Police Dispatch

For Whom the Bell Tolls

East River and North Sabino Canyon roads, Dec. 29, 7:38 a.m.

Someone twice climbed onto the roof of a Catholic church compound and up its steeple in order to ring the church bell in the middle of the night, a Pima County Sheriff's Department report said.

A woman residing at the Novitiate of the Immaculate Heart, 3820 N. Sabino Canyon Road, said the first incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on Christmas night. She told a deputy that she heard someone on the roof, and then the bell rang seven or eight times.

It later appeared that a ladder that belonged to the church had been carried onto the roof to reach the steeple. The ladder was subsequently secured indoors.

At about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, the woman said she again heard footsteps above her room, and then 10 rings of the church bell in quick succession. After daybreak, she found a different ladder had been used to reach the steeple from the rooftop.

A deputy photographed the ladder, a footprint and several broken shingles on the roof. The woman was told to contact authorities if she wanted periodic checks of the property around the time the bell ringing had occurred.

Needles and Narcotics

UA Area, Jan. 5, 7:13 p.m.

A man using a restroom claimed he saw another man in a stall with a syringe jabbed in his foot, a University of Arizona Police Department report said.

An officer asked the man, later identified as 31-year-old Martin Kubiak, to exit the stall at the Student Union Memorial Center, 1303 E. University Blvd.

Kubiak consented to a search of his backpack, which allegedly produced three syringes, a spoon coated with black residue and two pill bottles containing Valium and an unknown substance. A baggie containing a substance suspected to be heroin was also found in his wallet, the report stated.

Kubiak was taken to Pima County Jail to be booked, but was rejected due to leg infections. After receiving treatment at Kino Hospital, he was re-booked.

Missing Mule

Near Pima/Cochise County line, Dec. 29, 6:51 p.m.

A woman contacted authorities to tell them that her miniature pet mule had been stolen, a PCSD report stated.

She said she last saw the female mule, which is the size of a Shetland pony, at 7:30 a.m. on the day of the theft. By 4:30 p.m., the mule was gone.

The corral in which the mule was kept was fenced, but not locked.

The woman estimated the animal to be worth about $1,000. There were no witnesses or suspects at the time of the report.