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The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 13, 2000 - 3

RIME
Parking meter
stolen from
Baits Housing
A parking meter was stolen from
the Baits Housing parking lot early
Tuesday morning, Department of Pub-
lic Safety reports state.
When DPS arrived at the scene,
officers found drag marks that led to
the meter in a nearby wooded area.
The meter was still intact and no
money was missing. It was later
turned over to Parking Services.
DPS did not report having any sus-
cts in the incident.
oman chokes
on vitamin
A female resident of South Quad-
rangle Residence Hall choked on a
vitamin late Monday night, DPS
reports state.
An ambulance was declined when
the vitamin was dislodged.
%uspect identified
in chair theft
A chair was stolen from the com-
puting site in East Quadrangle Resi-
dence Hall early Tuesday morning,
DPS reports state.
A suspect was identified in the inci-
dent, and the chair is being held as
evidence.
42,000 charged
to stolen Visa
A Visa credit card and $8 in cash
were stolen from an unattended wallet
Monday afternoon in the Art and
Architecture Building, DPS reports
state.
The victim later found that $2,000
in unauthorized charges had been
*arged on her credit card.
DPS did not report having any sus-
pects in the incident.
Fletcher Street
visitor booth hit
A van hit the visitor booth of the
Fletcher Street Carport early Tuesday
afternoon, DPS reports state.
The booth, located on level 4 of the
&rage, sustained damage to the rear
~ndows.
The driver of the van remained at
the scene.
Trash can catches
fire near snack bar
A trash can near the snackbar in the
basement of the Legal Research
Building, located on Monroe Street,
*ught fire late Tuesday night, DPS
reports state.
The fire was extinguished by a Uni-
versity student who was the first to see
the can smoldering.
Police question
hot dog vendor
An unlicensed hot dog vendor was
found near the steps of the Michigan
Union early Wednesday morning,
?WS reports state.
When officers investigated the ven-
dor they found that he did have a per-
mit but it was attached to the wrong
cart.

The vendor later retrieved the cor-
rect permit.
Resident rebukes
teacher, children
*A teacher, watching children
play at the playground of the Uni-
versity Reformed Church on
Huron Street, was yelled at early
Wednesday morning by a neighbor
who thought the children were
making too much noise, DPS
reports state.
Reports state that DPS fielded
this call in error. It is an ongoing
problem which is being handled by
e Ann Arbor Police Department.
- Compiled by Daily Staff Reporter
Caitlin Nish.

Legislator calls for stricter keg regulations

By Hanna LoPatin
Daily Staff Reporter
State legislation may soon require liquor
stores to obtain more information from cus-
tomers when they purchase a keg of beer, in
an attempt to reduce underage drinking by the
state House.
A customer's name, address, telephone
number and driver's license number would all
be required according to the bill, which was
introduced by Rep. Sandy Caul (R-Mt. Pleas-
ant) yesterday.
The information would be used to make two
identification tags: One that would remain on
the keg and one with the retailer.

Customers would also have to make known
where the party is being held and where the
keg will be stored if its entirety is not con-
sumed.
Campus Corner owner Gus Batwo said his
store already keeps records of people who buy
kegs, but it does not follow the exact proce-
dure the bill proposes.
"For one reason, we keep the record if
something happens in the future, we make
sure who sold the keg," he said.
"Lots of people steal the keg or the tap,"
Batwo said.
In-N-Out owner Jimmy Elia said his store
does not require anything besides valid identi-
fication. Most people are in a rush to have a

party, he said.
"It's a waste of time and paperwork right
now," Elia said.
For large purchases, however, In-N-Out
does require a form to be filled out.
While Elia said he doesn't think the bill
could necessarily curb underage drinking, it
will provide protection for liquor store own-
ers.
"It will be better to protect us store owners
from getting in any kind of trouble," he said.
"I believe that will work out."
Mike Cofojohn, a night manager at Keg 534
in Ypsilanti, said although the store requires
some information to keep track of kegs, the
bill would be "ridiculous."

"Why is it any of our business?" he asked.
"As long as you're 21, you can do whatever
you want to do with it - as long as you don't
go driving afterwards."
Caul, who also serves as chair of the House
Higher Education budget subcommittee, said
working with college issues inspired her to
draft the bill.
"A number of parents told me that their
greatest concern about sending their kids off
to college was the drinking," she said.
Caul said that the bill will cause keg pur-
chasers to be responsible for letting people
under 21 into their parties.
-The Associated Press contributed to this
report.

Life is but a dream

MSU opens nonpartisan
education research center

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By Robert Gold
Daily Staff Reporter
Michigan State University opened the doors to a new
research institute yesterday that will release monthly
nonpartisan reports about key educational issues.
The Education Policy Center, located in Michigan
State's College of Education, will compile prior
research for Michigan lawmakers, said David Plank,
the center's director.
Plank said the program will allow legislators to gath-
er information from a non-biased source. "It's an
opportunity for us to contribute to the education of K-
12," he said.
The university's office of the president has allocated
$500,000 a year to the center, which was approved by
the Michigan State Board of Trustees last spring.
Plank said this year the center will primarily focus
on the accountability and assessment in the K-12
school system.
Some examples include examining testing policies
and the "role of school boards in educational gover-
nance."
In addition to gathering research from various
sources, including faculty at Michigan State, the pro-
gram will also sponsor its own smaller projects, Plank
said.
Current studies include evaluations of early literacy
assessments, and the "preparation of leaders in Michi-
gan schools," he said.
Plank added that the center will most likely address
higher education issues in the future.
The center wilt act as a facilitator for the school's

"In the past, we have not had
a vehicle for putting
(researchers) in touch with
the policy makers."
- David Plank
Michigan State University Education Policy Center
director
researchers.
"In the past, we have not had a vehicle for putting
them in touch with the policy makers," Plank said.
The school currently holds monthly forums for state
legislators on educational issues in Lansing.
State Rep. John Hansen (D- Dexter) said he regularly
attends the educational discussions.
"Things in Lansing are very, very partisan," Hansen
said. But Michigan State has "carved their niche out
there for being nonpartisan."
Hansen said the center will be a benefit for lawmak-
ers because most do not have a background in educa-
tion.
Carole Amers, dean of the Michigan State College of
Education, agreed that the center will play a vital role
in providing information.
"I believe educational policy is a national issue. It's
dominant in the debates," Ames said. "It's a top state
issue."

Tom Riggs paddles his kayak toward the Loomis Street boat ramps in
Ludington, Michigan.
Warrenoicer
shtinsidestation

WARREN (AP)-- A Warren police
detective described as a "classic cop"
was fatally shot inside the police sta-
tion after a struggle with a drug sus-
pect who police say then shot himself.
Christopher Wouters, a 19-year vet-
eran of the force, was shot in the neck
about 6 p.m. Wednesday by Ljeka Jun-
caj, a 29-year-old Sterling Heights
man who had just been arrested with
400 pills of the drug ecstasy, Warren
police Chief James Vohs said Thurs-
day.
Juncaj then shot himself in the head
with the 9 mm handgun he had pulled
from the front of his pants, Vohs said,
citing witness statements.
Breaking into tears, the chief
described Wouters as a friend and the
kind of officer everyone counted on.
"Chris exceeded the standards of his
profession," Vohs said. "I will miss
him deeply."
Wouters also had just finished first
on the sergeant's test, and the depart-
ment planned to honor him with that
title.
"A part of us died last night," said
Sgt. Kevin Sommers, a longtime
friend and colleague who had played
Little League baseball with Wouters.
"You couldn't ask for a better guy, a
better friend, a better officer....
"Chris was the best of the finest. He
was a classic cop."
The men were shot in the booking
area of the jail - where officers do
not carry weapons for safety reasons,
Vohs said. Wouters had gone to the
area to question Juncaj after the man's
arrest by an undercover drug unit that
included Wouters.
While a uniformed officer took Jun-
caj's information, the man pulled a gun
from his pants, and a struggle between

Juncaj and the two officers ensued,
Vohs said. Juncaj then pointed the gun
at Wouters and shot him, Vohs said
witnesses told police. He pointed the
gun at another officer before shooting
himself, Vohs said. There were two
other prisoners in the room.
There is a surveillance camera in
the booking area that caught part of
the struggle - including footage of
Juncaj pulling a gun from his pants
- but the area is large and the cam-
era didn't capture the actual shoot-
ing, Vohs said.
The shootings are under investiga-
tion. Juncaj apparently had been coop-
erative and didn't say anything before
shooting Wouters and himself, Vohs
said.
Juncaj was arrested in 1993 for car-
rying a concealed weapon. The charge
was dismissed. He also was charged in
1997 with fraudulent activities, for
which he received 36 months proba-
tion after pleading guilty to false pre-
tenses.
Wouters died about 7 p.m. Wednes-
day at St. John Macomb Hospital. Jun-
caj died later that night, hospital
spokeswoman Rebecca O'Grady said.
Sommers - who had been
Wouters' partner early in their careers
- was on' duty Wednesday evening
and was among those who responded
to the shooting to find both men
already shot, with a custodian and an
officer administering CPR.
It wasn't immediately clear how
Juncaj was able to get a gun into the
booking area. Vohs said that was
under investigation.
Sommers said as a rule, a suspect
will be patted down once at the time of
arrest, and usually again at some point
after that.

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