crime blotter

Balls of fire

Liar, liar, pants on fire,

Brought down the campus officer’s ire.

Maybe the culprit lit up for sport.

What he got was a day in court.

Officers observed what appeared to be flames erupting in the Park Blocks about 9:15 p.m. June 15. Drawing closer, they discovered Robert S. Baert, 39, holding a piece of poster board, which was in flames.

When he saw officers approaching, he threw the board on the ground and stomped on it, in an apparent effort to stamp out the fire. He stood beside a dumpster filled with flammable paper and wood. Baert first said he was testing the inflammability of materials. Then he admitted starting the fire as a test, he said, to check the response time of fire personnel.

Baert was cited for reckless burning and criminal mischief and was released.

Lifted loot

A car left in the West Hall parking lot for the week of June 7 to 14 was broken into some time during that period. Property valued at $200 was taken.

About 11:15 p.m. June 15 officers observed a car alarm sounding and a man acting suspiciously at a car parked near the Candlelight Caf퀌� and Bar at Southwest Fourth Avenue and Grant Street. The man quickly began walking away.

Officers stopped him near Southwest Fifth Avenue and Lincoln Street. They attempted to handcuff him but he resisted and during the scuffle, a screwdriver fell from his hand.

They returned to the vehicle and, upon examination of the scene, officers cited Scott M. Fisher, 33, for unauthorized entry to a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and theft. He was released.

A computer valued at $1,705 was taken from an unlocked room in Smith Memorial Center about noon on June 11.

Leaving a purse unattended in the Parkway Commons at 3:30 p.m. June 19 proved expensive for its owner. The loss of purse and contents was valued at $1,165.

Litter bit

Urinating in a public place earned an offensive littering citation for Werner Laufer, 41. He was contacted near the Urban Plaza at 3:35 p.m. June 17. He was released after being cited.

High smokers

High on the fourth floor of Parking Structure 1 soon after midnight June 20 officers discovered two persons sitting in a car who had been smoking marijuana. A baggie of the weed, plus pipes and papers, were confiscated and destroyed but the smokers were not cited.

Snort emergency

A female student reportedly was suffering a drug overdose from cocaine at 2 a.m. June 18. The report brought fire department medical crews to Montgomery Court. Fire and ambulance personnel judged the woman was not experiencing any medical problems and they left the scene.

Boarding party

Skateboarding on the brickwork in the Park Blocks adjacent to Smith Memoral Center brought officers to the area at 11:30 a.m. June 24.

There they encountered the boarder, Michael Wayne Anderson, 19. A warrants check showed he was wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of possession of a forgery instrument. He was transported to the county temporary booking facility.

Bags bagged

An anonymous call June 24 informed Campus Public Safety there was stolen property in a room in the Ondine.

Officers discovered two Portland State athletic bags in an apartment there. The occupant admitted taking athletic supplies from Peter Stott Center while employed there. Value of the pilfered property was set at $72. The suspect was not cited.