Volume 93, Issue 17

Tuesday, September 28, 1999


Fanshawe to get King's access

Student to complain about access to class

Budget on meeting agenda

Association forms alumni chapter

Theft and fires occupy campus police

Laurier foot patrol will double you home


Liberal types head back to university

Alcohol education 101

Medical history to get $2 million donation

Caught on Campus


Theft and fires occupy campus police

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

It was an average week for criminal activity on campus with 113 occurrences reported by the University Police Department, said Const. Wendy McGowan.

Several thefts were reported, including a bike from Middlesex College and a purse from Saugeen-Maitland Hall, she said. The purse was left unattended in an unlocked room in the residence for only 10 minutes.

McGowan added no further information was released on the female suspect arrested and charged last week with the thefts in the University Community Centre women's locker room.

"There is still work being done," she said. "We're keeping up the [warning] signs in case there's someone else involved."

The UPD also stumbled upon two individuals passed out due to alcohol on separate occasions this week, McGowan said. She reported one individual was found on Western Road and was sent downtown to the detoxification unit. The other was awakened and returned to residence. McGowan added no tickets were issued. "In cases like this, unless they're aggressive, we either send them to detox or back home."

The military tank on campus saw a bit of action, as the UPD reported individuals were harassing the tank and personnel, as well as chalking the ground around the tank.

Other incidents involving the Concrete Beach included complaints over skateboarding. "Signs are posted due to the high volume of traffic in the area," McGowan said. "The concerns are for safety."

The Western grounds crew and the UPD were a little baffled when they found park benches placed on top of both the bus shelter and the telephone booth on Oxford Drive, McGowan said. "We're not sure who was responsible," she added.

There was a report of marijuana being found on the floor outside a room in the UCC at 9 a.m. on Sept. 23, McGowan said. "At this point the drugs will be sent for destruction."

More brush fires were reported this week, with the London Fire Department being called to blazes reported behind Brescia College.

"We're keeping our eye on the fires," she said. "With the dryness there is always potential for serious damage."

McGowan said other minor incidents reported this week included traffic tickets for no insurance, a licence plate validation and liquor tickets.

With Homecoming approaching, McGowan said there will be a greater police presence on campus. "We will have more staff, as well as the London Police," she said. "We work together in a co-operative manner to ensure the safety of the public."

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