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OPP: Mom calls police — again — to bring her daughter home

Call a cab, book an Uber — but don’t call police to get your kid a ride home.

That’s the message Oxford County OPP are sending after a Woodstock-area woman repeatedly called police to give her teenage daughter a ride home.

An upset parent contacted police on Friday after midnight asking them to check on her daughter, 17, who was staying at a Zorra Township home. The teen had been picked up earlier by friends and was staying overnight with them, but the mother wanted police to bring her daughter home because she didn’t give her permission to stay out, OPP said.

Two points from Mt. Brydges native Crouse helps Coyotes sink Leafs

The all-star break and bye week can’t come soon enough for the Maple Leafs.

Whether they deserve to collectively put up their feet and chill is another matter.

The cold-as-ice Leafs on Sunday night lost for the seventh time in their past 10 games, falling 4-2 against the Arizona Coyotes at Scotiabank Arena. Mt. Brydges native Lawson Crouse, who played his minor hockey with the Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs, helped lead the way for the Coyotes with a goal and an assist.

Extreme cold remains after snow squall slams region west of London

Winter may have been late to arrive this year, but there’s no doubt it is here to stay.

Environment Canada issued an extreme cold warning Sunday afternoon for London and Middlesex County, with frigid temperatures expected to continue all day Monday.

The national weather agency says temperatures will feel like -30 C overnight, the result of a “bitterly cold Arctic airmass affecting the region.”

During this time, frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, Environment Canada warned.

London agency steps up to rescue Neighbourhood Watch

From the brink of shutting down last year, to a new partnership, London’s embattled Neighbourhood Watch program might yet survive under a proposal by a group that helps older adults find work.

The Free Press has learned the group Over 55 Skills at Work is behind the proposal, whose details remain guarded as it heads to a special meeting Feb. 4 for Neighbourhood Watch members.

LFP ARCHIVES: The true origin of the 'Blue Monday' phenomenon

While there’s no doubt the weather can affect one’s mood and mental health, the phenomenon of Blue Monday — which in 2019 falls on Jan. 21 — isn’t quite so reliable, as our Dan Brown found when he dug beneath the headlines. This story was first published by The Free Press on Jan. 15, 2017.

Londoners will hear a lot about Blue Monday at the beginning of this week. Too bad it’s a bunch of bunk.

North Bay Battalion 4, London Knights 3

The Knights’ power play has steadily improved this season.

They started in the basement of the 20-team OHL and worked their way back into the upper half. There have been some interesting wrinkles, like overage William Lochead setting up shop in front of the opposing goaltender as part of a three d-man first unit.

But London won’t truly be considered dangerous with the man advantage until they score more with it during the critical moments that turn around games.

It needs to be a weapon.

Lightning 'positive attitude' helps team scratch out win against Edge

The London Lightning salvaged a split in their weekend series on the Rock, with a gritty 119-113 overtime win over the Edge in St. John’s on Sunday afternoon.

Marvin Phillips hit a three-pointer with 26.3 seconds left to put the Bolts ahead 115-113 and Garrett Williamson went four-for-four from the foul line to put Sunday’s game away after the Lightning fell 109-100 to the Edge on Saturday.

London police ID man killed in Friday afternoon crash

London police have identified the 63-year-old man who died as the result of a traffic collision Friday afternoon. Randy Pinkerton, of London, was riding a motorized scooter when it collided with a vehicle about 2 p.m. on Commissioners Road near Wonderland Road.

Pinkerton died hours later in hospital, police said.

The collision, for which police closed a portion of Commissioners Road for about five hours, remains under investigation.

Letters: Jan. 21

A fine possibility

There are fines for driving under the influence of alcohol. There are fines for distracted driving. Now fines are being added for being under the influence of marijuana. What could possibly go wrong? That someone might be under the influence of all three at the same time. Does that mean that they could get three fines? Maybe the government would miss out some revenue?

John Goldrick


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YOU begins work on service centre, with affordable housing next

After more than a year of fundraising, Phase 1 of a project to create a services hub and 39 affordable housing units for local youth officially has begun.

Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) has started remodelling a four-storey building at 333 Richmond St., one of three downtown properties the local agency has acquired for the project. The other two are the adjacent 329 and 331 Richmond St., across the street from the organization’s Cornerstone building.

Popular seniors program gets provincial boost

A popular service for aging Londoners with a burgeoning waitlist is getting a boost from new provincial government funding to ensure more seniors can reap the physical, mental and social benefits.

That cash will open up 10 new spaces each week at an adult day program run out of Dearness Home and reduce the funding needed from city hall by about $35,000.

As the city’s population continues to age, the waitlist for the program continues to grow – by about 10 per cent over the last year.

New aviation program brings different approach to education

What if your kids could earn all the high school credits they need for a semester while at the same time giving free rein to their passion for planes and aircraft engines?

That’s what the Thames Valley District school board is offering to Grade 10 students with the creation of a new aviation training program at Montcalm secondary school.

The program, available to all students within the board, is the only one of its kind in the London region.