Blotter: Oct. 25

Ciara McCarthy, Reporter

Wave of cut phone and cable wires might be connected to rash of punctured tires

The phone wires of Union Pizzeria, 1245 Chicago Ave., were cut amid a string of reports of cut phone and cable wires across the city. The wires were cut between 2 p.m. Sunday and 5:45 a.m. Monday. The phone wires of Blind Faith Cafe, 525 Dempster St., were also cut between Sunday night and Monday morning.

There have been at least seven additional reports of phone and cable wires cut at private residences and businesses since Sunday, said Evanston Police Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

He said EPD believes the acts are related to a rash of punctured car tires that also occurred in the past week in Evanston. There have been about 20 reports of punctured car tires since Friday. EPD is checking video surveillance in the affected areas.

Northwestern student arrested in connection with alcohol violation

A 20-year-old Weinberg sophomore was arrested early Tuesday morning in connection with violation of Evanston’s alcohol ordinance.

The student was arrested at 4:05 a.m. Tuesday at 817 Emerson St. He was charged with the possession of alcohol as a minor and the possession of a fraudulent ID after police observed him walking down Emerson Street with a wine bottle. When the student saw the arresting officer, he attempted to hide the wine bottle in a bush, Parrott said.

The student is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 7.

— Ciara McCarthy

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