A summary of recent police activities in the Northwest.
• About 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, the school resource officer at Ironwood Ridge High School, 2475 W. Naranja Drive, arrested two male seniors on charges of disorderly conduct/fighting after the pair admitted to exchanging blows in the school’s breezeway, according to a police report. Campus security guards broke up the altercation, which, according to the report, started after one of the students threatened the younger brother of the other student. Only one of the boys, both of whom are 18 years old, suffered injuries in the fight — a “small mouse/bump under his left eye.” Both were arrested, but later released to their mothers.
• About 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, police responded to a shoplifting call at the Walmart, 2150 E. Tangerine Road. When the officer arrived, however, the alleged shoplifter was fighting with a pair of store security guards, according to a police report. After a search of the suspect, the officer found a “small fixed blade knife … along with a Lexar brand micro SD memory card,” the report said. Store workers said the man had stolen the memory card. When he was stopped by security, the alleged shoplifter fought to escape, the report said. A search turned up several outstanding warrants for the man’s arrest. He also was charged with two counts of assault and one count of shoplifting. He was taken to the Pima County Adult Detention Center.
• About 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12, a town policeman working as a school resource officer at Casas Christian School, 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd., was told by a parent of a “suspicious suitcase left in the parking lot,” according to a police report. The case was located next to the utilities building, which houses gas, electricity and air-conditioning for the property, according to the report. “This location is out front from the school administration building and near the preschool playground.” The school was locked down and a bomb-sniffing dog was called to the property for a more extensive search of the area. After X-raying the suitcase, officers from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department Explosive Ordinance Disposal team decided to destroy it with a water cannon. The suitcase was, for the most part, empty, containing only a second, empty suitcase. School officials later determined that the case was donated to the school the day before, but a grounds worker had forgotten to bring the item inside the building.
• About 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, police received a report about shoplifting at Sequels Upscale Resale store, 7961 N. Oracle Road. A store manager phoned police about an elder woman who had left earlier wearing a pair of shoes. The store had the woman’s credit card information, which led an officer to her address. Greeted at her front door, the woman said she wore the shoes out by mistake, according to a police report. She already had planned to go back to the store when the officer had arrived.
• About 10:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, police received a call from Golder Ranch Fire about an intoxicated woman outside a home on the 11000 block of North Copper Creek Drive. People at the home had called 911 because their friend was “freaking out,” a police report said. When the officer arrived, firefighters explained they would not approach the woman, who was “combative,” the report said. The woman “was struggling and hitting people who were trying to keep her calm.” Officers noted that the woman had “red, watery and bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of intoxicants on her breath and slurred speech,” according to the report. Bystanders explained to police that the home was the site of a company party. The woman’s husband told officers that “his wife has never become so intoxicated before,” the report said. She was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. However, she remained uncooperative at the hospital, striking medical workers and an officer as they tried to restrain her, according to police. She was arrested on two charges of aggravated assault. When she sobered up a couple of hours later, police took her to the Pima County Adult Detention Center.
• About 10:20 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, the school resource officer at Marana High School, 12000 W. Emigh Road, was called to the office to question a pair of students who allegedly had been smoking marijuana on campus. An assistant principal presented the officer with a “glass pipe that was multicolored, a lighter and a plastic bag with marijuana inside,” according to a police report. The items were found with one student near the school gyms. A second assistant principal brought in a girl that also had been caught with a “green soda can with holes on the top and smelling like burnt pot,” according to the report. The two female students admitted to smoking marijuana together, according to police. The student caught with the soda can was arrested on a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia and sent home with her mother. The other student, who had the pipe and drugs, was arrested on charges of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in a drug-free school zone. She was later released to her mother’s custody.
• About 2:40 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, police responded to a shoplifting call at the Target, 3901 W. Ina Road. A store employee had detained a man who allegedly “removed DVD players from their original packaging, concealed them in his clothes and attempted to leave the store through the garden center without paying,” according to a police report. The same man, according to the store employee, had stolen portable DVD players earlier this month, according to the report. As he searched the suspect, an officer found the merchandise, a knife and “three used syringes and two metal cooking tins wrapped in a white plastic material,” according to the report. “There was also a burnt residue on the cooking tins.” A search also turned up several warrants for the man’s arrest in Tucson and South Tucson. Asked about the alleged shoplifting, the man only said: “I can neither confirm or deny,” a police report said. He was arrested on two charges of shoplifting, five charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and four outstanding warrants on various charges. He was taken to the Pima County Adult Detention Center. The substance in the cooking tins later tested positive for heroin, according to police.