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Police stay busy amid crowds

Kate Antonacci and Mary Kate Malone | Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Police issued 40 arrest tickets and made five custodial arrests of adults for misdemeanor violations of liquor laws before and during Saturday’s home football game against University of Michigan.

During the game, 25 people were removed from Notre Dame Stadium for “liquor related offenses,” one was arrested for public intoxication and one was “transported to the hospital due to intoxication,” Associate Director of Notre Dame Security/Police (NDSP) Phil Johnson said in an e-mail Monday.

Outside the stadium – assisted by Indiana State Excise Police, South Bend Police and St. Joseph County Police – NDSP officers issued two arrest tickets to adults for “possession of marijuana.”

He did not specify whether preliminary breath tests (PBTs) were used.

Three juveniles were also cited, one for possession of marijuana, one for possession of tobacco and one for minor in consumption of alcohol, Johnson said.

Johnson did not say whether those arrested, cited or removed from the stadium on Saturday were Notre Dame or Saint Mary’s students. He did not mention any marshmallow-related ejections from the stadium.

Also, three individuals were arrested on campus by NDSP Saturday related to counterfeiting and theft, Director of Ticket Operations Josh Berlo said.

The arrests came one week after undercover police arrested a man selling counterfeit tickets on the southeast edge of campus before the Notre Dame-Penn State game Sept. 9.

“This is a joint effort between Notre Dame Security/Police, South Bend Police and what we learned at the Penn State game,” Berlo said. “We were able to utilize that information … to make three very successful arrests.”

Berlo did not elaborate on how the Sept. 9 arrest was connected to the latest ones, but said he expects charges to be filed by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor early this week.

About 100 counterfeit tickets are linked to the arrested individuals, Berlo said.

“We’re going to keep our eyes out for counterfeits. … We have the tools in place to make future arrests if necessary,” Berlo said.

Johnson said when tickets are bought on the street, there is a “great risk” of the ticket being counterfeit.

“People should be very cautious in buying tickets,” he said.

In addition, 14 people were issued trespass notices “banning them from campus property,” most issued for urinating in a public place, Johnson said. Another man was issued a trespass notice for urinating in the Stadium Lot.

NDSP officers also arrested one man for “operating while intoxicated” and one man for public intoxication near the Mason Support Service Building, Johnson said.

One man was arrested for public intoxication and possession of marijuana near the Stadium, where he returned later in the day after being ejected by ushers.

An additional arrest was made near Hammes Mowbray Hall of a man who was publicly intoxicated and was observed taking a bike from a residence hall.

“The bike, which was recovered by NDSP, was not registered nor reported stolen at this time,” Johnson said. “Investigation of this case continues.”

Officers, most in uniform and “easily recognized as law enforcement officers,” were present on campus and in parking lots to help maintain a “family friendly atmosphere” among tailgate gatherings and to enforce Indiana law, Johnson said.

“This is not an undercover or covert operation,” Johnson said. “NDSP will continue to work with other area police officials for future home football games … Law enforcement officers will arrest underage drinkers on campus and at tailgate parties.”