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Jacqueline Roper

National college crime survey shows increase

Crime on college campuses nationwide is on the rise, according to a U.S. Department of Education survey released Friday, but crime at the University has declined slightly - by 13.1 percent - from 1999-2000. Sex offenses across the country rose 6 percent between 1998 and 1999, arrests for violations of liquor laws rose 0.4 percent and arrests for violations of drug laws rose 5.8 percent.

University drug crackdown yields 13 arrests

Three current and six former University students were indicted on state and federal possession and distribution charges in the largest drug investigation ever at the University, officials announced yesterday. Four other non-University students also were indicted, and police still are seeking three suspects. All 13 arrested have been released on bond. The investigation, which began in the fall of 1999, was headed by the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force.

Student has surgery after window fall

After undergoing surgery, the male student who fell out of a window in Lefevre House on Saturday is nearing stable condition at University Hospital, a spokeswoman for the University said. The student, whose name is not being released, was sitting on a windowsill on the south end of the building around 8 p.m.

Smith takes stand in first day of trial

Former University student Richard W. Smith took the stand in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville yesterday to make his case that the University Judiciary Committee is not properly trained or supervised by University administrators. Smith is seeking $1.25 million in damages resulting from a two-year suspension for his role in the Nov.

Use of DNA alters face of trials

(This is the first in a two-part daily series on the use of DNA evidence in criminal investigations.) The emergence of DNA evidence as an integral component in rape cases has revolutionized the justice system. DNA evidence has changed both the way police conduct investigations and how prosecutors and defense attorneys interpret and use evidence in a trial against an alleged offender, police say. University Police Detective Kim Pugh describes DNA technology as "the greatest advancement in law enforcement since fingerprinting." Detectives can use DNA to genetically match evidence collected at crime scenes with suspects, changing the face of law enforcement. &nbsp DNA Evidence Part One: Use of DNA alters face of trials Part Two: DNA evidence seals convictions in recent crimes The increased use of DNA profiling has changed the way regular street cops, who usually arrive first on the scene, handle evidence, because every item a suspect may have come in contact with has become even more important.

Police apprehend suspected sex offender

Cooperative efforts between the University, Charlottesville and Albemarle County police departments brought about the arrest of Shannon Leo Malnowksi, charged with raping two local women and attacking a University student. Police charged Malnowski, a 26-year-old Charlottesville resident, with two counts of rape and forcible sodomy stemming from a July 28 rape at a local high school track, a July 4, 1997 rape on Culbreth Road and a November 30, 1996 attack on Cemetery Drive.

Dorm segregation concerns officials

First years soon may be unable to choose between Old and New Dorms if University officials initiate a proposal to increase diversity in some first-year residence halls. Housing officials and deans are looking for ways to decrease the disparity between white and non-white students in first-year housing.

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