Volume 92, Issue 34

Wednesday, November 4, 1998

millions of bad feelings


Police Blotter

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

The week leading up to Devil's Night wasn't very devilish for the University Police Department and instead was fairly routine.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on the morning of Oct. 27, the Student Emergency Response Team was activated to the Middlesex College bell tower where there appeared to be a fire. "Steam from the mechanical room was escaping from a valve," said Const. Wendy McGowan of the UPD. She added there only appeared to be a fire and no one was hurt.

Later that afternoon, at approximately 4 p.m., the fire department, the UPD and a local electrician investigated the law school, where someone had pulled the fire alarm outside one of the classrooms.

McGowan said pulling fire alarms is an indictable offence under the criminal code and, if caught, the suspect may face imprisonment for up to two years.

Wednesday morning, at approximately 9:30 a.m., a report came into the station of a woman, living off campus, who was receiving harassing emails. The incident, however, was not the first which had occurred to this individual.

Later that day, at 3:30 p.m., the UPD was asked to assist the London Health Sciences Centre staff in finding a female patient, who was reported missing from her room.

"A husband noticed his wife was missing – because of the medical circumstances, he was worried," McGowan said, adding the patient was later located within the building.

Friday afternoon, at approximately 2 p.m., a $50 counterfeit bill was reported by the University Students' Council. Unfortunately, it is unknown where the bill was received, except that it was collected from one of the USC retail operations.

Although this practice has not been very common at Western, McGowan noted it is important to establish a physical description of any person who is suspected of passing a counterfeit bill.

Early Halloween morning, shortly after 2 a.m., a student living at Saugeen-Maitland Hall heard a commotion outdoors, followed by a male bragging about how he damaged a car in the parking lot by kicking in the tail lights.

Shortly after, the three male suspects, two of which had been asked to leave the building, were seen leaving in a red Pontiac Sunfire. Anyone with information about the incident is being asked to contact the UPD, McGowan said.

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