Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Western support staff may strike

CHRW forgoes hygiene for cash

Brutal tales from Kunduz

Western must cover Games debt

Another tuition increase at Western?

Profs, store owners differ on economy

Western and Fanshawe get together

Vandalism and rolling stops

News Briefs

Vandalism and rolling stops

By Kristina Lundblad
Gazette Staff

A bank robbery, damage to parked cars and a Western student who does not understand the meaning of "stop" amounts to last week's dosage of crime in London.

Const. Paul Martin of the London Police Department said the downtown area was relatively quiet this weekend.

However, there was a robbery downtown at Richmond and York streets Saturday night. An adult male was cornered into an alley and confronted by a group who took his backpack and a small amount of cash. A male and female were later arrested for the robbery and the 27-year-old female was charged.

Yesterday, at approximately 2:50 p.m., there was a robbery at the National Bank at 465 Richmond St.. Police are looking for a white male in his 30s, 5'6", 140-160 pounds with a mustache, who was seen wearing a black baseball cap with a 'smiley' face on it and a black jacket.

The investigation into the man who stabbed and sexually assaulted a 33-year-old London woman last month has been handed over to an Ontario Provincial Police task force. It is believed the crime may be linked to the slaying of a 19-year-old woman in Trenton, Ontario last June, Martin said.

University Police Department Const. Wendy McGowan said there were several incidents of damage to parked cars this past week.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, a car in the Springett parking lot had its rear window broken out. On Nov. 24, a car was broken into at the Essex Hall parking meters and, on Nov. 26, there was a hit-and-run in the Springett lot where the person responsible for the damage did not make any effort to report it, McGowan said.

UPD officers regularly patrol parking lots on campus, McGowan said. If they see damage to cars, officers leave notes advising the victims to report the incident to the police centre on Brydges Street, she said.

On Nov. 21, the lights in the tunnel between Wellington and Elgin drives were smashed. UPD closed-off the tunnel for safety reasons until the lights were repaired.

In campus traffic news, a Gazette reporter was pulled over at 10:14 p.m. Sunday night for "rolling" through three stop signs and was further put on notice for not having her registration or insurance in the car with her at the time. She received a $50 ticket from UPD and is very sorry.

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