Hello again, and welcome back. Since the last report, Tumbler Ridge Detachment has responded to 33 additional calls for service. I will touch upon a few of the highlights, or should I say lowlights.

Now that it is hunting season, we have fielded several calls of “found Moose carcasses.” The Conservation Officer from Dawson Creek has assisted in the investigation, and it appears as though all moose taken so far have been harvested legally.

It looks as if a trend is developing regarding thefts in the bush. The first report occurred on the Bearhole Forest Service Road. Someone stole some axes and various other firefighting equipment from some heavy equipment that was parked for the night.In a second incident someone one stole a 2004 Honda Quad. The Quad was “hidden” in the bush for the night, however it seems that it was not hidden good enough. This quad is green in color, and only has very few kilometers.

A call of a break and enter was received where some oilfield testing equipment was stolen from a house. Stolen was a 99 channel radio, along with some Hydrogen Sulfide detection equipment in an orange case and some monitoring equipment. This equipment is valued between $6,000 and $10,000. Anyone with information on this or any other crime is encouraged to call the local detachment at 242-5252 or call crime stoppers at 1-800-665-8477.

One of the benefits of living in Tumbler Ridge is that when a call is received, we have access to provincial agencies with all types of expertise. A. lot of work goes on behind the scenes, that rarely gets reported on. This happened when a report was received of two overdue males who were canoeing near Kinuseo Falls. When a call of this nature is received, a provincial agency known as PEP (Provincial Emergency Preparedness) is contacted, and preparation is made to conduct a search and rescue mission, or a search and recovery mission. One of PEP’s main rolls is “The keeper of the purse.” They have the ability to order in helicopters, river boats or whatever equipment is necessary in order to accomplish the task. All of this was taking place when a second call was received that the overdue people had arrived safely home.

The local Detachment is working with the Ministry of Human Resources on a Fraud case. A mail in jail was able to get a loan to buy and sell a house. There is some small print out there somewhere that says this is a No, No. I’m sure that once we complete this investigation, back to jail is where the male will Go, GO.

The police received a call of seven intoxicated people drinking under the Flatbed Creek bridge. However by the time the police arrived, these individuals were long gone. We’re not sure if they were swept away in the river, or if they just went back to their campsite. But since we did not receive any missing persons report, I guess the latter prevails.

Every week it seems as though someone makes prank 9-1-1 calls, or uses it inappropriately. Both happened this past week. Just so you know…

Noise complaints also seem to be on the rise. Five calls were fielded that ranged from firecrackers, to youths yelling to a male yelling in a residence. The municipal bylaw reads, “No person shall make or cause, or permit to be made or caused, any noise that disturbs the quiet, peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of a person or persons in the vicinity.” The Bylaw goes on to state that all is to be quiet from 11 pm to 8 am the following morning. The bylaw is well written and covers a wide spectrum of instances. I think I will write a column that speaks to this in the future.

A local male was accosted by five other males in the wee hours of the morning near the Rec. Center. It appears as though the lone male had caused some problems in town and was just being “told” to smarten up. I hope he listens.

The police received a call of 10 people gathering on Cottonwood Crescent. Some had baseball bats, and some had their shirts off, but I don’t think it was a baseball game starting as it was 3:15 AM. All scattered when they saw the cruiser come around the corner. It looks as though the health clinic was spared a call-out.

We have an ever-growing collection of bicycles that get turned into the detachment. If you are missing one, drop by, chance are real good that it is here. For your information, bikes are only kept for a period of 90 days, and then they are disposed of.

I suppose I should go now and meet some new friends.

Until next time, Keep it between the ditches. Cpl. Kurt Peats