RCMP investigate truck fire

RCMP investigate truck fire Police are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire from early Monday morning. The Whitehorse RCMP and fire department were called to Diamond Way in Copper Ridge at approximately 4:45 a.m.

Police are investigating a suspicious vehicle fire from early Monday morning.

The Whitehorse RCMP and fire department were called to Diamond Way in Copper Ridge at approximately 4:45 a.m.

They found a 2012 Ford F350 pickup truck fully engulfed in flames.

Police have classified the fire as suspicious and are investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Whitehorse RCMP Detachment at 867-667-5551.

(Ashley Joanou)

Police warn of phone scam

Police are warning Yukoners about a scam involving people claiming to work for a computer repair service in an attempt to get personal information.

Yukon RCMP say the fraudster on the phone will claim they have found errors on a person’s computer.

“The caller attempts to obtain personal information or attempts to convince the recipient to purchase programs that will repair the errors,” police said in a statement.

Police offer these guidelines to help avoid falling victim to such scams:

* Always get independent advice if an offer involves money, personal information, time or commitment.

* There are no guaranteed get-rich-quick schemes – sometimes the only people who make money are the scammers.

* Do not hand over money or personal information, or sign anything until you have done your homework and checked the credentials of the company that you are dealing with.

* Never send money, or give credit card or online account details, to anyone you do not know or trust.

If you have received calls or messages that you think might be a scam, you can call the local RCMP or contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca or by calling 1-888-495-8501.

(Ashley Joannou)

Worker killed rounding up horses

The territory’s occupational health and safety officials are investigating the death of a horse wrangler who died Monday.

Arnold Johnson, 57, was working for an independent contractor rounding up wild horses near Kusawa Lake on Sunday, said government spokesperson Ron Billingham.

He died Monday at Whitehorse General Hospital.

The Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board said Johnson became tangled up with a horse and was seriously injured.

The investigation is still in its early stages and few details are being released, said spokesperson Richard Mostyn. More information will likely be available soon, he said.

Coroner Kirsten Macdonald said Johnson’s body has been sent for an autopsy and toxicology report.

(Ashley Joannou)

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