Mischief kept to minimum on ‘Gate Night’

“Operation Pumpkin” was out in full force again last night to keep an eye out for mischief—and it seems all those watchful eyes worked in curbing most pre-Hallowe’en hi-jinx.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Caroline Spencer said this morning that only two acts of vandalism were reported last night.
The first occurred around 8 p.m.
when a paint ball gun was fired at a residence on the 600 block of Nelson Street. No damage was reported.
The second incident occurred around 10 p.m. when a vehicle travelling in the 6500 block of Fifth Street East was hit by an egg.
There are no suspects at this time in either incident.
“The Fort Frances OPP would like to thank all the community partners in making ‘Operation Pumpkin’ a success,” said Cst.
Spencer.
“Operation Pumpkin” is a local crime prevention initiative that started about 15 years ago to address mischief and thefts that typically occurred here on “Gate Night” and Hallowe’en night.
It includes both police officers and volunteers from various community organizations, who drive around the streets of Fort Frances and report any incidents that require police attention.
About 30 people were patrolling the streets and checking out school buildings, in particular, last night.
Local organizations that took part in “Operation Pumpkin” included the Rainy Lake Amateur Radio Club, Shaw Cable, Union Gas, the OPP auxiliary, and the Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau.
Karen Haney, assistant co-ordinator at the Volunteer Bureau, helped out by serving coffee, popcorn, and doughnuts at the old CN station until about 10:30 p.m. to those on patrol who wanted to take a break.
“We wanted to have a place for people to sit down and relax, and have something to eat and hot to drink, especially with the weather the way it is,” she remarked.
“It went well.”^The food and beverages were donated by Tim Hortons, Dough & Deli, Canada Safeway, and East End Confectionery.
The OPP also will be patrolling the streets tonight to monitor the safety of trick-or-treaters, and will be downtown handing out candy during the fifth-annual “Scott Street Scare.”^In other police news, Fort Frances OPP arrested a 23-year-old local resident last night for outstanding warrants after a vehicle stop on the 100 block of First Street East.
He was held in custody and slated to appear in court here today.