Canadian Anti-Fraud Unit asking citizens to know the signs of travel fraud

Saturday, 25 March 2017 06:08 Megan
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Police are urging citizens to watch out for a handful of travel scams.

The scams involve fraudsters who claim to be from a travel company such as Air Canada or Transat, Expedia, and others.

If you pick up the phone and someone claims that you have won a free vacation, that could be exciting news. However, if they ask for your credit card information to confirm the account: red flag. If they won't provide a name or a callback number: red flag. If you are asked to provide any sort of personal information without your knowledge of entering a contest: red flag. The Canadian Anti-Fraud Unit is urging citizens to realize the risks of being chipped and are asking people to know the signs.

(Meghan Spotswood)


Former NBA player receives a statue to honour his career

Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:50 Megan
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An honourary statue will now become a “staple” to the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Shaquille O'Neal laid eyes on a statue of himself at Friday night's unveiling.

The statue is of him completing a monster dunk with his legs in the air. It is suspended 10 feet in the air and weighs a whopping 1200 pounds.

The 7-foot-1 former NBA basketball star watched his son pull the rope and drop the gold curtain.

O'Neal's statue is now one of eight at the Staples Centre.

(Meghan Spotswood)


Keystone X-L Pipeline gets approval from US President

Saturday, 25 March 2017 05:40 Megan
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Presidential approval has TransCanada making history. The eight and a half year long debate to have the Keystone X-L Pipeline cross to the US has been approved by President Donald Trump, calling it a historical moment for North America and energy independence.

Although this battle is won, TransCanada still faces many problems before being able to start construction such as state approvals and legal battles from opponents.

(Meghan Spotswood)


London man pulled over twice by same cop

Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:57 Megan
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An OPP officer and a 46 year old male are becoming good friends after the officer has charged the male twice in less than a month.

On February 22nd, a member of the OPP West Region was conducting a commercial vehicle stop on a white GMC traveling Eastbound on Road 64, in Zorra Township.

46 year old Derrick Buckingham from London was charged with driving under suspension, fail to accurately complete daily inspection report and overweight vehicle.

Fast forward to the afternoon of March 16, where the same officer saw the white GMC heading Westbound on Dundas street east in London.

Buckingham was pulled over, acquaintances renewed, and placed under arrest. He was charged with driving under suspension contrary to the HTA and the vehicle was seized and impounded.

He will appear in court to at a later date to answer to these charges.

(Meghan Spotswood)


Fatal crash in December has made charges

Saturday, 25 March 2017 04:54 Megan
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Charges have been laid in accordance to a vehicle collision that ended up taking the life of a 17 year old female back in December.

The fatal crash occurred at 4:30pm just west of Vanastra on London road.

17 year old Bethany Blanchard from Clinton died in the collision when the driver of the vehicle she was in, a Chevrolet Malibu, attempted to pass stopped traffic on the gravel shoulder, losing control of the vehicle as it made its way back on the road and crossed into the path of a northbound armoured truck.

Police investigation proves that the vehicle was not safe to be on the road and the driver of the Malibu, 19 year old Nicholas Dimmers from Goderich has been charged with careless driving and driving under suspension.

The owner of the vehicle, 19 year old Zachery Fairbanks from Huron County has also been charged with Permit Operation of an Unsafe Vehicle.

Both have scheduled appearances in Goderich Provincial Offences court on May 2nd, 2017.

(Meghan Spotswood)


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