Coaticook police stop gang fight Last Friday, Sureté du Quebec officers from the Coaticook post were informed of a confrontation between two groups of youth that was planned for Friday night in Laurence Park. To keep things from getting out of hand, special patrollers
were assigned to the sector where small groups of individuals were converging. The police presence possibly caused the confrontation to change location, to behind an elementary school. There, about forty individuals, most seeming to be minors, dispersed with the arrival of the police who then questioned a 16 year-old identified as
the ringleader for one of the groups. This ringleader, who was armed with a baton and a knife, was then arrested.
The police are unsure of the motives for the planned altercation between the two groups of youth, however, it is suspected it may have been motivated by exchanges and comments made on Facebook. The
Sureté du Quebec reminds users of the social network that they are responsible for comments made on Facebook and can be prosecuted. Furthermore, people who take part in illegal gatherings can receive stiff fines.
A door-to-door fish and seafood salesman has been ripping off residents in the regions of Sherbrooke, the Val St. Francois MRC and the des Sources MRC. The 45 year-old male goes around in a small beige pick-up truck that contains a freezer of frozen products. He obtains the confidence of the victims during a first sale which goes normally. He then returns a few days later to ask for a loan of money under false pretenses, leaving as a guarantee cheques to be cashed later which always ‘bounce back’ for insufficient funds. The suspect seems to focus on seniors to commit the fraud. The SQ is now looking at about a dozen files related to this suspect who is still active in the region. Anyone with information on this subject is asked to call their local police department.