Volume 95, Issue 54

Tuesday, January 9, 2002
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By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Western finished 2001 in quiet fashion, but the broader London community rang in the new year with a rash of dangerous crimes.

According to the London Police Department, London's first shooting since July, 2001 took place on Jan. 3 when a 21-year-old male was assaulted and shot once with a low calibre gun by three males while walking through the parking lot of 80 Oakville Ave..

"He did not indicate that he heard a shot or felt anything until he saw the blood on his leg," said Const. Ryan Holland.

Charges in the case have yet to be laid.

Meanwhile, LPD is continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred at an Egerton Street residence early Monday morning. A 29-year-old male member of the Jackals, a puppet club of the Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club, was shot in the abdomen and taken to hospital, Holland said.

Thomas Hughes, 45, of Egerton Street and a member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, has been charged with four accounts of attempted murder.

"[The] shooting is directly related to outlaw motorcycle gangs within the city of London and in the police view, the power struggle between the Hells Angels and other outlaw motorcycle gangs," Holland said in a statement released yesterday.

Also yesterday, LPD arrived at an apartment on King Edward Avenue and found a 19-year-old deceased male in the unit. The cause of death is not yet known and the incident is being treated as suspicious. Three people have been taken into custody.

In other news...

Western staff accept offer

Members of the University of Western Ontario Staff Association voted to accept a new collective agreement on Dec. 10.

Approximately 90 per cent of association members turned out to vote for the agreement, which received two-thirds approval, said Sue Desmond, UWOSA president. She said the three-year contract is in effect until June 30, 2004.

France loves guys named "Davenport"

Alan Davenport, professor emeritus of civil engineering and founding director of the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, became Western's second Davenport to be honored by France.

Davenport was awarded the Caquot Medal for 2001 on Dec. 10 at a presentation ceremony by the Association Francaise de Genie Civil in Paris.

This past summer, Western president Paul Davenport was knighted by France.

Student passes away

On Jan. 7, the flag atop University College was flown at half mast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. in memory of Allison Neck, a Faculty of Music graduate student who died on Dec. 13 in Peterborough following a battle with cancer.

New flight to Winnipeg

Canada's low-cost carrier, WestJet Airlines, announced on Dec. 19 it will fly non-stop between London and Winnipeg starting Feb. 7.

"Having WestJet at the London International Airport offers a world of opportunity for Londoners and especially for our students and faculty in aviation," said Ted Hewitt, executive director of Western's commercial aviation management program.

Campus criminals keep quiet

Const. Wendy McGowan of University Police Department said the holidays were quiet on-campus, with no major occurrences other than the theft of two overhead data projectors from Somerville House.

"There has been a rash of these thefts, so if anyone sees anyone suspicious, even in the early evening, they need to immediately report them to the campus police," she said.

McGowan said two car windows were smashed in separate incidents – one at Windermere Manor on Dec. 23 and one at Beaver Hall on Dec. 24.

Additionally, McGowan said a new mattress was stolen out of the Bayfield Hall lobby on Jan. 3 when it was left unattended. Anyone with information regarding any of the above incidents is asked to contact UPD.

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