Teen playing Pokemon game finds corpse instead

Teen playing Pokemon game finds corpse instead
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First posted: Saturday, July 09, 2016 08:16 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, July 09, 2016 08:24 PM EDT
The recently launched 'Pokemon Go' app, a new smartphone game based on cute Nintendo characters like Squirtle and Pikachu, led one of its Wyoming users to a site where she discovered a dead body.
Nineteen-year-old Shayla Wiggins says she was playing the game on Friday morning when she stumbled upon a man's body in the Wind River in Riverton, Wy.
The mobile game, which layers gameplay onto the physical world, encourages players to trek to prominent local landmarks to capture as many Pokemon as possible.
Wiggins says she was trying to get into the water underneath a bridge when she spotted the body face down in the river.
"It was pretty shocking," Wiggins told County 10 , "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."
Authorities say the man's death appears to be accidental.
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Police in Missouri say teens used Pokemon Go to rob victims
First posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 12:43 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016 12:47 AM EDT
O'FALLON, Mo. -- Police in Missouri say four teens robbed victims after luring them to a specific location using the new Pokemon Go smartphone game.
Police said Sunday that four teens used the game to draw victims to a spot in O'Fallon, just outside of St. Louis, and then robbed them.
The recently released game sends players to locations to collect various creatures. Police say the robbers used the game to lure victims by putting a "beacon" at a location to draw in players.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports police arrested the four teens after responding to a call for a robbery near a gas station Sunday. The suspects are between the ages of 16 and 18.
Police said the suspects may have been involved in similar robberies around St. Louis.
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Pokemon Go leading players to dead bodies, causing accidents
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First posted: Monday, July 11, 2016 04:40 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 11, 2016 06:54 PM EDT
A new video game in which players try to capture cartoon creatures using their smartphone is getting couch potatoes outside, but not always with positive results. They're getting in accidents, getting robbed and one even stumbled on a dead body.
Shayla Wiggens, 19. spotted a man's body in the Wind River in Wyoming on Friday while playing Pokemon Go, which encourages players to trek to prominent local landmarks to capture as many Pokemon as possible.
Police are still investigating how the man died.
It comes as police in Missouri say four teens used Pokemon Go to lure victims to a location and rob them.
Police said the boys put out a "beacon" to draw victims to a remote spot in O'Fallon, just outside of St. Louis, and then robbed them.
Go Pokemon became the top grossing app in the iPhone app store just days after its release last week.
But so many people wandering the real world with their eyes glued to their smartphone screens has also led to more than a few spills.
Kyrie Tompkins, a 22-year-old freelance web designer, fell on the sidewalk and twisted her ankle while wandering in downtown Waterville, Maine, on Thursday night.
"It vibrated to let me know there was something nearby and I looked up and just fell in a hole," she says. Her parents had to drive her and her fiance home.
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Holocaust Museum: Stop catching Pokemon here!
Andrea Peterson, Washington Post
First posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 04:07 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 06:12 PM EDT
WASHINGTON - Almost everywhere you turn, it seems, people have their eyes glued to smartphone screens playing Pokemon Go. Since its launch last week, the app has quickly become a cultural phenomenon that has fans of all ages hunting around their neighbourhoods for collectible digital creatures that appear on players' screens as they explore real-world locations.
But there's at least one place that would really like to keep Pokemon out: the Holocaust Museum.
The museum, along with many other landmarks, is a PokeStop within the game - a place where players can get free in-game items. There are three PokeStops associated with various parts of the museum.
"Playing the game is not appropriate in the museum, which is a memorial to the victims of Nazism," Andrew Hollinger, the museum's communications director, told The Post. "We are trying to find out if we can get the museum excluded from the game."
The Holocaust Museum's plight highlights how apps that layer a digital world on top of the real one can create awkward situations, especially since the owners of the physical locations often cannot weigh in on how their spaces are being used.
One image circulating online appears to show a player encountering an unsettling digital critter inside the museum: a Pokemon called Koffing that emits poisonous gas floating by a sign for the museum's Helena Rubinstein Auditorium. The auditorium shows the testimonials of Jews who survived the gas chambers.
The image, which appears to have originated from a now-deleted post on the photo-sharing site imgur, might be a hoax: That particular Pokemon didn't appear nearby when this Post reporter visited the museum Monday afternoon, although the specific Pokemon that appears in each location does vary from time to time. Hollinger said that the museum is concerned about the potential Koffing appearance.
Niantic did not immediately respond to inquiries about the alleged Koffing sighting or if there was any way to honour the Holocaust Museum's request to stop Pokemon from popping up inside its building.
Hollinger stressed that the museum is generally pro-technology and encourages visitors to use social media to share how their experiences with the exhibits moved them. "But this game falls very much outside that," he said.
On Monday afternoon, there were plenty of people inside the museum who seemed to be distracted from its haunting exhibits as they tried to "catch 'em all," as the Pokemon slogan goes. A player even used a lure module, a beacon that attracts Pokemon to a specific PokeStop, on the museum's marker - making double-headed bird-like creatures dubbed Doduos and rodent-like Rattatas practically swarm on users' screens.
The player behind the lure, a 30-year-old visiting from North Carolina named Dustin who declined to share his last name with The Post for privacy reasons, was excited to catch a crustacean-like Krabby while waiting in the museum's lobby with a group of friends to pick up tickets for a scheduled tour.
Although the museum is uncomfortable with its Pokemon infestation, most of the players building up their digital critter collection inside the building at least didn't seem to mean any disrespect.
"It's not like we came here to play," said Angie, a 37-year-old member of Dustin's group who also declined to share her last name for privacy reasons, "But gotta catch 'em all."
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Cemetery asks Pokemon players to stay off game
By Nick Westoll , Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:05 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 06:12 PM EDT
The sudden, meteoric rise of the new Pokémon Go app is having some unintended negative consequences.

There have been reports of app users following the game into solemn spaces.

In the United States, the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., had to ask users not to participate inside the museum out of respect for Holocaust victims and their families.

Locally there has been a report of players entering Pine Hills Cemetery near Kennedy Rd. and St. Clair Ave. E. in Scarborough to find a game location at the veterans’ section.

A cemetery spokesman told the Toronto Sun Wednesday that although he wasn’t aware of an incident, cemetery staff are asking visitors to refrain from using the game on the grounds in honour of the veterans.

The app was released on July 6 and re-imagines the vintage game on iPhones and Android phones.

It encourages gamers to find and ‘catch’ characters in real life locations using their phones.

The app itself hasn’t been officially launched in Canada, so users have had to find ways to work around the restriction.

Staff from the HMCS York naval reserve in downtown Toronto are cautioning people from trespassing onto the base.

“A friendly reminder that we will catch you before you can catch #PokemonGO at a @CanadianForces base,” a post on Twitter read.

Meanwhile, police services in Ontario are starting to field complaints about gamers using their phones.

The Greater Sudbury Police have found drivers and pedestrians being distracted by the app, creating an increased collision risk, a spokeswoman told the Sun.

Representatives from Toronto, Peel and York Police said they weren’t aware of similar concerns locally.

However, Ontario’s minister of transportation weighed in with a Pokémon-related message for people on foot trying to “catch ‘em all.”

“Don’t be a pidgeot. Look where you’re walking and keep your head up when crossing the street,” Del Duca said on Twitter.

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Auschwitz memorial says playing 'Pokemon Go' not allowed
First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:53 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 02:08 PM EDT
WARSAW, Poland -- The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum says it does not allow people to play Pokemon Go on their smartphones during visits to the former German death camp because it is "disrespectful."
Museum spokesman Pawel Sawicki told The Associated Press on Wednesday that its authorities are asking game producers to exclude the site of the former Nazi German death camp from games.
He said allowing such games to be active on the authentic grounds of the former death camp is "disrespectful to the memory of the victims of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp on many levels and it is absolutely inappropriate."
The museum is a site of commemoration for the estimated 1.1 million people killed in Auschwitz-Birkenau and to the survivors who suffered as camp inmates. Most of the victims were European Jews who perished in the gas chambers, but there were also Poles, Roma, Soviet prisoners of war and others.
Pokemon Go is a hugely popular new reality game that uses GPS and allows players to search locations in the real world to find virtual little creatures.
Earlier in the day the Auschwitz memorial wrote on Twitter: "Do not allow playing #PokemonGO on the site of our Memorial and similar places. It's disrespectful on many levels."
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'Pokemon Go' nude selfies? Of course it's a thing
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First posted: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:35 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 01:51 PM EDT
It didn't take long to make the latest gaming fad X-rated.
Naughty gamers caught up in the Pokemon Go craze have taken to posting nude selfies , featuring Pokemon characters in suggestive places.
The new game allows players to take photos with their phones as they hunt for virtual Pokemon characters in the real world.
The biggest star in the nude selfie trend is a phallic-looking Pokemon called Diglett, who has shown up in several pics, strategically placed you-know-where.
The trend has gotten so far as to get its own sub-category on Reddit.
The Peekanude selfies are just the latest in a string of controversies since Pokemon was launched in the U.S. and other select countries last week. It's not available in Canada yet.
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Police forces across Canada warn of risks involved with playing Pokemon Go
First posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016 01:44 PM EDT
TORONTO -- Police forces across Canada are warning of the risks involved in playing augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go as reports mount of people getting injured or landing in trouble as they play the wildly popular game.
The cellphone-based game sends players into the real world to search for digital monsters known as Pokemon, who appear on screen when users hold up their iPhones or Android devices in various locations at various times.
While not officially released in Canada yet, many residents have found workarounds to access the game, which has become a blockbuster hit since launching in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan last week.
Police forces, however, are worried about the game luring people into potentially dangerous situations and are cautioning players to use their common sense.
In Quebec City, police said two officers suffered minor injuries when a car they observed driving strangely reversed into their cruiser in a parking lot.

"The driver said 'I'm sorry, I was playing Pokemon Go," said Const. Nancy Roussel, who said police are calling on players to be aware of their surroundings.

"Be careful, watch out, even if you are in a car, on your feet or on a bicycle, be careful and watch where you're going, please."

Every time the Pokemon Go app is opened, a warning from game maker Niantic pops up, telling players to be aware of their surroundings. Players must also agree to fine print saying they cannot enter private property without permission.

There's also a disclaimer that says Niantic is not liable for any property damage, injuries or deaths that result while playing.

But despite the warnings, some people playing the game have wandered into private yards, driveways, cemeteries and, in one U.S. case, even an off-limits police parking lot in search of the app's cartoon monsters.

In Vancouver, police have observed the game's colourful digital characters inside their own headquarters and have cautioned city residents over what they termed the "the Pokemon Go invasion."

"Are you about to step into traffic? Are you going to crash into someone or something? You could end more than just your game," they said. "It is very easy for any stranger to know your gathering spots. Make sure you go with a group, and that younger kids tell parents or another adult where they're going."

Some police forces have also been employing the hashtag ‚DontCatchAndDrive" as players roam community streets.

"Please do not look for¥Pokemon while driving. If you've gotta catch 'em all, do so safely.¥DontCatchAndDrive," tweeted Edmonton police.

Winnipeg police and Manitoba RCMP sent out similar missives, urging players to be responsible.

In Ontario, provincial police have put out a short video on Twitter in response to the "potential risk and harm" they are seeing related to the game.

"People are getting injured, people in the U.S. are having their cellphones stolen when they show up at given locations where Pokemon are supposed to be in hiding," said Sgt. Dave Rektor.

The cops aren't the only ones issuing warnings -- Montreal's metropolitan transportation agency has asked riders to respect safety rules when going in search of Pokemon near it's facilities, posting a photograph of one of the game's monsters by a railway track as a train approaches.

South of the border, police in the U.S. have cautioned players that trespassers could get arrested or worse, especially if they cross paths with an armed property owner.

In Utah, a teen was slapped with a trespassing ticket that he worries could cost him up to $200 after he and a couple of friends went on an early morning Pokemon chase at an abandoned grain silo.

Meanwhile, in western Pennsylvania, one woman told a local TV station that her 15-year-old daughter was hit by a car while playing the game and crossing a busy highway. The girl was hospitalized with an injured collarbone and foot, as well as cuts and bruises, her mother said.

-- with files from the Associated Press
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Me and my neighbour were out playing his Pokemon Go game in the early hours of the morning the other day. We didn't return to our flats until about 5am when it was daylight. A street map of the local area appears on the screen and there are flashing symbols at certain locations at the map that are where monsters are and you have to actually physically walk to the location on the map to do battle with a monster there. We fought monsters down scary, dark back streets, in Heywood Park and in front of the church (which is only around 100 yards from our flats). It's brilliant. A computer game which keeps you fit.
Video: Two Pokemon Go players fall off cliff in San Diego

Two men were hurt after they plunge off a cliff while playing Pokemon Go. KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez has the story.

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POKEMON GO FAIL: Man Falls In Pond Trying To Catch ‘Em All


Add this pond to the running list of places you should not play Pokemon Go.

The good news is this guy seems to take getting soaked while trying to catch some Pokemon pretty well.

“Holy $#!%, I didn’t know that was water,” says the man. “That was funny.”

Close call. Dude was almost PokeGone.

POKEMON GO FAIL: Man Falls In Pond Trying To Catch 'Em All
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A group of teenage boys who entered an underground cave network to search for Pokemon got stuck 100ft below ground.

The "glum and embarrassed" foursome had to be rescued after entering the complex, known as the Box mines, in Hawthorn, Wiltshire.

They had entered while playing smash hit smartphone game Pokemon Go, where users search real-life locations for digital creatures.

One member called for help when he "miraculously" found a phone signal.

The caves cover an area of about 72 square miles.

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ISIS is watching this in amazement of how easy it is to kill these people.
Pokemon is normal
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Pokemon is normal

"Pokemon" is an old Japanese word for "cash flow"
Florida Man shoots at 'Pokemon Go' players outside house
First posted: Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:19 AM EDT | Updated: Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:45 AM EDT
PALM COAST, Fla. -- Authorities say a Florida man fired shots at two late-night "Pokemon Go" players in a car outside his house but no one was injured.
Flagler County Sheriff's Office spokesman James Troiano says in a news release that the homeowner awoke to a noise outside about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and saw a car sitting in the road in front of his house. He told authorities he got a handgun and approached the vehicle.
Troiano says the two teens in the car sped away and the man fired several shots at them.
Later that morning, he says, the mother of one of the teens called the sheriff's office when they realized the car had a flat tire and several bullet holes in it. She told officials the two had been playing the smartphone app.
The release says the investigation is ongoing.
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Wynne advises Pokemon Go players to look up from their phones at intersections
The Canadian Press
First posted: Monday, July 18, 2016 11:19 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 18, 2016 05:48 PM EDT
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is advising Pokemon Go players to keep their eyes off their phones when walking, especially at intersections.
Wynne says she always advised her children to make eye contact with drivers when crossing the road, and points out you can't do that if you're looking down at your phone.
She says it's really about common sense, and people understanding that they can put themselves at risk by focusing on their phone instead of their surroundings.
The province last week dismissed a request from the city of Toronto to amend the Highway Traffic Act to ban people from texting while walking on roads, saying the city could pass its own bylaw if it wanted to.
Wynne says she's only interested in regulations and bylaws that are enforceable, suggesting she thinks it's impossible to actually stop people from texting, emailing or playing games on their phones while walking.
Pokemon Go officially became available in Canada on Sunday, but many users had already figured out how to download the app, which superimposes animated characters onto a map-like interface using the video camera in smartphones.
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Do you have a life beyond Facebook and YouTube?

BTW you can add a rape in New Westminster to poke and go follies.
Don't 'lure' Pokeman GO players to Sick Kids
By Aaron D'Andrea , Toronto Sun
First posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:26 AM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 11:52 AM EDT
Pokemon Go is a no-go at Sick Kids. The Hospital for Sick Children is asking players not to drop “lures” at the facility after the widely popular smartphone game was officially released in Canada on Sunday. “Our patients are some of the sickest in Ontario and may be going through a very difficult time in their lives. We ask that individuals respect their privacy and the hospital space,” the hospital tweeted Monday. Pokemon GO allows players to jump into the real world to try and catch various Pokemon across the city. Players of the augmented reality game can drop “Lure Modules” to attract creatures for capture at different “PokeStops” in the game.
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Frenchman caught in Indonesian military base hunting Pokemon
First posted: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 02:40 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 02:51 PM EDT
JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Indonesian police say they detained a Frenchman who trespassed on a military base while playing the augmented reality game Pokemon Go.
A spokesman for West Java police said that Romain Pierre, 27, was caught at a checkpoint on Monday evening after initially running away when challenged by security guards at the military complex in Cirebon.
Pierre was released a few hours later because it became apparent "he unintentionally entered the complex as he was hunting Pokemon while jogging," the police spokesman, Col. Yusri Yunus, said Tuesday.
Pokemon Go, which uses Google Maps and a smartphone to overlay reality with Pokemon creatures, has been a blockbuster hit in the U.S. and other countries where it is available. It has not been officially released in Indonesia but is already popular.
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung told reporters last week he had captured a number of Pokemon at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
The governor of Jakarta has said it could be used to boost tourism to the city.
But some security officials have voiced worries that the game could pose a security threat.
Police said Pierre works for a company in Jakarta and was visiting Cirebon, about 190 kilometres (118 miles) east of the capital.
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We had a cluster of geeky Pokemon players shuffle by on the street on Monday evening, noses presssed in their I-Phones. My son tells me that there is a (pokey?) in the Canada Post Super-Duper box that was installed, nearby. That ought to be enough to make CUPW walk out.
You think if people were stupid enough they can be tricked into going to government places?

Like say you know the super secret base that wolverine is trapped at right now. Why not send some dumb kid to the base and through some crazy coincidence magically rescue the x man from experimentation?
Pokemon Go spoof warning video irks TTC
By Nick Westoll , Toronto Sun
First posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 01:30 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 06:55 PM EDT
A new spoof video targeting Pokemon Go app users is facing backlash from the TTC. The video entitled “Pokemon Go Problems” shows comedian Mark Correia bumping into things and entering non- public spaces, including the tracks at Union Station, because he is on his phone playing the game. Another scene shows Correia’s hand getting stuck in subway doors. TTC spokesman Brad Ross called Correia’s actions on the TTC “baffling beyond description” and said the comic could have been struck by a train or electrocuted. “The TTC is not a film studio — it is a transit system,” Ross said Wednesday, adding Correia, along with the movie’s producer, Jason D’Souza, should have called staff to arrange for access to film.
Correia told the Toronto Sun that TTC officials are ultimately right.
“It’s a dangerous and stupid thing to do, that was the point ... to outline that,” Correia said. “Don’t do it. We’re not telling people to jump on these tracks.”
He said he was only on the tracks for as long as it is shown in the video and that he went to track level right after a subway train left the station.
Correia said he was inspired to make the video after seeing a Pokemon Go meet-up near the waterfront.
“I thought it would be funny to see a Pokemon Go player walk into the water — and it probably could happen — that’s how it started,” he said, referencing that exact situation in the movie.
The video was filmed on Monday and posted on YouTube on Tuesday.
“(The movie) is more about being cut off from life entirely and missing everything around you,” Correia said.
Response to the video has been evenly split, according to Correia, with some criticizing their approach and satire while others say they see a similar type of behaviour in their friends.
Meanwhile, Ross said the matter is still under investigation by the TTC.
He said the point isn’t about issuing a fine or laying a charge, but hopes the story will encourage passengers to think about their safety, and that of other transit users.
“I understand what they were attempting to do by making this video, but they went about it in completely the wrong way,” he said.

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'Lives in jeopardy': Montreal police intervene after rare Pokemon appears at downtown square
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First posted: Thursday, July 21, 2016 02:18 PM EDT | Updated: Thursday, July 21, 2016 02:30 PM EDT
Montreal police were called to intervene after hundreds of Pokémon GO players congregated at Cabot Square, a downtown parkette next to a subway station, Wednesday night to catch a rare Pokémon.
Police received numerous 911 calls due to the sound volume and the fact that the crowd was standing in the street blocking traffic, said André Leclerc, a spokesperson for the Montreal police.
"These people were blocking the street and even putting their own lives in jeopardy by running (into the street) for those Pokémon," said Leclerc. "They could have caused accidents, so we were forced to intervene."
Police were on the scene from 11:30 p.m. until about 2 a.m., said Leclerc. Officers closed the park and encouraged the crowd to leave when it became clear they were causing too much of a disturbance.
If such incidents continue, Leclerc said the police will return to the site to break up the gathering.
"If there's a commotion or loud groups in the street, disturbing the peace, we will be active," said Leclerc. "If it repeats, we're going to intervene again."
The square is popular among players for the amount of Pokéstops in the area, which can be used to refuel on items or place lures to attract Pokémon.
The Pokémon that appeared was reportedly a Dragonite.
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Canadian teens playing Pokemon Go detained after crossing U.S. border
First posted: Friday, July 22, 2016 06:00 PM EDT | Updated: Friday, July 22, 2016 06:05 PM EDT
HELENA, Mont. -- U.S. Border Patrol officials say two Canadian teenagers were briefly apprehended after they accidentally crossed the U.S. border into Montana while playing the game "Pokemon Go."
Border Patrol Agent John South says the teens were engrossed and wandered into the United States.
South says agents detained them while contacting their mother, who was nearby on the Canadian side.
The agents then released the children to their mother.
South on Friday declined to release the teenagers' names, ages or describe what sort of terrain they crossed.
He says they were detained Thursday near Sweet Grass, Montana, which borders the town of Coutts in Canada's Alberta province.
"Pokemon Go" is a game in which players go to different locations to find virtual characters that appear on their cellphones.
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Pokemon GO has made people jumping out of their bed's all of a sudden. Now a dead body, next someone is going to find Area 51.
Darwin would love Pokemon

By Mike Strobel , Toronto Sun
First posted: Sunday, July 24, 2016 07:05 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2016 07:10 PM EDT
KAGAWONG - Mercifully, the Pokemon plague has so far spared Manitoulin Island.
Up here atop Lake Huron, folks with their eyes downcast are checking for poison ivy or moose tracks, not for Internet critters on their smartphones.
It’s one of the many charms of this place. Islanders have their heads in the real world, not in a virtual one like Pokemon Go.
In all the years I’ve come up here, I’ve never seen a wexter — a walking texter — on the sidewalks of Kagawong, Gore Bay or Little Current. On Yonge St. or Dundas Square that’s ALL you see.
No Kagawongian ever walks blindly into a signpost, collides with another islander, or topples blithely off the village dock, except perhaps at the wilder Haweater Weekend parties.
Reports from the outside world, however, are downright spine-chilling.
Pokemon Go, the “game” by which players use their phone’s GPS and maps to search for 150 virtual creatures such as Igglybuff, Smoochum and Squirtle, suddenly has more users than Twitter and is even more dangerous.
If you think Donald Trump tweets like a pirate, wait’ll he gets his fingers on Pokemon Go.
Nintendo has given birth to a whole new subspecies of sidewalk zombies, more annoying and self-absorbed than ever. Pokemon Go players have stampeded through Central Park and invaded graveyards and Holocaust memorials.
They have been chased from the grounds of the presidential palace in Indonesia. Saudi Arabia has issued a fatwa against the game — I hate to think what they’ll cut off if you’re caught — partly because it is seen to espouse the heresy of Evolution.
I’ll say it does. Pokemon Go is Charles Darwin at work cleaning the gene pool, editing out those slugs among us who cannot walk, chew gum, stare at their phone, and stay alive at the same time.
Proponents of Pokemon Go claim it is getting people off their couches and into the fresh air, but really it is just enforcing the Law of Natural Selection. Expect Pokemon players to dominate this year’s Darwin Awards, which honour idiotic, self-inflicted deaths.
Pokemon Go players face a double peril. Not only are they fixated on their phone screens like regular sidewalk zombies, but the game is leading them into greater danger.
On Tuesday night, a young woman chased a virtual Pokemon “creature” high up a tree in a New Jersey cemetery and had to be rescued by firefighters.
On Friday, U.S. border officers nabbed two oblivious Alberta teens who chased a Pokemon into Montana.
Players were relieved of their phones by muggers in Ottawa and Belleville and shot and stabbed by robbers from Guatemala to Missouri to North Carolina.
They have been run over while crossing the street in Pennsylvania and they have plowed into a police cruiser in Baltimore.
Two of them walked off a cliff in California. “I think people just need to realize this is a game,” San Diego sheriff’s department Sgt. Rich Eaton mused to the L.A. Times. “It’s not worth your life. No game is worth your life.” They know that, in commonsense places like Kagawong.
Why risk your neck crashing about the bush in pursuit of Swoobat, Skitty or Jigglypuff? Why not just wait until a trail camera picks ’em up?
Besides, deer season is barely two months away and there is nothing virtual about a 12-point buck.
A Pokemon might be cute. But you can’t eat it.
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Newmarket woman charged with shooting at Pokemon Go players
York cops seize pellet gun
By Daniel McKenzie , Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, July 25, 2016 04:29 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 25, 2016 04:41 PM EDT
A Newmarket woman is facing charges after allegedly shooting at Pokemon Go players with a pellet gun.
York Regional Police received a 911 call on Saturday at about 10:30 p.m. about a woman on a rooftop who was shooting at people playing the popular smartphone game near Main St. S. and Water St. in Newmarket.
When officers arrived, they were directed to a two-storey apartment building where witnesses said the woman was shooting from.
“Officers attended the suspect’s residence inside the apartment building and she was taken into custody without further incident and the pellet gun was seized,” police said Monday. “It is believed that the suspect fired at least four shots at the people playing Pokemon Go, but none were struck and there were no injuries.”
Patricia Champagne, 29, is charged with assault with a weapon and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.
Police said they have received a number of calls from residents in York Region concerned about groups gathering in public places and confirmed that in most cases, it turns out to be people playing Pokemon Go.
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Pokemon Go leads to duckling rescue
A Rochester, New York man playing Pokemon Go comes across ducklings stuck in sewer drain. TWC’s Breanna Russ has the story.
Jul 25, 2016, 2:22 PM
Pokemon Go leads to duckling rescue
Canadian Armed Forces warn Pokemon Go users after 'occurrences' on three bases
First posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 03:50 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 04:18 PM EDT
HALIFAX -- The Canadian Armed Forces are warning Pokemon Go players -- both in and out of uniform -- not to play on military property.
A spokesperson said military police have reported "Pokemon Go occurrences" at three bases -- CFB Borden and 22 Wing North Bay in Ontario, and 14 Wing Greenwood in Nova Scotia -- within the first week of the game's release.
The military is urging players to refrain from trying to enter defence establishments without authorization "for the purposes of searching for Pokemon."
Officials at CFB Halifax sent a memo reminding defence employees that roaming the base with their head down while playing the game "can look suspicious to others who are not aware of this phenomena."
The memo cautions military members that duty officers will respond to "suspicious activity" including: wandering the base while staring at phones, hopping fences to get into controlled sites, or abandoning vehicles on the side of the road to gain access to the base.
Natasha Leduc, assistant public affairs officer for the base, said the augmented-reality game has not yet been banned, but military personnel and civilians are discouraged from playing near defence establishments.
Canadian Armed Forces warn Pokemon Go users after 'occurrences' on three bases |

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