Volume 96, Issue 58
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

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The Usual Suspects: Fire pranks and male aggression

By Chris Webden
Gazette Staff

With the holiday season over, Western's otherwise peaceful campus was flooded with its usual mix of students and petty thieves.

Constable Bob Earle, manager of the University Police Department, said the first week back to school brought the expected occurrences of drunken incidents and petty crimes, but, thankfully, the new year began without any extraordinary events.

Two backpacks were reported stolen last week, both taken from the bag-drop area in front of the Bookstore in the University Community Centre. Earle stressed that students should be sure to leave backpacks with someone they trust, or look for a locker to store them in.

Yet another laptop was stolen last week. The computer was reported stolen at approximately 9 a.m., on Jan. 9, and appeared to have been taken sometime the previous evening.

A rash of false alarms broke out last Thursday and Friday.

The first incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Delaware Hall residence.

"It appears to have been a malicious false alarm," Earle said, noting the evacuation of the building occurred when someone triggered a pull station on the ground floor of the residence.

Another fire drill was inadvertently tested on Jan. 9 at 8:47 p.m.. Residents of Essex Hall were forced out into the night when a prankster chose to discharge a fire extinguisher on the fourth floor of the building.

The final fire alarm incident occurred at Lambton Hall on Jan. 10. Smoke cause the alarm to sound, as two guests waited for their meal to get a little crispier then they would have liked.

On Jan. 11 at 2:30 a.m., UPD officers were called to Oxford Drive to help an Aboutown taxi driver, who was being harrassed by two males. After exiting the cab, the males proceeded to kick in the front signal light, as well as the passenger door panel.

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