Pot, heroin boots, and an SOM trespasser

Maybe next time this trio will find a legal way to make Monday a little less manic.

Shortly after 7 p.m., an officer responded to a complaint that objects were being thrown out of a Vanderbilt Hall window, almost hitting people walking down Chapel Street, Yale Police Lt. Michael Patten said. When the officer arrived, he smelled marijuana and saw Nick Shoumatoff ’03, Michael Corcoran ’04 and Joseph Slaughter ’04 standing outside near the street. When the officer asked each one if they had any marijuana on them, the three obligingly turned over what they had, police said.

Police charged both Corcoran and Shoumatoff with possession of less than four ounces of a controlled substance. They charged Slaughter with possession of greater than four ounces of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, and possession of a controlled substance within 1,500 feet of a school.

Slaughter declined to comment Thursday, and neither Shoumatoff nor Corcoran returned repeated phone calls.



These boots were made for hiding heroin (and that’s just what they did)

Some people say you can only know a man after you walk a mile in his shoes. If Yale police had used that method last Thursday, their feet would have been itching from heroin powder.

A passer-by near the dumpster outside of Saybrook College called Yale police after he smelled a gasoline-like scent. After determining that the smell did not stem from any of the Aramark food prepared in the Saybrook-Branford kitchen, two officers traced it to Roger Sims, 36, of New Haven, who was illegally emptying a five-gallon drum of a gasoline-and-water mixture into the dumpster, police said.

The officers followed Sims back to his truck, where one of them spotted a knife under a seat, police said. They searched further and found a small, clear bag containing marijuana, Patten said.

Police arrested Sims and sent him downtown to the New Haven Police Department for booking. But while 1960s songstress Petula Clark said downtown was a place to “forget all your troubles, forget all your cares,” it proved for Sims to be slightly less magical: New Haven police turned up heroin when they searched his shoes, Patten said.

Sims was charged with reckless endangerment, carrying a weapon in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, and illegal dumping.



An illegal business transaction not involving Enron

Ranked 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the Yale School of Management gets its share of people eagerly seeking entrance. But unlike George Abernathy, most of them fill out an application to do so.

Police found Abernathy, 40, of New Haven at the SOM building at 60 Sachem St. after getting a tip that a “suspicious person” might be hanging around, Patten said. The officer detained Abernathy and found a file folder with papers taken from inside the building. After determining that Abernathy was not among the first batch of SOM Silver Scholars and had no reason to be in the building, police arrested him for burglary.

The officer searched further and found that Abernathy was carrying some gym equipment reported stolen that morning from a car parked at the corner of York Street and Tower Parkway. Patten added that Abernathy matched the description of a man allegedly involved in other thefts from SOM earlier in the year.

Abernathy was charged with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny, and interfering with an officer.

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