Police report quiet Hallowe’en

While town streets may have been filled with pirates, ghosts, zombies, and other creatures, police reported “monsters” pretty much behaved themselves on Hallowe’en.
“We had a couple incidents of bigger kids stealing candy from younger kids but other than that, it was quiet,” Fort Frances OPP Cst. Cam Howard said Thursday morning.
No charges resulted from the reported thefts, he noted.
Fort Frances OPP Cst. Al MacDonald, who was patrolling the downtown area on foot with five police auxiliary members during the “Scott Street Scare,” agreed Wednesday evening was almost problem-free.
“Walking and talking with the public was well-received,” he said. “There was an excellent turnout, and the store owners made the trick-or-treaters feel welcome.
“And everybody did a good job putting [the Scott Street Scare] on,” he added.
Meanwhile, Cst. Howard called “Operation Pumpkin” a “success,” with only a few incidents reported on Gate Night (Tuesday).
“We had two egging incidents, and one incident of someone spray-painting swastikas on a garage,” he said.
More than 30 volunteers were involved in “Operation Pumpkin” this year, including North Air Services, the Rainy Lake Amateur Radio Club, Rainy River District School Board, Fort Frances Volunteer Bureau, and OPP auxiliary members.
The Rainy Lake Amateur Radio Club also co-ordinated patrols and reported calls with a set-up at the OPP detachment. School board volunteers monitored schools around town.
The former CN station served as a warm-up shelter for anyone out on patrol to drop by for some hot coffee.
Dryden and Ignace OPP also reported a clam evening Wednesday.