Posted at 3:24 pm on March 16, 2018

Antigonish RCMP have laid impaired driving related charges after a man arrived at the detachment hoping to secure the release of a friend in police custody.

RCMP say the man arrived at the detachment just before 5 Tuesday afternoon. A police investigation concluded the heavily intoxicated man was driving his 2008 Pontiac Wave when he arrived at the detachment. Police says the man was also on conditions not to consume alcohol.

27-year-old Michael Taylor Pinkham of Roachville has been charged with Impaired Driving, Driving over the Legal Limit, Public Intoxication and two counts of Failure to Comply with an Undertaking.

Pinkham was remanded into custody and appeared in court Wednesday where he was released. He is scheduled to return to court April 4th.

Posted at 10:50 am on March 12, 2018

Be  wary of any phone calls that offer free trips, prizes, on-line rebates or seek your personal banking information.  That’s the message from the Antigonish RCMP during this, Fraud Prevention Month.
Constable Morgan MacPherson says if you’re not sure, never give information over the phone, especially with a company you’re not familiar with.
MacPherson says one of the scams making the rounds is offering a prize, but requiring the caller to pay a fee in order to receive it.
MacPherson says scammers are much more tech savvy.  Other scams that have been reported include computer links offering a rebate on their utility bill.  Another common one are calls from scammers claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency and demanding payment on an overdue account.

Posted at 3:41 pm on March 9, 2018

Antigonish RCMP say officers have arrested a 17-year-old male youth after racist graffiti was painted at a school in Monastery earlier this week. Police say the youth has been charged with Public Incitement of Hatred and four counts of Mischief. He has been released on conditions and will appear in Youth Court at a later date.

On Monday night, grafitti was painted on a school bus, the East Antigonish Education Centre and Academy and a sign near the school. Police say the graffiti was racially and culturally insensitive and included profanity and derogatory comments about both Indigenous people and the African Nova Scotia Community.

Police are continuing to investigate. If you have any information on this incident, call the RCMP at (902) 447-2525 or 1-800-803-RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS

Posted at 12:32 pm on March 6, 2018

Antigonish District RCMP are investigating racist graffiti left on the exterior of East Antigonish Education Centre and Academy.

RCMP say officers were contacted Monday evening around 9 o’clock. Initial investigation has concluded the suspects painted the graffiti between 8 and 9 Monday night.

Police have also obtained video surveillance of the area. RCMP say the words painted on the school are both racially and culturally insensitive. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Antigonish RCMP.

Strait Regional School Board Superintendent Ford Rice says this incident is disappointing.
Rice says the focus at the school Tuesday included working with the RCMP with their investigation and removing or covering up the graffiti.

Rice says the focus at the school Tuesday included working with the RCMP with their investigation and removing or covering up the graffiti. This morning (Wednesday)  the School Board announced the school is closed.

Antigonish MLA Randy Delorey also issued a statement on the incident, condemning the vandalism. He also encouraged parents to take time to speak to their children about the impact bigotry and racism have on people who have been marginalized over generations. Delorey says racism will continue to exist unless we intentionally act to eliminate its causes. He says it requires all of us to put aside our differences, to acknowledge the existence of racism and its impacts and to work together to address and eliminate it.

Posted at 9:31 am on March 5, 2018

 Pictou District RCMP is investigating a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Abercrombie Road and Trenton Connector.

Shortly before 3 p.m. on Friday, RCMP, EHS and Abercrombie Fire Department were called to a crash involving a 2009 Ford Ranger and a 2011 Hyundai Accent. The driver of the Hyundai, a 25-year-old man from Abercrombie, was transported by EHS Lifeflight to the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax with serious injuries. The passenger in the car, a 26-year-old man from Pictou, and the driver of the Ford Ranger, a 52-year-old man from New Glasgow, were both transferred to the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow with non-life threatening injuries.

An RCMP Collision Analyst was called to examine the evidence at the scene. The matter remains under investigation.

Posted at 8:42 am on February 21, 2018

The RCMP are currently investigating an incident in Port Hawkesbury where a young girl was approached by a man in a car, who asked her to get inside. The incident occured on February 14th, and it is alleged that a man drove up to a 12 year old girl and asked her twice if she wanted a ride.

She told police the man didn’t leave right away, but did leave the area and she continued to walk. The incident occurred near Elm Court in the Tamarac Heights subdivision.

The man is described as a white 30-35 year old with a deep voice. He had no facial hair and was driving a small four-door grey car with tinted back windows. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Inverness District RCMP at 902-625-2220 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Posted at 12:56 pm on February 8, 2018

Pictou District RCMP say officers have completed its investigation into a report of a suspicious man who approached two 10-year-old girls in Riverton on January 18th.

Police say a man identified himself to the RCMP after reading about the investigation in the local newspaper. RCMP interviewed the man, and investigators concluded there was no threat to the children, or the community at large.

Posted at 1:16 pm on February 7, 2018

Pictou County RCMP have laid a charge in connection with a fatal collision that occurred more than a year ago.

On December 7, 2016, a dump truck collided with a small car at the intersection of Abercrombie Road and the Trenton Connector. The driver of the car, an 85-year-old woman, died at the scene.

RCMP have charged the driver of the dump truck, 72-year-old Foster Leroy Hoar, with Dangerous Driving Causing Death. He’s to appear in Pictou Provincial Court on March 5th.

RCMP are continuing their investigation.

Posted at 10:45 am on January 29, 2018

An Antigonish Town councilor says that the RCMP will be keeping an eye open during February for distracted drivers. Councillor Jack MacPherson  is Chair for the Police Advisory Board, and says that during the month of February, the RCMP are going to be paying close attention to drivers using their cellphones behind the wheel, or other distracting items:
MacPherson says that drivers engaged with cell phones are up to eight times as likely to be involved in a crash.

Posted at 10:32 am on January 29, 2018

The Port Hawkesbury RCMP is investigating a two vehicle crash that happened yesterday morning on Highway 105 at Waycobah.

Police say shortly after 7 a.m., a transport truck struck an unoccupied parked vehicle on the road. The truck then “jack-knifed”, hit a guard rail and came to rest upright just short of the lake. The male driver of the truck was able to get out of the vehicle and was then transported by EHS to the Victoria County Memorial Hospital in Baddeck before police arrived. The driver was released from hospital with no injuries.

Traffic was delayed for several hours as crews removed debris.