Volume 94, Issue 64

Wednesday, January 17, 2001


Threat of gun violence rocks King's

Quebec attacks brain drain - New tax cuts target high-tech profs

USC motion could change VP voting

Smart cards on hold - Privacy issue raises questions

RRU gets a military discharge - BC university goes from military to civilian


Planet Me


Second suspect charged in year's first murder

A second man has been taken into custody and charged in connection with London's first murder of 2001.

According to Const. Ryan Holland of the London Police, Randy LaPlante, 35, was located in Windsor and with the assistance of the Windsor Police Service was arrested Monday and charged with second degree murder. LaPlante was transported back to London early yesterday morning and remains in custody.

Police have also confirmed the identity of the deceased as 49-year-old, Alex Gallant. The victim was discovered suffering from numerous stab wounds, early Sunday morning, in his room at the Richmond Hotel. Gallant had been a resident of the hotel for four years, Holland said.

Christopher Jacques, 28, of Richmond Street, was taken into custody shortly after the discovery of Gallant's body and charged Monday with second degree murder in connection with Gallant's death. He too remains in police custody.

Gallant's next of kin have yet to be located and the London Police are appealing to the public for assistance. Holland said anyone with information on Gallant can contact the London Police at 661-5674.

–Aaron Wherry

Ford to fuel Western race team with cash

A group of Western engineers building a Formula 1-style race car should have an extra $2,000 US to work with next week, thanks to an expected donation from Ford Motor Company.

Kourosh Hakimzadeh, a fourth-year political science student who does public relations and fundraising for the group of 30 to 40 Western engineers, said Ford will formally present a cheque on campus next Tuesday.

According to Hakimzadeh, the group is currently working on their car in preparation for an annual competition to be held in May in Pontiac, Michigan, sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

–Mike Murphy

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