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Thief steals tent for mojo

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

Ah, Halloween. The time when ghouls, goblins and drunken students with vandalism on their minds all run loose.

Halloween began early for police, said Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police Service. On Oct. 30 at 11 p.m., youths near Medway-Sydenham Hall found amusement by launching eggs at each other and at passing cars, Austen said.

At 2 a.m. during “devil’s night,” about a dozen people were caught trying to paint the Cronyn observatory dome orange and black, fashioning it to look like a jack-o-lantern, Austen said. The students have been charged under the Code of Student Conduct and will have to pay any clean-up charges that may be incurred. The rain, however, took care of their choice of water-based paint (psst... that means you’re off the hook!).

There were also several calls to the Student Emergency Response Team regarding excessive alcohol consumption. When? On the weekend? Nah...

Drunken vandals are quickly becoming the bane of the groundskeepers’ collective existence, as they persistently “attack garbage containers,” Austen said. The frequency of the knocked-over garbage cans is becoming quite problematic, he noted.

In city-wide news, there was a serious explosion at the Clean Harbours Canada, Inc. factory on River Rd. last Wednesday night, said Const. Paul Martin, spokesperson for the London Police Department. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation and the Ministry of Environment and hazardous materials handlers have been called to the scene.

A local scam artist was arrested last week, after reports of someone canvassing the neighbourhood asking to use residents’ washrooms and robbing the house while the residents waited outside. The thief took off with “an oxygen tent which he believed gave him sexual powers.”



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