Spirit Square fight
Police responded to a reported fight at Spirit Square on Feb. 25. The subjects were found fighting on the ground and were separated by RCMP members. Both had been drinking, and one in particular was extremely intoxicated.
One person left immediately upon police request. Officers made a number of attempts to have the other, who was quite intoxicated, leave in the company of family who were able to care for them. This person ultimately was lodged in cells and held until he was sober.
Purcell apartment fire
On Feb. 25, police responded to assist the fire department at the Purcell Apartments on 12th Street South. The fire department responded to a report of smoke in the electrical room. The apartment houses a number of seniors.
Police responded to assist with evacuation. Many residents were kept warm in emergency vehicles at the scene. The fire crew was able to clear the building in short order and allow for the safe return of the residents to their homes. There were no injuries reported.
Police warn of recurring fraud
On Feb. 26 a Golden resident received a letter in the mail along with an enclosed cheque. The letter invited this person to be a mystery shopper and had instructions on how the funds from the cheque should be dispersed.
It included a small reward for their participation and instructed that the bulk of the money be sent via Western Union and money gram to two named persons. The mystery shopper was to then report their experience back to the company.
This is a long standing fraud where a client cashes the cheque, the funds are then transferred by the client only later to find the cheque is a fraud and they are left to pay it back to the bank. Many of these frauds originate outside of the country.
If you receive a similar type letter, do not act on it. Report the fraud to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre.ca as well as to your local police.