Volume 95, Issue 18

Tuesday, October 2, 2001
 
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NEWS

Engineers, UWO in boozefest battle

Students politicos clamour for BOG seats

Jackpot! $200 mil. raised

Brown: "Waterloo still sucks"

Expert: Microsoft's guilt unclear

University means money

Hate crimes and drunks keep coppers busy

News Briefs

Hate crimes and drunks keep coppers busy

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff


London Police raided a Southwest London apartment and seized hate material after a local man allegedly made death threats to members of the Jewish and Muslim community.

James Scott Richardson, 27, of 390 Southdale Rd. East, was charged with two counts of uttering death threats and one count of counselling members of the Canadian Ethnic Cleansing Team on how to commit murder, according to Constable Ryan Holland.

In the raid police seized written literature and various paraphernalia related to white supremacist activity, including a Nazi flag, stickers with various white supremacist slogans and a "skin head" jacket.

"There were some links [of the threats] to the events of Sept. 11, but we can't release the nature of those due to our ongoing investigation," Holland said.

According to Holland the investigation began in August and police will continue to work to establish the nature of the organization Richardson belongs to and the scope of materials seized.

"We expect more evidence to surface, but whether there are anymore charges or arrests depends on where the investigation takes us," Holland said.

In other crime news, the fifth London homicide of the year occurred last Monday when St. Thomas native Dale Smith was stabbed at a house in east London and later died in hospital.

Vaughn Baker, 46, of Parkhust Avenue was charged with one count of second-degree murder.

As for this past weekend's Homecoming, Holland said police were quite pleased with the results of their extra precautions for the celebration.

Two criminal arrests were made and three unspecified criminal charges were laid in relation to Homecoming activities. In addition, there were 19 noise complaints and 93 provincial tickets for various infractions over the weekend.

On campus, one person had to be taken to University Hospital from the parking lot outside TD Waterhouse Stadium on Saturday due to alcohol poisoning, said University Police Department Const. Wendy McGowan. At the football game, two people were kicked out of the stadium after separate disturbances.

Otherwise, UPD is most concerned by the high number of bike and laptop thefts that have taken place over the past month. "Theft seemed to dominate the occurrences this week," McGowan said.

Laptops were stolen on Sept. 26 and 28 in two separate incidents at unspecified campus locations last week and two bikes also were stolen.

McGowan said police are investigating the possibility of any connections between the offenses.

Vandalism of vehicles in the parking lots adjacent to Bayfield Hall and Lambton Hall over the past two weeks have also been the subject of ongoing police investigations.


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