False fire alarm, injured employee reported to police

OCCCPDA false fire alarm, a keyed car, and an injury to an employee were reported to campus police in recent weeks.

Student worker Karla Ruiz, 19, said when she pulled the clear plastic cover off a fire alarm in the FACE Center, she did not realize that would activate it.

Ruiz activated the alarm located in the northwest hallway of the center around 8:45 a.m. Oct. 15.

Ruiz said in an interview she didn’t have a reason for removing the cover.

“I can’t recall,” she said. “It was one of those split-second decisions.”

Reporting Officer Don Rowe notified the campus police that it was a false alarm.

A key issued for the TRIO office at 1V7 in the Main Building was reported as lost by employee Amanda Finch at about 5 p.m. Oct. 14.

Finch told Officer William Hall she last saw the missing key on Oct. 7. Finch said she may have misplaced the key as she is in the process of moving.

Police received a report of an injury after FACE Center employee Fortunata Arzate, 62, tripped on some wires located near a stage in the FACE Center cafeteria.

Arzate reportedly injured her arm during the fall that occurred at 8:40 a.m. Oct. 15.

Community Outreach and Education Director Jessica Martinez-Brooks reported the injury.

Martinez-Brooks said she had received a call from Arzate saying she went to an unspecified hospital and discovered she may have broken her arm.

Arzate was advised by Martinez-Brooks to report the injury to Human Resources.

Rowe said he reviewed security footage from the area, but the camera was not recording at the time of the incident.

On Oct. 19, around 1:05 p.m., Officer P.T. Solinski was dispatched to parking lot E in response to a possible car having been scratched with keys.

Student Nicole Waddle, 23, reported scratches on her passenger side door that she did not recall having been there before.

Solinski reviewed the security footage from the time Waddle arrived on campus at 9:07 a.m. until around 12:50 p.m., but said he found no conclusive evidence.

The case is listed as not having enough merit or substance to be considered further.

Some information was redacted from the reports under the direction of Marketing and Public Relations Director Cordell Jordan, who said names are redacted “according to OCCCPD Standard Operating Procedures involving information released and information withheld.”

To obtain a copy of the procedure, email cjordan@occc.edu.

To contact Campus Police dial 405-682-1611 ext. 7747.

For an emergency, use one of the call boxes located inside and outside the campus or call 405-682-7872.


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