Police beat: Impaired driver from Mount Forest runs into Kitchener train

KITCHENER – A Mount Forest woman is facing dangerous and impaired driving charges after a vehicle collided with a train here last weekend.

Waterloo Regional Police officials say that on March 9 at about 9:15pm, officers responded to reports of a motor vehicle on train tracks in the area of Charles Street East and Cameron Street South in Kitchener.

“The driver was observed striking a fire hydrant, hitting roadway curbs, and driving on the [light rail transit (LRT)] tracks, where a collision occurred with an occupied LRT train,” states a March 10 press release from Waterloo Regional Police.

Police say there were no injuries reported. 

A 54-year-old Mout Forest woman was charged with failing to remain at the scene of a collision, dangerous driving and impaired driving (alcohol). 

The woman (police did not identify her) is to appear in court on April 3.

Fatal house fire under investigation

GUELPH – The Ontario Fire Marshal and Guelph Police are investigating after two women died in a fire here on Monday.

Police say emergency crews responded to the house fire, near Edinburgh Road South and Wilsonview Avenue, after receiving a 911 call on March 11 at 12:40am.

“Emergency responders attended the scene, and the Guelph Fire Department was able to put out the fire,” states a press release from police.

“Sadly, two adult female residents of the home succumbed to injuries as a result of the fire. Two other occupants were able to escape and were treated at hospital for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.”

Guelph Police officials say the Ontario Fire Marshal’s office will be investigating with the assistance of police and the Guelph Fire Department.  

Woman arrested on nearly 80 fraud charges 

GUELPH – A Brampton woman faces nearly 80 fraud charges related to crimes in Guelph and elsewhere in the province. 

Guelph Police officials say that between May and July of 2022, a man and woman attended TD Canada Trust branches around southern Ontario, usually with one or more small children in attendance. 

“They opened bank accounts in false names and presented forged cheques from a well-known employer, claiming they needed cash urgently to feed their children and often causing the teller to waive the hold period,” police stated in a March 8 press release.

“The couple then attended ATMs and deposited more cheques, withdrawing as much cash as possible. The total loss to TD is estimated at more than $55,000. “

On March 7 a 25-year-old Brampton woman was arrested by another police service and returned to Guelph. She faces 77 charges including fraud and using forged documents. She was held for a bail hearing on March 8.

A 26-year-old Brampton man turned himself in to police in December and faces similar charges.

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Anyone with information about any of the above incidents can contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
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