Po­lice News

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE -

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.

Fish-sell­ing fraud­ster

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.

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