On Saturday, Jan. 14, police responded to a report of a house fire at a trailer court located on Ferry Road in Blackpool.
The Blackpool and Clearwater volunteer fire departments responded as well and attempted to extinguish the fire as quickly as possible.
While the trailer, unfortunately, was completely destroyed, as well as one vehicle parked in the driveway, two other vehicles were saved, as well as an outbuilding. The fire was contained to the single lot in the trailer court.
The the investigation is ongoing but all evidence at this time indicates the fire was not intentional.
The homeowner was home at the time but escaped without any serious injury.
On Jan. 8, two females entered the Buy-Low in Clearwater and attempted to purchase a jug of juice with a $100 bill.
While one suspect was at the check-out, she was seen to have several $100 bills and wanted to get them changed by the cashier for smaller bills. The cashier, being cautious, closed the cash drawer and said she was going to get the manager.
The two female suspects fled the store at that point.
While police cannot confirm what the suspects’ intent was, it is believed one of two things was going on: the suspects were either attempting to trade counterfeit $100 dollar bills for real money; or the suspects were trying to confuse the cashier into giving them more money than what had been provided in changing out the $100s for small bills.
If you work at a location that accepts cash payments, always check any bills handed to you to ensure they are not fraudulent. Also, ensure, if you are ever asked to change a bill, that you get the bill in your hand first, and then take your time. If the person starts changing his or her mind, asking for different break-downs of the bill and so on, he or she may be trying to confuse you into giving back more than was given you.
Be careful, and if you have a manager, don’t be afraid to tell them you’re going to get the manager.
On Jan. 12, a single vehicle appears to have driven the wrong way through the roundabout and crashed into the snow drift on the side of the road at Highway 5 and Park Drive.
There was minimal damage to the vehicle and the driver did not appear injured due to the collision.
It was believed there was possibly a medical issue with the elderly driver which caused the collision. An ambulance transported the driver to hospital to be seen by a doctor.