Volume 93, Issue 24

Wednesday, October 13, 1999


Administration reinstates suspended engineers

Reversal of eviction averts Saugeen protest

USC VP removed from office

TV host bashed

Enrollment at top of COU agenda

Raver's death doesn't spook London scene

Crime doesn't take a holiday


Caught on Campus

Crime doesn't take a holiday

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

The University Police Department has been fielding complaints made all week from both construction workers and the public, as work on the new stadium has commenced south of the Huron Flats.

According to Const. Wendy McGowan of the University Police Department, pedestrian access to the bicycle path connecting the Huron Flats to Western Road has been restricted and police are warning the public not to ignore barricades preventing access to this path.

"For safety reasons, the construction company has secured the area," McGowan said. "We'd like to direct people to use Western Road during the construction."

This week also saw a rash of false fire alarms at Elgin Hall, McGowan said. There was a phoney fire alarm reported at 4 a.m. on Oct. 7, and again at 7:59 a.m.. "A torch activated the second alarm in a sprinkler room. There was some construction going on," McGowan explained. "The students didn't get much sleep that night."

The third fire alarm incident at Elgin Hall occurred on Oct. 8 and was the result of a fire extinguisher being discharged in a fourth floor hallway. "Our alarm systems are very sensitive," McGowan said.

The UPD also answered a call regarding a vehicle stolen from the Medway parking lot on Oct. 7. McGowan explained the vehicle in question is a 1995 silver Pontiac TransAm. She added the automobile has not yet been recovered and the information has been forwarded to the London Police, in hopes the vehicle will turn up off-campus.

"It's important to check on your vehicle on occasion, to make sure it's secure. It's useful to do so on a regular basis, not once every two weeks," McGowan said, adding the vehicle was stolen some time between 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6 and 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.

The report of a strange person wandering into classes at Middlesex College, also drew police attention early last week. "The person, who was not associated with Western or the lecture, wandered into a lecture and threw something," she said. McGowan added the individual was issued a trespassing notice.

With over 100 requests for assistance last week, the UPD responded to numerous reports of theft, including a jacket stolen from Middlesex College during a class. "The student put the jacket on the floor in front of him during his class and it went missing," McGowan said.

Even though many students had already gone home, the UPD also responded to a call on Friday evening in the tunnel between the University Community Centre and the Social Sciences Building. The UPD arrived to find a large fight in progress between two groups of men. "The crowd was broken up immediately," she said.

Finally, the UPD charged three students on Oct. 6 with drug related offences. The police responded to a complaint from one of the residences, and as a result the UPD charged two students with possession of an unlawful substance and the third student with drug trafficking.

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