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Fire alarms go off in two buildings while another hit and run occurs in parking ramp in Sept. 17-22 GRCC Police reports

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The Grand Rapids Community College campus police station. (Samuel Tucker/The Collegiate)

By Sherry Sokolowski

Fire alarms go off at Cook Hall and Music Center even though there were no fires found

On Sept. 22 at 6:15 p.m. Officers Michelle Tett and Thomas Stasiak were patrolling the main campus grounds when they noticed a large group of people exiting the Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall due to fire alarms activating inside.  The officers notified dispatch and were told that there were two alarms going off, one at Cook Hall and the other at the Albert P. Smith Music Center. 

Along with the Grand Rapids Fire Department, the officers went to investigate and check out the alarm access panel for Cook Hall. They found nothing wrong with it and did not locate any fires. GRFD also inspected the main fire panel for the main campus and music center in which both panels were cleared. 

Third hit and run reported this semester involving a student’s vehicle 

On Sept. 21 at 7:38 p.m. Officer Zack Penniman responded to a report of damage to a student’s car in  level six of the Bostwick parking ramp.. When he arrived, the student was waiting at her car and stated that after leaving class, she noticed the driver’s side of her vehicle was damaged. She stated the vehicle was damaged between 5:30 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. while in class. Penniman gave her the report number for her insurance and took photos of the damage. 

Student scrapes vehicle against a pillar in parking ramp 

On Sept. 17 at 4 p.m. Officer Kam Robles went to the College Park Plaza parking ramp to help a student trying to exit. Once he arrived, Robles found the student parked in a parking spot. He said he’d open the gate so she could leave, but while the student was reversing her vehicle, she scraped a nearby pillar in the ramp. Robles took photos of the damage and said he’d file a report for insurance purposes. He then opened the gate and the student left.

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