Thief steals tent for mojo
By Laura Katsirdakis
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
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.”