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Weekly Media Release Aug 17-23Warning - this news article expired on 2015-09-24. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

Between Monday August 17th, 2015 and Sunday August 23rd, 2015 the Cobourg Police Service responded to 102 calls for service including: 6 Theft calls , 1 Mischief call, 5 Motor Vehicle Collisions, 2 Mental Health Act calls, 1 Fraud call, 7 Neighbour/Family  Disputes, 1 Noise complaint and 8 Alarm calls.

Here is a summary of the week:

August 17:

  • Police attended a landlord Tenant dispute and stood by to keep the peace while both parties made a civil agreement to remove belongings.
  • Police investigated a Theft of gas in the amount of $114.00 dollars. The investigation is ongoing as police review surveillance video.

August 18:

  • Police attended a west end residence to take possession of an antique firearm for disposal. Police remind citizens to call police about these matters and to not attend the station with the firearm.
  • Police attended NHH in order to remove an unwanted person from the premise. The male was escorted out of the building without incident.

August 19:

  • Police assisted The Children’s Aid Society in locating and apprehending a 15 year old female for her own safety. The youth was located and taken to a place of safety without incident.
  • Police attended a downtown restaurant upon report of a female choking and unable to breath. Upon arrival the female had partially dislodged the food item and was breathing on her own. Cobourg Fire and EMS continued to assist the female with medical care.

August 20:

  • Police conducted a Traffic enforcement operation at the corner of Darcy & Elgin St. resulting in three tickets being issued for no seatbelts.
  • Cobourg Police with the assistance of Durham Regional Police located a missing 32 year old  female who had been involved in a car accident in Durham region earlier in the day and failed to pick up her 3 year old child on time as a result, causing the caregiver concern for her wellbeing.

August 21:

  • Police attended a Denton Drive residence and stood by to keep the peace while the Landlord served tenants with notice of eviction.
  • Police assisted in removing a vehicle blocking a driveway on Covert St. The vehicle was towed after police were unable to find the owner to move it.

August 22

  • Police received another report of a wallet being stolen sometime overnight from an unlocked vehicle on Division St. St. This theft remains unsolved at this time.
  • Police provided a funeral escort from a local funeral home to a cemetery nearby.

August 23

  • Police arrested a 41 year male for being intoxicated in a public place. The male was transported to hospital for medical care due to his high level of intoxication and was later lodged in cells at Cobourg Police Service. The male was later released with a Provincial Offence Notice.
  • Police arrested a 42year old male at Northumberland Hills Hospital as a result of stealing a wallet from an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot. The wallet was later recovered intact by police and returned to the owner.

The Cobourg Police Service would like to remind motorists that the minimum fine for distracted driving in Ontario is set to increase to nearly $500 starting September 1st, 2015.  The new set fine for distracted driving will be $400 plus a $90 victim surcharge.  That means drivers, if caught using their hand-held device behind the wheel, will face a penalty of $490 and three demerit points.  A judge can further increase the amount up to $1000 if the case goes to court.  The Making Ontario Roads Safer Act was approved unanimously in June and the act cracks down on distracted driving, by increasing fines and demerit points.  Research shows drivers who use their cell phones or smartphones are four times more likely to be in a collision according to statistics from the Ministry of Transportation.