Newspaper theft in brief





Editor salvages stolen newspapers, tries to redistribute on campusCALIFORNIA -- A student editor in California attempted to redistribute her student newspaper after finding nearly 2,000 stolen copies in a dumpster near campus.Jane Pojawa, editor in chief of El Vaquero, said she suspects administrators at Glendale Community College confiscated and trashed the June issue because of an article about recent student suicides on campus. College president John Davitt admitted he had problems with the ethics of the story but denied being responsible for taking the papers.The article ran in the June 9 edition of the newspaper and named a Glendale Community College nursing student who had recently committed suicide, Pojawa said.Not long after distribution, Pojawa said staffers started to notice the papers ''were disappearing from the stands at a really alarming rate ... clearly they weren't just taken to be read, they were being confiscated.'' Pojawa estimated that nearly 2,000 of the 3,500 copies put out were taken, costing the paper around $2,500.Davitt said he understood the paper had a right to print the story, but said he had ethical concerns with the article.''My problem [with the article] was that it ... was put into the newspaper by the student reporter even though she had been told that the family [of the student who committed suicide] requested that it remain private,'' Davitt said. ''I asked the adviser if he would pull the article and I would pay the cost of re-doing the paper with a different article substituted for the article in question, but he declined.''Glendale Community College Police Department did not respond to several calls for comment. Pojawa said she is not sure of the status of the investigation.''I don't know if the investigation is open or not. I don't think the campus police ever questioned any suspects or anything like that,'' she said. Two students named in connection with campus newspaper taking in MayCALIFORNIA ---- The Pasadena City College campus police reported in June that two Pasadena City College students were responsible for stealing the student newspaper in May.On May 18, nearly 5,000 copies of The Courier went missing shortly after they were distributed on campus. Later that morning, several people entered the newspaper's office and dropped off three bags filled with torn up copies of the paper. The bags had a note attached that blamed The Courier staff for not covering a recent event hosted by the campuses' Hispanic group MEChA.According to the police report, a Courier staff member was in the office at the time and eventually identified two MEChA members, Patrick Benjamin and Rebecca Contreras, who were named in the report. Additionally, a sample of Contreras' handwriting was said to be ''most closely matched'' with the handwriting of the note left at the scene, according to the report.''All MEChA Club members denied any involvement, conspiracy or advanced knowledge of the incident. Once Mirandized, all requested legal counsel to be present and invoked their Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination, refusing to cooperate with the investigation,'' the report stated.The report also stated the two students were culpable in the destruction of district property and were in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. But college spokesman Juan Gutierrez said the college has not taken any action against the students.''[The college] has been dealing with situation all summer, and we're trying to come to an understanding between the two groups,'' Gutierrez said. ''We've been trying to rectify the situation. Things are still in motion.'' Stolen newspapers found in presidential candidate's garageWASHINGTON -- A police investigation has concluded that despite finding stolen copies of a Central Washington University newspaper in student body presidential candidate Ashley Gilmore's garage, Gilmore could not be held solely responsible for the theft.''The papers were found in the garage where five other students live in the house. We couldn't conclude he took the newspapers, but what we did was give him a sanction and hold him accountable and responsible for probably having someone in the house take the newspapers,'' said Keith Champagne, vice president for student affairs. ''We asked him to make restitutions to the amount of the papers that were in his garage and issued him a sanction.''Gilmore, who was running for student body president, was featured in a front-page story of the May 18 edition of The Observer that reported he had been acquitted in September 2005 of second-degree manslaughter in connection with the 2004 death of his roommate, Joseph Tibbs.At the time of Tibbs' death, Tibbs and Gilmore were roommates at Washington State University, according to an article in The Seattle Times. According to a February 2004 police report, Gilmore told officers he kicked a gun from Tibb's hand in horseplay, and when the gun hit the floor, it fired bullets into Tibbs' chest, the article said.The student newspaper chose to run the story on May 18, the day of the election, because they received the tip about Gilmore the Monday before the May 18 issue, and the weekly paper coincidentally published on election day, said Rachel Guillermo, editor in chief of The Observer. Gilmore lost the election.Guillermo said out of 6,000 papers distributed on the night of May 17, 4,000 were missing the next morning. She said the paper reprinted the issue at a cost of $806.Gilmore did not respond to a phone call seeking comment. Conservative newspaper containing


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