Antigonish RCMP Constable Morgan MacPherson said the local detachment recently received word from a few residents about a phone scam. Residents told police a person or persons calling from foreign numbers claiming to be with a financial institution looking for personal or credit card information.
When asked how people can tell the difference between a legitimate call and a scam, MacPherson said banks and credit card companies will not ask for private information over the phone.
Morgan reminded people to never give out personal information over the phone.
Antigonish RCMP say charges have been laid following an early morning collision in a work zone on Friday on Highway 104 at Beaver Meadows, west of Antigonish.
Police say car rear-ended an SUV that had been stopped for the work zone. The occupants of the SUV were treated on the scene by EHS. No one else was hurt.
Police later charged the driver of the car that struck the SUV, with Impaired Driving, Refusing to Provide a Breath Sample, Driving While Suspended, Driving an Unregistered Vehicle and Driving Without Insurance.
The 54-year-old Thorburn man is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in Antigonish on October 10th
An RCMP dog is credited for finding suspect in local theft case
Early Thursday evening Antigonish District RCMP received reports of a man who fled on foot following two separate thefts at the Antigonish Market Square.
RCMP officers arrived at the scene with assistance from RCMP Police Dog Services. A short time later, a police dog, BO, found a suspect, who Police say was hiding in a grass field near Highway 4 in Antigonish.
18-year-old Isaac MacLellan of Antigonish is charged with two counts of Theft Under $5,000 and two counts of Breach of Conditions. He is scheduled to appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on August 29.
Antigonish RCMP will recognize National Police Week at Ecole Acadienne de Pomquet on Wednesday. Community Policing Officer Constable Morgan MacPherson says it hold a local emergency services display at the school from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Antigonish RCMP are investigating a hit-and-run incident that occurred last week. Police say Tuesday afternoon between 2:30 and 3 pm a GMC Acadia was struck while parked at Walmart. The vehicle sustained about $2,000 damage to its front end. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the RCMP at (902) 863-6500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Antigonish RCMP say three males have been arrested on assault charges after two people were pepper sprayed last weeekend. Police say the incidenthappened on Notre Dame Avenue on Saturday. Police say there was a verbal argument, escalating into a physical assault, and two males were sprayed with pepper spray. Both victims were taken to hospital, treated and released.
With assistance from the Cheticamp and Baddeck RCMP, three people were arrest, one man and two male youths.
An 18-year-old man from St. Joseph-du-Moine, Inverness County and a 17-year-old male youth from Baddeck are both charged with one count of assualt. A 16-year-old male youth from Nyanza, Victoria County is facing two counts of assault wiht a weapon.
All three have been released from custody and placed on strict conditions. They are scheduled to return to Antigonish Provincial Court and Antigonish Youth Court on June 27th
The Antigonish RCMP is planning a series of public information sessions beginning next month for those aged 55 and over. It’s called the Older Adult Division Police Academy. The program begins on March 19th.
Constable Morgan MacPherson says the sessions cover a wide range of topics including elder abuse, planning for your future, personal safety, frauds and scams, preventing falls, medication safety and safe driving.
The sessions are free of charge. To register call, (902) 870-5592.
With winter in full gear now, the Antigonish RCMP are asking motorists to be careful when driving after heavy snowfall. Over the past number of years, Cst. Morgan MacPherson with the Antigonish RCMP says that a number of drivers get pulled over after not clearing their cars off following a heavy snow fall.
MacPherson says taking an extra 5 minutes in the morning to clear your car can prevent you from getting ticketed by police, or being a moving hazard on the roadways:
MacPherson adds that flying debris from cars can often cause accidents or damage windshields when snow and ice dislodges from a car.
Police say on Saturday evening the Antigonish – Guysborough Street Crime Enforcement Unit searched a home on Hawthorne Street and investigators confiscated a large quantity of cocaine, marijuana and cash.
A 48-year-old man and 23-year-old man, both of Antigonish, are facing charges for Possession of Cocaine for the Purposes of Trafficking. The 48-year-old man was released from custody and will appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on January 17th. The 23-year-old man remains in custody.
Today, families in the town and county of Antigonish are putting last minute touches on Halloween costumes in preparation for trick-or-treating tomorrow. The RCMP have a few tips to offer to keep celebrations safe this year.
Constable Morgan MacPherson says that obeying crosswalk rules and diligent driving is very important. MacPherson recommends that parents make their children easy to see for motorists:
St.FX student athletes will help throughout the evening at crosswalks, making sure that children get to their destination safely.