crime blotter

Canceled dater

Aggressive attempts by an unknown male driver to persuade a female student to date him led to her filing a report in early April.

The woman told CPSO officers the man first contacted her on April 4 at about 8 a.m. as she stopped her car for a traffic light. When she attempted to ignore him he thrust a piece of paper with his e-mail address through her window, got back in his car and drove on.

On April 9, he pulled his car alongside hers and again attempted to make contact. Ignoring him, she pulled into Parking Structure 2. Upon leaving her car, she discovered the man standing behind her vehicle. She told him she didn’t know him and wasn’t interested, then ran past him and out of the structure. She reported the incident to CPSO at 11:15 a.m.

Larceny continues

Campus officers continue to deal with theft, often from vacated locations.

Although there was no sign of forced entry, a laptop computer valued at $1,000 was taken from the Office of Admission and Records in Neuberger Hall some time between April 4 and 8, probably over the weekend.

A bicycle and lock worth $100 were taken a little before noon April 9 from the bike rack on the south side of Lincoln Hall.

Again on April 9, about 5 p.m., a bicycle and lock valued at $330 went missing from a light pole on the Southwest Broadway side of Cramer Hall.

A bag and contents were taken from beneath a table in Lincoln Hall just before 2 p.m. April 10. The victim valued the loss of the unattended property at $55.

A rear passenger wing window was damaged to gain entrance to a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer in Parking Structure 3 about 7 a.m. April 8. Missing was a fishing rod and a CD. The loss was estimated at $265.

Familiar face

A persistent campus trespasser who insists his legal name is Zeus bobbed up again at 4:20 a.m. April 11. Officers found him sleeping in bushes near Parking Structure 3.

Zeus continued his practice of ignoring a court order requiring him to stay off of Portland State property. Officers issued him another trespass.

Spat suspended

Due to the requirements of state law, the husband of a student got arrested and transported to the county temporary booking facility about 6:30 p.m. April 11.

Officers went to the Stratford apartments after receiving a phone call from a woman who asked how family violence is handled. The caller indicated she and her husband had been quarreling and violence had ensued.

When officers arrived, they could see the mark of an abrasion on her cheek. The woman said it came from a backhand blow during a quarrel over domestic issues. Although she did not wish to press charges, state law requires an arrest when physical signs of violence are discovered. Charged with fourth degree assault was Jihong Zhang, 32.

The woman was referred for counseling to Counseling and Psychological Services.

Needler nabbed

Possession of three used syringes bearing traces of heroin resulted in a drug possession charge against Ronald M. Amato, 38, at 5:15 p.m. April 12.

Officers observed Amato sitting on a sidewalk outside the Ondine apartments, cleaning a car stereo. A consent search turned up the syringes and other drug paraphernalia. Amato told officers he had just shot up and did so two or three times a week. He was cited, issued a trespass and released.

Unfortunate choice

Joshua D. Peterson, 21, picked the wrong location when he suddenly had to urinate about 11:30 p.m. April 12. He drove his black truck at a high speed into the parking lot adjoining CPSO headquarters. When officers checked, they found him standing outside the truck relieving himself.

In an apparent attempt to hide drugs, he threw a packet of marijuana to the ground. He was charged with offensive littering and drug possession within 1,000 feet of a school and released.

Organizer disorganized

When officers approached a man huddling in the bushes south of the CPSO parking lot with a backpack, they investigated. The man said he was organizing the contents of his pack. Officers observed considerable trash left behind a log at the site and asked him if the trash was his. He admitted it was and they ordered him to pick it up. Checking his ID, they discovered he had an outstanding warrant. Although the charge was not clear, the warrant earned Thomas R. Stofiel, 45, a trip to the county temporary booking facility.

Bike derailed

A bicycle accident, which both the university and the city have warned against, occurred just before noon April 11. A woman riding her bicycle parallel to the streetcar tracks through the Park Blocks on Southwest Mill Street got her tire jammed into the trolley track.

She fell and injured her right knee and a wrist. Because of the possibility she may have broken her wrist, she was transported to Oregon Health and Sciences University Hospital for examination. Both PSU and the city have issued repeated warnings against operating a bicycle or wheelchair parallel to the tracks. Either can result in a wheel becoming jammed in the tracks.