Po­lice News

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Of­fi­cers with the Surete du Quebec found forty car­tons of black mar­ket cig­a­rettes at a home in Stanstead yes­ter­day. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion lead­ing to the search of the home be­gan in July of 2012 af­ter re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic. The peo­ple liv­ing at the house on Paquette Street were not ar­rested but will face a fine. The fine is $300 per car­ton, but if it can be proven that the peo­ple were sell­ing cig­a­rettes, the fine will be higher.

Over the week­end and on Mon­day there were sev­eral thefts at the Pat Burns Arena.

The thief or thieves walked into the locker room while hockey games were go­ing on and stole cell phones, wal­lets and the keys to a car. That ve­hi­cle was then stolen and found later a few kilo­me­tres away. “We want to warn peo­ple to lock the doors. We al­ways see thefts in locker rooms in all the are­nas at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son,” said Of­fi­cer Aure­lie Guin­don, the com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer for the SQ.

Three peo­ple were ar­rested over the week­end in the Coat­i­cook area for drink­ing and driv­ing. On Fri­day night at 7:30 pm a 32 year old woman drove poorly past the SQ sta­tion on the 141, at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of an of­fi­cer. At 3:30 am on Satur­day morn­ing a 30 year old man was stopped on St. Jac­ques Street. At 1:30 am on Sun­day morn­ing a 20 yearold man from Mart­inville was stopped in Compton and charged with re­fus­ing to take a breath­a­lyzer test and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice.

Last week, the po­lice had to re­spond to a few calls re­gard­ing peo­ple get­ting lost in the great out­doors while hik­ing. Here are some tips to help pre­vent this from re­cur­ring: avoid hik­ing alone and tell oth­ers of your route and re­turn time; hike dur­ing the day; choose an ac­tiv­ity that you can han­dle; have a trail map, flash­light, drink­ing wa­ter and a change of clothes in your back­pack; make sure your cell­phone is fully charged; bring a whis­tle to use in case you get lost; and wear bright cloth­ing that is easy to see dur­ing hunt­ing sea­son. out legally, with all the re­quired per­mits is­sued by the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties con­cerned and the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Wildlife.

The Pres­i­dent of MCI, Gisèle La­casse Benoit, is of the opin­ion that : ‘It’s a se­ri­ous as­sault on the ecosys­tem of the lake’ and is very sur­prised to learn that the rules and reg­u­la­tions in place to­day al­low this type of work, which can have reper­cus­sions on the en­vi­ron­ment of the lake. ‘This needs to be rec­ti­fied quickly’.

What is also a sur­prise to MCI is the fact that the Mem­phrem­a­gog MRC’s de­vel­op­ment plan and mu­nic­i­pal reg­u­la­tions still per­mit the pour­ing of con­crete on the banks and shore­lines of the lake. But what is even more stun­ning here in 2012 is that we do not take into con­sid­er­a­tion the fragility of the ecosys­tem of the lake and the preser­va­tion of the qual­ity of its wa­ter be­fore al­low­ing this type of work. Con­sider that the lake is a com­mon good, a drink­ing wa­ter reser­voir which ben­e­fits a large pop­u­la­tion and whose in­tegrity must be en­sured. Also, what mes­sage does the ap­proval of this type of project send to the cit­i­zens and shore­line res­i­dents who are al­ready mak­ing an ef­fort to pre­serve the lake.

In light of this, MCI would ask the lakeside mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to quickly mod­ify their reg­u­la­tions in or­der to for­bid this type of work (pour­ing con­crete in the lake and in­stalling per­ma­nent pil­ings for fixed docks) and asks the Mem­phre­g­a­gog MRC to quickly mod­ify their de­vel­op­ment plan in or­der to bet­ter pro­tect Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog from this type of abuse for the ben­e­fit of all cit­i­zens.

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