an underage person attempting to conceal an alcoholic beverage at 11:28 p.m. Dec. 4. Officers stopped and cited Maxwell Milliken (DOB 1-18-85, 303 Blackwell dormitory) for underage possession of a malt beverage. Milliken could not be reached for comment. Two cited for distributing alcohol

Officers responded to a report of loud noise at 1700 Pace Street at 3:17 a.m. Dec. 5. When they arrived and spoke to the residents, they noticed many cans of beer on the table of the apartment. Officers noticed that many of the people in the apartment did not appear to be over 21. Officers identified the people and found eight underage people in the apartment. Officers cited a resident, Richard Thomasen (DOB 07-07-81, 1700 Pace St. Apt. O) and another man, Mark Hecker (06-16-81, 625 Starmount Dr., Durham) with providing alcoholic beverage to underage persons. Thomasen and Hecker could not be reached for comment.

Fire extinguisher reported missing

An employee reported at 3:17 p.m. Dec. 2 the theft of a $30 Duke-owned fire extinguisher from near the front door to House M. It is unknown when the fire extinguisher was last seen in place.

Fork lift damaged in Duke rock quarry

An employee reported damage to a fork lift located in the Duke rock quarry in Hillsborough, N.C., Dec. 2. The fork lift is owned by a stone company working in the quarry. The throttle linkage on the fork lift was damaged between 2:10 p.m., Nov. 26 and 8:30 a.m. Dec. 2. The damage is valued at $150.

Balance scales seized from Bryan Research Building

An employee reported Dec. 10 the theft of a $2,000 set of Mettler-Toledo balance scales from the Bryan Research Building. The employee said the scales were last seen at 11 p.m. Dec. 9 and were found missing at 9 a.m. Dec. 10.

Three computers stolen from hospital

An employee reported Dec. 11 the theft of three new $5,000 Dell computers from a storage room in Duke Hospital. The employee said the computers were last seen in the room at 9 a.m. Dec. 4 and were discovered missing at 9 a.m. Dec. 10. The three computers were still in their shipping boxes.

Perkins laptop absent

An employee reported the theft of a $2,400 Duke-owned Dell Latitude laptop computer from the circulation desk at Perkins Library Dec. 2. The employee said the laptop was last seen at 8 a.m. Nov. 24 and was missing when an inventory was done at 5 p.m. Nov. 26.

Car jack clue in tire and rim theft

An employee reported the theft of a $200 15" Goodyear tire and rim from her 2002 Ford Focus, which was parked in the Hillsborough Road overflow lot Dec. 2. The employee said she parked her car in the lot at 8 a.m. Dec. 2 and found the tire missing at 3:41 p.m. A crank-style car jack was recovered near the vehicle.

Visitor missing two cameras since visit to Wallace Wade

A visitor reported Dec. 4 the theft of a $750 Sony movie camera and a $359 Fugi digital camera from section 13 of Wallace Wade Stadium in August. The visitor reported that sometime around 7 p.m. Aug. 27 someone took a black camera bag containing the two cameras from her seat in Wallace Wade. The victim has not been able to locate the missing cameras since that time.

Waiting-room bandit makes of with bank card

A visitor reported the theft of a bank card from her purse in a waiting room at Duke Hospital Dec. 4. The visitor said that at 9:15 a.m. she was visiting a patient when she realized she left her purse in the waiting room. She returned to the waiting room and saw a man holding her purse. The man left the room as she was checking the contents of the purse. The visitor reported that the only thing missing was a bank debit card. The man is described as a black male around 5'10", 130-140 lbs., thin build, between 20 and 30 years old, wearing a dark blue jacket and blue jeans.

Bryan Center theft leaves student without jacket

On Dec. 6 A student reported Dec. 6 the theft of her $150 black leather jacket from the Bryan Center. The student said she left the jacket unattended in the basement of the Bryan Center between 8:45 and 9 p.m. Dec. 2.

Purse goes AWOL between Blue Zone and dorm

A student reported the theft of her black leather purse from the Blue Zone parking lot area Dec. 8. The student said she knew she had her purse with her when she parked her vehicle in the lot at 1:30 a.m. Dec. 8. The student was transported from the parking lot to her West Campus dorm by a Safe Rides van. When she reached her room she noticed that her purse was missing. The missing purse and contents are valued at $70.

Visitor says cash stolen, records say otherwise

A visitor reported Dec. 8 the theft of $362 in cash from his personal belongings. The visitor reported that he was admitted to the hospital Nov. 26 with $1170 in cash in his possession. His belongings were kept in the business office safe for safekeeping. When he was discharged at 3:46 p.m. Dec. 8 there was only $808 in his belongings bag. The business office documentation shows only the $808 present in the bag when it was checked in.

Wallet pinched from lab coat

An employee reported the theft of a wallet from a lab coat in Duke Hospital Dec. 23. The employee said she knew the wallet was in the lab coat at 2 p.m. Dec. 23. The wallet was missing from the coat at 3:30 p.m. The wallet and contents are valued at $50.

Mountain bike takes a hike

A student reported Dec. 10 the theft of his $160 red mountain bike from the bike rack between Giles Dorm and Lilly Library. The student said he locked his bike to the rack with a cable lock Nov. 1 and noticed his bike missing at 1:40 p.m. Dec. 10.

Employee finds car minus license plate

An employee reported Dec. 11 the theft of a $25 license plate from her 1991 Volvo. The employee said she parked her car in the parking lot at Erwin Rd. and LaSalle St. at 9 a.m. Dec. 5. When she returned to her vehicle at noon Dec. 9 the license plate was missing.

Diamond ring snatched from House K restroom

A student reported Dec. 12 the theft of a $160 ring from the women's restroom in House K. The student said she left the ring on a counter at 8:15 a.m. Dec. 9. When she went to retrieve the ring around 8 p.m. the ring was missing. The ring is described as a white gold heart ring with diamond.

Six hand-held radios filched from storage room

An employee reported Dec. 19 the theft of six Motorola MTS 2000 hand-held radios from a Duke office on Mayfair St. The employee said the radios were last seen in a locked storage room at noon Oct. 15. The radios were discovered missing at 9 a.m. Dec. 15. The missing radios are valued at $2000.

Locker room larceny yields two coats

An employee reported Dec. 19 the theft of two coats from the women's locker room in the Eye Center. The employee said she left a $20 blue and gray Bugle Boy coat and a $50 white lab coat in the locker room at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. The two coats were discovered missing at 8 a.m. Oct. 21.

Visitor discovers cash envelope sans money

A visitor reported Dec. 19 the theft of $600 in cash from a patient room in Duke Hospital. The visitor reported that she had the money in an envelope in the room at 11 p.m. Dec. 18. The money was missing when she checked the envelope at 8:40 a.m. Dec. 19. The visitor was in and out of the room during that time.

Flat-screen monitors hot commodities

An employee reported Dec. 3 the theft of a $700 Dell 17" flat screen computer monitor from the Law School Library. The monitor was taken sometime between 3 p.m. Dec. 2 and 12:10 a.m. Dec. 3. A steel cable securing the monitor to the desk was cut in the theft. An employee reported the theft of a $400 Dell flat panel computer monitor from the Duke Clinics building. The employee said the monitor was in a storage room and was last seen Nov. 24. The employee noticed that the monitor was missing at 9 a.m. Jan. 5.

Cars undamaged, but possessions pilfered

A student reported Dec. 3 a break-in to her vehicle parked at the rear of Gilbert-Addoms dorm. The student parked her vehicle at 1 p.m. Dec. 1 and returned at 5 p.m. When she returned she found that someone had entered her 2000 Jeep and taken her $100 parking permit. There was no damage to her vehicle.

An employee reported Dec. 18 a break-in to her 1996 Honda Accord in the Hillsborough Road lot near Ninth Street. The employee said she parked her vehicle in the lot at 8 a.m. Dec. 17. When she returned to the lot at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17 she found that her $150 stereo receiver and $60 Nokia cell phone and charger were gone. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle.

Damage to vehicles irks student, employees, visitor

A student reported Dec. 3 that his vehicle was damaged while parked in the Blue Zone parking lot. The student parked his vehicle in the lot at 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and found the damage at noon Nov. 25. The damage to his 1995 Honda Accord consisted of dents on the hood that could be consistent with someone jumping on the car. The damage is valued at $800.

An employee reported that the rear window of his 1994 Pontiac Bonneville was broken while the vehicle was parked in Parking Garage II Dec. 26. The employee said he parked his car in the garage at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 and found the damage at 10:15 p.m. the same day. There was nothing reported taken from the vehicle. The damage to the rear window is valued at $250.

An employee reported Jan. 2 a break-in to his 1992 Dodge parked in the Brown Dorm parking lot. The employee said he left his locked vehicle in the lot at 8 p.m. Jan. 1. When he checked his car at 5:20 p.m. Jan. 2 he found the door open and the ignition damaged. There was no sign of forced entry to the vehicle. Damage to the ignition is valued at $250. On Dec. 27 a visitor reported that someone scratched his 1980 Jeep while he was parked at Duke Forest gate 23 off Mt. Sinai Road. The visitor said that his Jeep was scratched with a blunt object while he was walking in the forest around 11 a.m. on Dec. 27. The damage to the vehicle is valued at $250.

Car break-in leaves employee without radar detector

An employee reported a break-in to her 2000 Mitsubishi in the H parking lot at Anderson Street Dec. 18. The employee said she parked her vehicle in the lot at 5:45 a.m. Dec. 18. When she returned to her vehicle at 6:12 p.m. Dec. 18 she found that the front window had been broken and a $150 radar detector had been stolen. The damage to the vehicle is valued at $200.

Cash taken from women in Duke Hospital

A visitor reported the theft of $50 in cash from her pocketbook in Duke Hospital Dec. 8. The visitor said she left her pocketbook in her room at 11:15 a.m. Dec. 8 when she left the room for treatment. The money was missing when she checked her pocketbook at 8 p.m.
An employee reported the theft of $15 in cash from her backpack, located in a break room in Duke Hospital, Dec. 18. The employee said she left her backpack on a chair in the break room at 7 a.m. Dec. 18 and the money was missing when she checked her backpack at 9 a.m.

Student's wallet goes missing during McDonald's meal

A student reported the theft of her wallet from the Bryan Center Dec. 9. The student said she had the wallet with her when she sat down near McDonald's at 11:30 p.m. When she got up at 11:40 p.m. the wallet was gone. The wallet contained her dorm keys, $30 in cash and various ID cards. The wallet and contents are valued at $210.

Watch and phone abducted from unlocked locker

A visitor reported the theft of a $75 Anne Taylor watch and a $300 Motorola cellular phone from an unlocked locker in the Duke Hospital Dec. 22. The visitor reported that she placed her belongings in the locker at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 22 prior to visiting a patient. When she returned to the locker at 8:49 p.m. her belongings were missing.

Employee has charger but no phone

An employee reported the theft of a $250 Toshiba cellular telephone from Duke Hospital Dec. 24. The employee reported that her phone was stolen from its charger sometime between 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 24.

Patient's jewelry removed for treatment but never returned

A visitor reported the theft of a Charles Delon wrist watch and a gold necklace while undergoing treatment at Duke Hospital Dec. 30. The visitor said she had the jewelry when she went in for treatment Dec. 30. The jewelry was removed during the treatment and was not returned to the visitor when she made the report at 9:17 p.m. Dec. 30. The missing jewelry was valued at $60.

Books and personal papers missing after bookbag pinched

An employee reported the theft of her bookbag containing two books and personal papers from a nursing station in Duke Hospital. The employee said she knew her bookbag was at the desk at 4 a.m. Jan. 3 and it was missing at 6:15 a.m. Jan. 3. The bookbag and contents are valued at $40.

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