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SPICING THINGS UP

(AND DOWN, AND UP...)

FOOTHILLS AREA

OCTOBER7, 7:14 P.M.

A bipolar man used the recreational drug "spice" to self-medicate—and it unfortunately didn't work very well, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

The mother of the 27-year-old man called sheriff's deputies to their house, where she told them her son was bipolar, with mood swings between mania and depression. She said he'd been smoking spice, apparently to address this problem—but it only seemed to make it much worse.

Today, she said, her son had smoked spice on the porch and entered her house slowly, acting "lethargic." She said then, suddenly, he became agitated and started to scream, "as if he saw demons." Then he quieted down again and returned to the porch to clench his fists and rock his body, shaking violently—the state in which deputies found him. He said he'd "done nothing" (in slurred speech).

After deputies found a nearby baggie of spice (a marijuana alternative), they called the ambulance, and one deputy followed it to ensure the subject engaged in "no more outbursts or acts of aggression." Paramedics told him that actually, after his screaming fit, he'd quickly fallen asleep in the gurney.

He was taken to Northwest Hospital.

TINDER FEELINGS

UA AREA

OCTOBER 21, 1:29 P.M.

Some very hostile emotions caused quite a tiff between UA students through "Tinder," a phone app commonly used for sexual encounters, a UA Police Department report stated.

A male student told a UA deputy that he was afraid of a female student he'd met on "Tender." (The reporting officer apparently hadn't heard of the app before—but he soon learned it wasn't necessarily conducive to tender feelings between users.)

The reportee said he'd met the girl twice, the first time engaging in no sexual activity, and the second engaging in oral sex. After that, he said, he started getting odd Facebook messages from the girl, such as, "I need to go to the doctor, can you take me?" followed by, "I hope you die in the Army."

The subsequent messages, he said, "were in the nature of calling him a pussy"—and then she messaged his mother, father and sister saying she was pregnant (which the reportee said was impossible).

When the deputy called the female, she acted underwhelmed regarding her encounters with the reportee, saying, "It was okay, nothing great." She said the second time she invited him over, he was "not nice"—and later, she discovered he had a girlfriend and got angry. She allegedly contacted his family "only to tell them about what he had done to her." She wouldn't answer questions about the pregnancy story.

The subject agreed to stop contacting the reportee and a Dean of Students referral was completed. The deputy learned she'd been involved in a similar incident with another male the previous year.

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