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Headlines for December 14, 2017

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From the Northumberland 89.7 FM News Room, here are some of the headlines we're following:

- Cobourg Police Services Board Chair, Bryan Baxter Passes Away

- Insurance Companies Remind About Trees On Your Car

- Seasonal RIDE Programs / Project Red Nose

For further details on these stories and more plus weather and sports, be sure to stay tuned to Northumberland 89.7 News throughout the day.

64km/h Over The Limit And You Lose...Your Car

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From Port Hope Police This Week

Man charged with stunt driving.

A 23 year old Bethany man was charged with stunt driving after a Port Hope Police officer conducting radar caught the man driving 64 km over the posted speed limit. On December 10th the man was driving on Hamilton Rd when he was alleged to be “clocked” driving 114km in a posted 50km zone.  The man’s vehicle was impounded for 7 days. He appears in court in January 2018.    

A woman and teenager charged with assault.

Charges have been laid in connection with an alleged assault that occurred on December 9th but reported to Police on the 10th of December.  Police were told that a 16 year old victim attended a house party in Port Hope Saturday night when it is alleged that she was “jumped” by two other people and was punched and kicked when she fell to the ground.  The fight was broken up by other people in the house.  18 year old Eden Julia Rosenberg of Toronto and a teenager who cannot be identified under the youth criminal justice act are both charged with Assault causing bodily harm.  They turned themselves into Port Hope Police on the 11th of December and are scheduled to appear in court in February 2018.

R.I.D.E

Port Hope Police Festival RIDE continues. Four RIDE programs have been conducted so far with 1500 vehicles being checked resulting in no arrests for impaired related offences.  1 Provincial Offence has been issued and 8 warnings for minor infractions were given.   The Festive RIDE programs will be in effect during the Holiday Season. 

Port Hope Police encourage people to utilize taxis and other driving services like Operation Red Nose which is a national program dedicated to the fight against drinking and driving. It is a free, confidential, volunteer-driver service offered to any individual who has been drinking or who simply do not feel fit to drive his/her vehicle home. The number for Operation Red Nose is 905 377 1218 and volunteers will be in operation December 15,16,22,23 and 31

"Parent Scam" Defrauds Port Hope Couple

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A 67 year old Port Hope man was defrauded out of $1900.00 after falling victim to the “grandparent” or “parent” scam. 

On the 4th of December the man received a call from an individual purporting to be a lawyer from Gatineau, Quebec. The lawyer said the man’s son was involved in a motor vehicle collision and was being held in custody and he needed $1000.00 to have the son released. The man wired $1000.00 through Western Union.  A second call was received indicating that another $900.00 was required in order that the son does not go to jail. The man wired another transaction from a Western Union location in Cobourg.  A third call was received where the man was told more money was required or his son would be charged with manslaughter. 

The wife of the man became suspicious and started asking questions. Another person then came on the phone who sounded like the couple’s son who was crying.   The woman stated she was going to call local Police who confirmed it was a fraud. 

Port Hope Police are warning residents to be vigilant about this scam and other phone scams that are being committed in the area like the CRA scam, computer repairman scam and other online and phones scams.

Port Hope Police This Week

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Port Hope Police kick off Festival Ride programs.

Port Hope Police have commenced their annual Festival RIDE programs. On the 30 of November RIDE teams hit the streets checking vehicles in various locations within Urban Port Hope.  400 vehicles were checked resulting in no suspension or arrests.  1 Provincial Offence Notice was issued.  The RIDE programs will be in effect during the Holiday Season.  Port Hope Police encourage people to utilize taxis and other driving services like Operation Red Nose which is a national program dedicated to the fight against drinking and driving. It is a free, confidential, volunteer-driver service offered to any individual who has been drinking or who simply do not feel fit to drive his/her vehicle home. The number for Operation Red Nose is 905 377 1218 and volunteers will be in operation December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15,16,22,23 and 31

Man stopped by money transfer staff in sending money overseas.

An elderly Port Hope man was almost defrauded out $2000.00 dollars after being a victim of an on line fraud.  On the 27th of November the man received an alert on his computer that indicated his computer needed to be cleaned. The man went to the website and ended up in a string of communications with someone named “Paul” The man agreed to pay $150 to have the computer serviced online.  The male later contacted the victim and advised him a mistake had been made and that $2000.00 was transferred into his account by mistake. The fraudster then sent the man an image of what appeared to be a picture of his account showing the $2000.00 deposited.  Theman was convinced to attend down to a “MoneyGram”to have the $2000.00 wired back to a location in India.  When he attended down to the local MoneyGram, a quick thinking staff member inquired as to why he was sending this much money and when the man revealed his reason she indicated that it was most likely a fraud and to contact Police.  No Money was sent and the man’s financial institution was contacted to lock down the accounts.

Man arrested after a fleeing Police in a vehicle.

A 19 year old former Port Hope man led Police on a chase that started in the Jocelyn St area at about 8:15pm on the 30th of November 2017.  Port Hope Police attempted to stop the vehicle after an officer recognized it as possibly belonging to someone whom was ordered by the court to stay out of Port Hope.  The driver refused to stop and fled the area.  Police pursued the vehicle concerned the male was possibly impaired but after the driver went through stop signs Police terminated the pursuit. The vehicle was last seen driving into rural area of Port Hope. At 8:30pm the vehicle was noted by a Port Hope Police officer to drive into a driveway on Woodland Avenue in Garden Hill. The driver was taken into custody.  Charged with flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to comply with a condition of a recognizance is Draven Thornton. He was held in custody pending a show cause hearing.

Snow Routes are in effect

As of December 1st Snow Routes are in effect from 2am-7am. Please see the attachment on the web site for streets that are designated snow routes.   The fine for parking in a snow route during the above times is $20.00.

Police looking for a stolen pick-up

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Update as of 10:38 November 25: Port Hope Police advise that the vehicle has been located.

Break and enter and theft of a vehicle

Port Hope Police were called to a downtown premises after thieves entered the place located in the Ontario Street/Mill Street area and stole a motor vehicle. 

Police were alerted to the incident shortly before 1:00am on the 25th of November by a passer-by who requested a downtown establishment proprietor to call Police. Stolen was a Black 2017 Dodge truck with no plates. 

Port Hope Police would like to speak to this individual who may have witnessed something.  Anyone with information is asked to call Port Hope Police or Crime Stoppers