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Police Reports 12-3-15


By Gary Manier – Collegiate Staff

Fire Alarm

At 9:56 a.m. Nov. 17, Grand Rapids Community College police officers were dispatched to room 106 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center in response to a fire alarm. The officers were informed that the alarm was due to a steaming pan, but that fire response would continue. Police cleared the room for a search and no fire was found. The fire alarm was then reset.

Malicious Destruction of Property

Graffiti was located in the men’s restroom on the first, second and third floor of the Student Center on Nov. 18. The patrolling officer discovered the tag “2+2=5 bro” written on stall doors and connected partitions.This graffiti has been seen on campus multiple times. GRCC police are seeking information as there are currently no known witnesses or suspects.


At 12:18 p.m. Nov. 30 officers were dispatched to the second floor stairway of the Main Building in response to a reported medical incident that a female student was having a seizure. When GRCC police officers arrived on scene, several students were found attending to the female who was conscious and alert, but actively seizing. It was confirmed by bystanders that the student was seated when she began to seize and struck the right side of her head on the concrete floor. The student was identified by her Raidercard. She complained of being tired, drowsy and of head pain. The GRCC police officer remained until Grand Rapids Fire Department and American Medical Response arrived on the scene. Conversation with AMR responders determined that the student is prone to seizures, takes medication and is a heart transplant recipient. The student was stabilized with a neck brace and transported to Butterworth for further care and evaluation.


Two people were discovered resting on the south side of the Main building by a GRCC police officer while on patrol at 8:07 a.m. Nov. 17. One man, 36, and one female, 46, were lying under the transformer for heat. The officer approached and asked if the two knew that they were on GRCC property and both indicated that they did not. Both denied needing local resources. With assistance from two other GRCC officers inquiries were made and one came back with an officer safety caution. Both were issued a verbal warning for trespassing, advised of campus boundaries and told that if seen on campus without official business they would be subject to arrest.


At 11:13 a.m. Nov. 23 GRCC police officers were dispatched to The Learning Resource Center in response to a complaint about an intoxicated male trespassing on campus. Upon arrival, officers made contact with the caller, a GRCC staff member. The caller stated that a student warned her of an intoxicated male harassing students in the lobby of LRC. She did not witness the subject, but stated that the lobby smelled of alcohol. Officers observed two subjects with an unusually large amount of clothing and other items in possession sitting at a desk in the lobby. They smelled of intoxicants and body odor. Subjects were approached and asked their business on campus. Officers discovered that the individuals, ages 29 and 32, were homeless and not students.GRCC Police Department had no prior contacts with either, and both were given a verbal warning and asked to leave.

Violation of Controlled Substance

At 4:13 p.m. Nov. 19 two GRCC police officers were dispatched to the third level of the Bostwick parking ramp in response to a caller that believed two females were smoking marijuana in a Chevy Malibu. The officers located the vehicle and approached on the driver’s side. A female in the driver’s seat opened the door and was immediately informed by the officers that they had been reported. When asked about smoking marijuana, the females, both identified as 19 years old, denied it and showed an electronic cigarette they were smoking. Officers could smell marijuana near the middle console, but a search of the vehicle presented nothing. While searching a backpack, marijuana paraphernalia was discovered, but since no actual marijuana or any other evidence of recent use was discovered, they were released. Both females were 19. Inquiries were made, and the report was forwarded to the Associate Director of Student Conduct for review.