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.