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Mercer Police Blotter: Hit and run, theft by taking, domestic violence and sexual assault

Mercer Police Blotter: Hit and run, theft by taking, domestic violence and sexual assault

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

November 21, 2019

This semester, Mercer Police responded to numerous incidents on and around campus. Kyle Sears, director of media relations at Mercer University, provided redacted police reports.

“Our priority is to keep you safe”: Campus parking restrictions possible after five tickets

“Our priority is to keep you safe”: Campus parking restrictions possible after five tickets

Natalie Yaeger, Lead News Writer

November 5, 2019

There are currently 21 students who have been barred from parking on Mercer’s campus. Mercer’s Chief of Police said that students can be restricted from parking in certain places on campus after accumulating too many parking tickets in a single semester.

Macon at night: Catcalling, harassment and why victims don’t report

Macon at night: Catcalling, harassment and why victims don’t report

Emily Rose Thorne, Digital Editor

October 11, 2019

After being followed across campus by a stranger at 2 a.m., I asked Mercer Police if the office had collected any data on similar student experiences and asked two women about navigating Macon at night.

Mercer Police looks to clear parking confusion

Mercer Police looks to clear parking confusion

Rylee Kirk, Lead News Writer and Advertising Manager

April 10, 2019

Mercer University Police, or Merpo, have responded to student concerns throughout the semester about parking rules and tickets on campus. In an email to students March 8, Merpo said that fines were being placed on students’ accounts in advance of course registration, which began March 11. “Many of these...

Students report case of battery, three vehicle break-ins over summer

Students report case of battery, three vehicle break-ins over summer

Meagan Hurley, Staff Writer

August 28, 2016

A Mercer student reported being the victim of simple battery this summer when an unknown suspect entered his dorm room and placed a pair of men’s underwear over his face before striking him.

Do not cross: Student reports sexual assault

Do not cross: Student reports sexual assault

Nicholas Wooten, Editor in Chief

May 16, 2016

A Mercer student reported that she was sexually assaulted April 9 at one of the Mercer loft buildings. According to the Mercer police report filed April 11, they were dispatched to the Medical Center emergency room on April 11 regarding the assault. The victim said she reported the incident to Merc...

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes

Garden Apartments targeted in string of weekend crimes

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

April 14, 2016

Mercer University students were targets in a string of weekend crimes following Bearstock Saturday April 9. The most violent involved a Mercer University student being robbed at gunpoint inside of his room at the 1503 Garden Apartments. Two men brandishing black pistols entered room 106 aroun...

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments

Mercer student robbed at gunpoint in 1503 Garden Apartments

Nicholas Wooten, Managing Editor

April 10, 2016

A Mercer University student was robbed at gunpoint inside of his room at the 1503 Garden Apartments Saturday night. Two men entered the on-campus apartment around 11:30 p.m. and the pair made off with several items. Only one resident was home at the time of the incident.  “It is still under invest...

Do Not Cross: Crime Slows on Campus

Do Not Cross: Crime Slows on Campus

Nick Wooten, Managing Editor

March 30, 2016

The past month has been a quiet one for the Mercer Police department. From Feb. 15 to March 16, only three criminal incidents were reported. Two of the three crimes were thefts by taking. Feb. 15 Mercer Police responded to reports of a suspicious black male behind MEP at 8:40 a.m. The respondin...

Campus carry bill explained, Mercer sees no changes

Campus carry bill explained, Mercer sees no changes

Summer Perritt, Staff Writer

March 17, 2016

The Georgia House of Representatives passed a bill Feb. 22 to legalize the carry of concealed weapons on public college campuses. Bill 859, otherwise known as “Campus Carry,” allows any student 21 or over with a concealed weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or univers...

MerPo dispatcher writes book on ministry

MerPo dispatcher writes book on ministry

Marin Guta, Digital Editor

March 17, 2016

Tonia Wilkes faces high-stress situations working as a Mercer Police dispatcher, but her own life experiences have taught her how to cope with crisis. Wilkes opened up about the most difficult thing she faced in her book called “Renewing Your Hope Ministry.” Although she said that she love...

Students and administration wrestle over parking

Students and administration wrestle over parking

Justin Baxley, Sports Editor

November 11, 2015

“It’s like a wrestling match,” said Ashton Cubbedge, a Mercer junior who transferred from Armstrong State University this fall. In this wrestling match, it’s thousands of pounds of steel instead of flesh and bones. And the winner’s prize is a parking space instead of a gold belt. But...

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