Volume 93, Issue 86

Tuesday, March 14, 2000


Grad students pass on bus

Arbitrator called to end Cape Breton strike

Students spooked by knife-wielding stranger

SuperBuild project starts soon

Pope makes history with apology for sins

No crime too small for the UPD



Caught on campus

No crime too small for the UPD

By Nina Chiarelli
Gazette Staff

"It was a slow week," said Insp. Bob Earle of the University Police Department.

The week was distinguished by only a few small complaints, including a call on March 7 from the University Community Centre gym where a young man sprained his ankle playing basketball. Earle confirmed both an ambulance and the Student Emergency Response Team responded to the call, however the man managed to walk to Western's Fowler/Kennedy Sport Medicine Clinic for treatment.

Bayfield Hall looked like a scene from a monster truck rally on March 8, when the UPD responded to a residence call stating a motor vehicle was seen driving on the lawn. "About 75 feet of sod was turned up," Earle said of the damage. A high school student was charged with mischief. "He was not an impaired driver, just an irresponsible driver," Earle added.

On the same day, Earle said police were called to the basement of the Medical Sciences building to investigate a sighting of three youths attempting to break into lockers. Upon arrival, officers could find no one in the vicinity, Earle said. "I would caution the community that there are people of that type on campus."

In the early evening of March 8, the UPD received a report that paint balls were being fired in Beaver Hall. Although a vehicle was hit, no suspects were found and no serious damage occurred.

The following day, Earle said a caretaker in the UCC reported finding a concrete bench, which had been tossed down an outside stairwell, between The BookStore and the tunnel to the library. Earle said the bench caused a surprisingly small amount of damage, totalling $100.

Also on March 9, the UPD played the role of knight in shining armour when they came to the rescue of a woman who had fallen down a set of stairs at the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Although an ambulance was called, no treatment was needed. "I think she was a little worse for the wear, but she walked home," Earle said.

Police are also urging anyone with information involving an incident at Delaware Hall to come forward. Earle said the UPD responded when a member of the cafeteria staff called police to report a male seen loading numerous plastic bottles of water into a bag. When approached by cafeteria staff, Earle said the thief dropped the water and ran.

"We would like to speak to this individual," Earle said. He added police believe the assailant could be a Delaware Hall resident. He is described as five-foot-four with a medium build. The individual was seen fleeing in a fleece top and a black cap.

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