Police investigate hit-and-run at a power box

Weyburn police received a call regarding a possible hit-and-run collision at 9:45 p.m. on Jan. 28 to a SaskPower box located in the 100 block of First Avenue SW. Upon attending, it was apparent that a vehicle had in fact struck the box causing damage to it, and left vehicle parts at the scene. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Weyburn Police Service, or to call Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

• The past week was also busy with numerous frauds, including an email scam regarding a cousin who won a lottery but needed to pay certain fees to collect; three calls regarding the STARS Lottery scam, and one call regarding winning Publisher’s Clearing House.

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One call was received regarding a virus being found on a computer and needing to pay to have it removed. In this case the victim called the company back at the indicated number.

According to the “terms of service”, this call then authorized the company to perform the various work. After the report was made to the police, the victim’s computer was analyzed by a local computer repair shop and was found to have had a keylogger program and malware viruses installed.

Police urge people to be very careful and read fully any emails if you are going to attempt to respond. In this case the victim was refunded the money. So, while this appears to have been a legitimate business, the method of doing business is highly questionable.

• City police responded to a domestic disturbance incident on Jan. 29. Police attended the residence and were able to mediate the incident for the time being.

• Weyburn police received a report from a business of a theft of merchandise from the business on Wednesday. The matter is still under investigation.

• Police received information on Wednesday about a person threatening harm who may be suffering from mental health issues. The police were able to locate the individual who was taken to the hospital for further assistance.

• Weyburn police received information on Thursday about a suspended driver who was driving a vehicle. The vehicle was located and the driver arrested. He has been charged with driving while disqualified pursuant to the Criminal Code.

• City police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Friday. As a result the driver was issued a traffic ticket for driving while suspended. Through further investigation the passenger, a 36-year-old male, has been charged with personation, obstruction and breach of probation.

• Weyburn police received a call regarding an individual who was threatening self-harm on Sunday. The person was located and agreed to attend the hospital for further assessment.

• With the snow this past weekend, city police wish to remind all residents of the bylaw provisions governing snow removal. It is an offence under the bylaw to put snow from a private residence or walkway onto any street. Not only is it a violation of the bylaw, it can, given the amount of snow, cause mobility problems for vehicles on the street.