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Umbrella wieldin', road ragin' old men

By Laura Katsirdakis
Gazette Staff

This just in: criminals are getting dumber.

On Oct. 16, security officers caught some students red-handed, attempting to steal some banners from the Richard Ivey School of Business, said Elgin Austen, spokesperson for the Campus Community Police Service. The banners were recovered and the students were charged under the Code of Student Conduct.

Speedy Gonzalez beware: the CCPS will be showing no mercy to drivers caught speeding on campus. There will be a large, threatening electronic sign on campus showing drivers their speed, Austen said, to make them aware of the speed limits on campus, which is 40 km/h on most campus streets.

CCPS would like to extend its thanks to staff, faculty, students, contractors and especially Const. Ian Baldock (manager of the charity event) who contributed to the Koats for Kids drive, Austen said. Two trucks full of the donations - 1,300 coats - were delivered by campus and London police to the Boys and Girls Club. "For a child wearing a spring jacket or a hand-me-down [that doesn't fit properly], a coat can be a life saver," Austen said.

The London Police Department had a case of road rage to deal with this past Sunday. According to an LPD media release, the rage was sparked when a driver was cut off while going southbound on Richmond St. The chase began when the driver pursued the cutter-offer and returned the favour. The two continued down the road, yelling back and fourth at each other until they both stopped at a street light and one driver got out of his car. He proceeded to smash the other driver's rear window with an umbrella. The other driver then exited his car and stood in front of the umbrella assailant's car, in an attempt to stop him. Umbrella-man called his bluff though and had to jump out of the way as the car motored past him, leaving him with a knee injury.

Only one of the road-ragers was caught by police and a 61-year-old male has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and property damage.

The lesson of the day: watch out for angry old men with umbrellas.




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