Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

John Urban

Campus News:
-The London Police Services Board plans to add several mental health supports for officers in response to a proposal put forward by Western professor and board member, Dr. Javeed Sukhera
-After Sukhera’s proposal and other motions made by board members, the London Police Service plans to hire a full-time psychologist and to invest $300,000 in the expansion of the Safe Guard Program
-The program is currently only available to members of 'high-risk' units, where they can meet with a psychologist on an 'as-needed' basis
-Sukhera highlighted three aspects of mental health: addressing first-responder mental health, improving mental health training for front-line officers and fostering cross-sector collaboration with local mental health agencies
-The motion was approved at a board meeting on Sept. 18
-According to Statistics Canada, one in five police calls for service in 2012 involved an individual with mental illness or substance use disorder
-These mental health initiatives were further prompted by the suicides of three members of the Ontario Provincial Police last summer
-The police board will review a more detailed plan of the approved motions at a second meeting on Oct. 18

Local News:
-In an update from yesterday’s story, London man is dead after a motorcycle crash near Western University Monday evening
-Emergency crews were called to the area of Western Road near Platts Lane at around 6:45 p.m Monday and found that a motorcycle travelling southbound on Western Road struck a deer as it was crossing the street
-The motorcyclist lost control and suffered fatal injuries, a London man, 34, was pronounced deceased at the scene
-His name is not being released at this time as police work to notify his family
-The deer suffered serious injuries and was euthanized by officers at the scene
-The Traffic Management Unit has taken over the investigation, which is ongoing, and anyone with information is urged to contact police
-That stretch of road, recently repaved as part of an ongoing road widening project, was temporarily closed. It re-opened to traffic around 11 p.m Monday

-A 22-year-old Windsor man is facing sexual assault charges after a woman reported she was inappropriately touched near a downtown intersection last month
-The 22-year-old man was arrested this weekend. He is charged with sexual assault and was released with a court date on Nov. 22
-Last month, a woman reported that an unknown man touched her inappropriately when she was walking with a friend near Richmond and Piccadilly streets on Sept. 16 around 3 a.m., police said
-Police released a photo of the suspect in their effort to find him
-Today, they thanked the public for their assistance

-The Western Mustangs brought home gold in both the men’s and women’s events with both sides defeating the tough Toronto Varsity Blues in the final round
-The Western men delivered gritty performances all the way down the line-up to improve on their third place finish from the year prior. Toronto struck first and claimed the doubles point with wins at #2 and # 3, leaving the top-seeded Mustangs with an uphill battle ahead
-Western managed to come from behind to win five out of the six singles matches and closed out a 5-2 team victory and the OUA Championship title
-The Mustangs’ women, meanwhile, successfully defended their title to give them their third consecutive OUA Championship
-It is the first time in their program's history that the Mustangs have won three straight provincial gold medals
-Western secured the doubles point with straight-forward wins on all three courts
-The singles, however, provided some addition intrigue, as the Varsity Blues brought their best tennis to force a tight match
-Western’s Helen He defeated Toronto’s Mara Stroe 6-2, 6-3 at #1 singles to clinch the win for the Mustangs
-The win also gave Helen He her third consecutive undefeated season in the OUA and helped her captured her third Player of the Year award

-This afternoon will be another beautiful day as we reach our high of 25 degrees with a mix of sun and cloud
-We do have an 80% chance of seeing thunderstorms overnight with up to 5mm of rain
-Tomorrow will have more sun and clouds though with a high of 19 degrees and Friday more of the same but a bit cooler with a high of 9 degrees