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Student charged with trespass, malicious mischief

By Tanner Fricke

Western student William Lawrence Palmer, 19, was arrested on campus Saturday, Feb. 3 on suspicion of entering another student’s dorm room while intoxicated and urinating on the floor and on her roommate’s belongings.

Palmer was charged with criminal trespass in the first degree, a gross misdemeanor, malicious mischief in the third degree and minor intoxicated in public. He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court in April.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 3, University Police was alerted to suspicious activity in Nash Hall. A student reported that a male had intruded her room and urinated on the floor, as well as on the bed and belongings of a roommate who was not present at the time. The reporting student said the male appeared incoherent, according to the University Police report. The male didn’t leave until after being told to exit multiple times, according to the report.

After identifying Palmer as a suspect, University Police entered his room to conduct a caretaking check, according to the report. The police found him wearing the same clothes as in a photo taken by the reporting student, and Palmer identified himself in the photo, according to the report. However, Palmer denied entering or urinating in someone else’s room, according to the report.

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