Volume 92, Issue 90

Thursday, March 18, 1999


NEWS

Student fee increases passed

USC communications officer calls it quits

Fee may be cut for legal services

London police close in on T.J. Baxter's bomber

Charges laid in latest London stabbing

Parental care receives financial boost

Quickies

Caught on campus

London police close in on T.J. Baxter's bomber

By Sabrina Carinci
Gazette Staff

Almost a year after the big bang, London police believe they are closer to finding the individuals responsible for an explosion at T.J. Baxter's Tap & Grill last spring.

The April 11 explosion, which occurred in the men's washroom, caused approximately $500,000 in damages to the bar, said manager Trevor Hinds. "The damages were estimated a lot higher." He added the only noticeable difference to the restaurant the new paint job.

Det. Sgt. William Caldwell, investigating officer with the London police, said although the case is still under investigation, he is confident he knows who committed the crime and why. "I'm satisfied I know who is responsible. We are very close to solving it."

Although he could not release any more information, Caldwell explained police only get one chance to convict criminals and so officers must make certain there is sufficient evidence in order for a guilty verdict. At this time police do not have enough evidence.

"I just think they need more hard evidence," Hinds said. "There weren't a lot of fingerprints or that kind of evidence because of the explosion," he said.

With respect to the timing of the events, Caldwell said the year long investigation is not strange. "There were 170 people on the premises at the time. In an investigation of this kind, there are hundreds of leads." Some cases, Caldwell added, are solved even 20 years after they occur.

Caldwell said at the beginning of the investigation, there were 15 forensic experts and a six-officer team who were responsible for looking into leads and investigating them. Throughout the case, over 700 tips have been examined.

"I'm actually surprised they found suspects this fast," Hinds said. He added the incident is hardly ever spoken of any more.

Anne Marie DeCicco, London's deputy mayor and member of the police services board, said she is extremely pleased with the efficient work of the police, especially considering the number of witnesses at the scene of the crime.

"Timing is never an issue. These things are very complicated and I think the police are doing their very best to be thorough."


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