Volume 93, Issue 35

Tuesday, November 2, 1999


New study aims to put doctors online

Journals to boost subscriptions

Guelph U's land plans anger students

Sculpture to be displayed on hill

2001 Census to include questions on sexuality

Theft and crank call-filled week


Buzz Mecca

Theft and crank call-filled week

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

Crank calls highlighted an otherwise slow week of crime at Western, said Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department.

According to McGowan, two Western staff and faculty members made complaints to the UPD after receiving threatening phone calls from students. "We'll utilize phone options that will permit us to locate the individuals making the phone calls," she said.

Police were also called to the Pit Stop Variety Store, in the basement of the University Community Centre, to control a woman who was causing difficulties in the store. McGowan said the woman may be the same individual who has been reported harassing UCC users in the past.

An electronic weigh scale was reported missing from the kinesiology department in Somerville House. The black Mettler scale is completely portable and very valuable, McGowan said.

She added various thefts occurred on campus last week. A wallet was stolen from a cafeteria table in the Nucleus Café at the Natural Science Centre, as well as a secured bike from the South side of Talbot College. "We encourage a strong, good quality U-lock," McGowan said.

On Saturday night, a student was charged with destruction of property for smashing a display case. The individual had been ejected from the Wave and was reported to the UPD by event staff. "The male suspect was apprehended and arrested," McGowan said, adding the student will be punished under Western's student disciplinary code.

During Devil's Night and Halloween, McGowan said the UPD received 43 calls. A confrontation was reported on the balcony of the UCC, but McGowan said when officers arrived the fight had broken up and the guilty parties were escorted out.

J.W. Little Memorial Stadium saw minimal damage during the weekend as a wooden ticket booth was vandalized when someone kicked in the side of it.

Finally, in the early hours of Oct. 30, McGowan said a male was reported to be exposing himself to people on the path which runs along the river near University Drive. She said the suspect was nowhere to be seen when police arrived.

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