Volume 95, Issue 28

Tuesday, October 23, 2001
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Two Fanshawe students attacked

The world at war

Long wait for beer money... err... OSAP

Call psychic Bob: Western plans future

Tainted water study sickens Walkertonian

Harris leaving; lefties still pissed

More Western Anthrax scares

More Western Anthrax scares

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

A Western student who believed he may have been exposed to anthrax was among three reports of suspicious substances on campus last week.

Last Thursday, a student who came in contact with an unknown white powder while at a computer terminal in the D.B. Weldon library promptly notified an official at Student Health Services and asked to be tested for anthrax exposure.

Members of Western's Occupational Health and Safety department analyzed the powder and found it to be concrete dust.

The student was not tested for anthrax exposure.

"It is important to note, however, that the case was viewed as serious enough to be investigated," said Insp. Bob Earle of the University Police Department.

Another incident on Thursday included a suspicious substance found in the Engineering Science Building, which was deemed to be of no harm.

Friday, at Thompson Arena, a broken plastic capsule filled with white powder was discovered. Police tested the capsule and found it contained a pharmaceutical drug.

Western officials are now asking anyone who encounters a suspicious package to phone 911 for further assistance.

In other campus news, a female Western student was sent to hospital, after being struck by a car near the University Drive bridge.

She was treated for only minor injuries and no charges will be laid in connection with the accident.

Investigations into the summer incidents of naked men being seen masturbating on campus have been handed over from the UPD to the Criminal Investigations unit of the London Police.

UPD is hopeful last month's two sightings near TD Waterhouse Stadium will be the last.

"Luckily, there haven't been any other reports for awhile," Earle said.

LPD are now searching for an additional fifth suspect in connection to last weekend's kidnapping of a Waterloo man. Ibrahim Aidaruse, 21, is wanted for conspiracy to commit an indictable offense.

Three men have already been arrested, while a fourth, Mohamed Omar, 21, is still on the loose. A total of 40 charges have been issued in the case.

Last Monday night, LPD won another war on drugs when they seized $731,000 worth of marijuana weighing in at 107 pounds. Brent Winegarden, 26, was charged with unlawfully producing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for trafficking.

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