RCMP promise holiday season road checks

Weather conditions of late are slowing the prudent and putting the impatient in the ditch.

The driver of this semi was transported to Grand Forks hospital with only minor injuries when his truck and trailer hit the guardrail east of Midway on Tuesday night. Extremely icy conditions were said to have caused the accident. Highway 3 was down to one-lane traffic for 4-1/2 hours.

The staff and members of the Midway RCMP would like to wish all Boundary District residents a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

“In order to ensure the safety of our families, friends, and the general public we will be performing random check stops throughout the holiday season,” said RCMP Cpl. Judson Mayes.

“If you suspect someone of driving under an influence do not hesitate to call 911 and be prepared to provide as much information as possible including license plate, direction of travel, and brief description of the vehicle. “We understand the importance of gathering with family and friends during the holiday season and we want everyone to arrive home safely.”

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RCMP in Nelson report they have received two separate reports of a telephone scam that is going through the area. In both cases money was sent following late night phone calls from a male caller claiming to be a nephew who was in trouble.

The nephew had have either been involved in a crash involving a out of province plated rental vehicle and needed cash to pay for the damages through a lawyer out of province or was in the hospital needing cash for medical expenses.

In both cases monies were sent out of concern for the well being of the nephew to what seemed to be legitimate lawyer or doctor via a Money- Gram. Police are urging anyone who receives a call like this to follow up immediately with your family members involved to confirm whether it is a real incident or not. This type of scam relies on suspect access to social media sites. They then use family connections to then make the calls targeting the family member’s emotions to send the money.

The calls usually come in as “private” numbers and they never leave a number they can be reached and/or use a false name which makes it near impossible to investigate.

Anyone who has experienced similar incidents should contact their local RCMP detachment.