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The Blue & Gray Press | June 15, 2019

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It’s time to disarm police and focus on crisis intervention training

April 25, 2019 |

Staff Writer
It seems like we can hardly go a day without hearing about another deadly police shooting. Conversations about stopping said shootings are prolific but they have largely ignored an obvious solution, taking away police officers’ guns.Read More

Staff Editorial: Proposed Law Could Transfer Police Power

January 26, 2011 |

When a UMW student was raped in 2008 in the parking garage, the entire university was shocked by not only the incident, but by the handling of the case, which later led to a $10 million lawsuit against the university.

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Following Past Blue-Light Controversies, Latest Safety Walk Goes Off Without a Hitch

November 4, 2010 |

The tension was palpable as UMW Chief of Police Eddie Perry reached out to test the campus’s blue light system in front of Trinkle Hall Tuesday night during the Safety Walk.

When campus police responded immediately to the test call … Read More

Suspect Still at Large in Purse Snatching at Giant

September 29, 2010 |

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Fredericksburg police received a call that the mother of a UMW senior was robbed while entering Giant, the grocery store in Eagle Village, police officials said.  No weapon was involved in this crime.

According to … Read More

New Police Chief has Vision for a Safer UMW Campus

September 29, 2010 |


Since joining the UMW police department on July 12, Police Chief Eddie Perry has already developed a three-tier plan to keep UMW and UMW students safe.

Perry wants to increase the usage of Operation I.D., which is … Read More

Police Search for Suspect in Robbery

September 25, 2010 |

At 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Fredericksburg police received a call that the mother of a UMW senior was robbed while entering Giant, the grocery store in Eagle Village, police officials said.  No weapon was involved in this crime.

According to … Read More

Stafford Teen Named as a Suspect in Firearm Case

September 15, 2010 |

After being identified by a UMW student in a photo line up, a local teen was charged with brandishing a weapon to the student while she was jogging downtown on Aug. 30.

Juvenile petitions were filed for the suspect, … Read More

Student Safety Remains Steady

September 15, 2010 |


In the aftermath of an attempted assault near campus, a review of safety statistics shows that reports of criminal offenses on campus have remained steady in recent years.

In 2008, the latest annual data available, there were … Read More

Urban Alcohol Legends Explored by UMW Student

September 15, 2010 |

By MATT BLAIR Staff Writer

Everyone has heard of an urban legend. An urban legend is a rumor that has some element of truth and sounds completely plausible. Different environments have different urban legends, and college environments have special urban … Read More

Jogging Student Avoids Gunman

September 1, 2010 |

On Monday, Aug. 30, a UMW student was jogging downtown when she was approached by an armed male cyclist, according to a campus crime alert sent out Tuesday afternoon.

The 20-year-old student left the scene unharmed and the Fredericksburg police … Read More

Staff Editorial: College Students Unfairly Stereotyped after JMU Riot

April 15, 2010 |

Last weekend’s block party riot at JMU highlighted the growing tensions between local residents and college students. The riot is a prime example for the locals to use of what’s wrong with college kids these days.

For the locals and … Read More

After Block Party at JMU, 31 Arrested in Crowd Riot

April 14, 2010 |

In the aftermath of Saturday’s riot at James Madison University, police have taken 31 people into custody and have issued summons to 25 more who were at the scene, according to Harrisonburg’s Community News Network.

Harrisonburg Police Chief Donald Harper … Read More

Five Emergency Lights Added

March 10, 2010 |


This semester, five new blue lights are being erected around campus as part of a project that will cost the university $160,000. The new lights received a makeover, and though they work essentially the same way as … Read More

Man Arrested in Student's Assault

February 17, 2010 |

A witness’s description, along with Giant employees and video footage helped police arrest a man who grabbed a UMW student in the Giant parking lot last week.

Police arrested Christopher Ford, 64, of Fredericksburg on Tuesday, Feb. 15 and charged … Read More

Police Beat: Nov. 11, 2009

November 11, 2009 |

Nov. 3- At 10:29 a.m., UMW police responded to a student illness in Chandler Hall.  The Fredericksburg Rescue Squad transferred the student to Mary Washington Hospital.

Nov. 4- At 8:20 a.m., the math department contacted UMW police because it looked … Read More

Escort Service use Lower on Weekends

November 4, 2009 |

Despite state-wide budget cuts, UMW officials have placed a prominent focus on improving the student escort service with increases in the program’s budget.

According to Executive Vice President Rick Hurley and Paul Messplay, executive director of budget and financial analysis, … Read More

Police Beat: 10/29

October 28, 2009 |

Oct. 22- At 10 a.m., it was reported that someone had tried to gain entry into the Fitness Center.  A lock to an outside gate had been bent.  Also, a door panel into the auxiliary gym had been kicked.  Police … Read More

Letter to the Editor: Students Are Not Denied Escorts

October 21, 2009 |

Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to your editorial in last week’s Bullet in which you stated that some students have reported that escorts were requested but never provided.  I have two concerns with the fact that this statement … Read More

Midway Through the Semester, Four Reports of Sexual Offenses

October 7, 2009 |


In the past three weeks on campus, the UMW police have reported four cases of either sexual assault or sexual misconduct.  The increase in reports highlights the reccurring issue of safety on campus and … Read More

Safety Walk Misstep

October 7, 2009 |


Police took about six minutes to arrive when President Hample tested a blue light on the night of Wednesday, Sept. 30, pretending to be a student being harassed by a strange man.

The six minutes were from … Read More

Police Beat

October 7, 2009 |


Sept. 28- A student reported that on Sept. 25 at around 3 p.m. a blue gym bag with the UMW logo on it was stolen from the lobby area of the Fitness Center.  The bag was in … Read More

Police Beat

September 30, 2009 |


Sept. 17- At 2 p.m., police saw a suspicious male at the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The 21-year-old male was with a car that had no gas in it.  Police started to check his license … Read More

Police Beat

September 23, 2009 |


Sept. 15- It was reported that on Sept. 14, a leather bicycle seat was stolen from a student’s bicycle that was locked outside Woodard Center.  The bicycle seat had a tear in it and its … Read More

Police Beat

September 16, 2009 |


Sept. 7- It was reported that a Virginia license plate was stolen from a UMW student’s car.  The car was parked in the William Street parking lot.  The student did not know when the plate was stolen.  … Read More

Police Beat

September 9, 2009 |


Aug. 30- At 2:33 a.m., three non-UMW men were found throwing the no smoking area signs near Lee Hall.  Two of the men were issued trespass warnings.  The other man was arrested.

Sept. 1- A UMW officer … Read More

Police Beat: April 9, 2009

April 9, 2009 |

March 26- At 11:22 p.m., a 20-year-old male was caught writing on the bathroom wall of Simpson Library.  The fourth-floor Randolph resident wrote, “Workers of the world, unite” and “Long live the revolution” on the first-floor of the North side … Read More

Letter to the Editor: Police Strands Students

March 26, 2009 |

Dear Editor:

Picture this: it’s a Saturday night and you and your buddy leave a party and walk over to 7-Eleven. The reason you are walking is because everyone at the party is too drunk to drive.

While purchasing a … Read More

Police Beat

March 26, 2009 |


Feb. 22- At 2:09 p.m., it was reported that items were stolen from the fourth floor of Mason Hall.    The four male suitemates reported two cameras, an iPod, sunglasses and a bottle of cologne missing from their … Read More

Off-Campus Peeping Tom Raises Safety Concerns

March 26, 2009 |

On March 11, Fredericksburg police responded to a call from the 1000 block of Princess Ann Street, where three off campus students claimed an unidentified man had attempted to forcibly enter their apartment.

According to the students, the man had … Read More

Position Created to Oversee Police

December 4, 2008 |

By Landon James

UMW officials are considering three finalists for a new administrative position that will oversee the university police department and coordinate security on the Fredericksburg and Stafford campuses, as well as the Dalhgren property. They anticipate offering the … Read More