Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week it?s been here in the Ridge. Half a lifetime ago, I signed up to rid the world of crime and/or evil. I spent nearly twenty years responding to complaints and the like, and I?m very much aware of how the ?complaint process? works. Now I have a complaint. As you know, I make my living with words, and as such I have this love-hate relationship with my word processor. The feature I like most is the spell check option. (I grew up ?hooked on phonics? and the word ?kat? looks good to me.) I usually type the word RCMP many times a day, and the problem is that my word processor does not recognize this. Do you know what suggestion they give to replace the word RCMP….. rectum. That?s right, it?s that nasty little word that you can?t say in mixed company. I beginning to think that the computer programmers have an ?agenda? against the Queen?s Cowboys. So I was going to call Bill Gates and lodge a complaint, but just then I emptied my coffee cup and after I refilled it, I forgot what I was all so uptight about. Anyways, I now know how all the old folks in town feel….real good intentions to write a letter, but the ?Price Is Right? is just so darn interesting, and after watching Bob Barker give away all that cash, well, the edge is long gone and so is intention.

I want to start off with a call that we received last Sunday night. At 9 pm on January 30, 2005 the police received a call of an assault. A witness was walking along Sukunka Avenue when he came upon a domestic dispute in progress. A male was arguing with a female along the side of the road. As the witness came closer, he saw the male hit the female with a pipe or a board. The female was hit on the back, between her shoulders. The male then physically picked up the female and threw her into a black Ford pickup and drove away. The witness was only able to get a partial license plate. The police patrolled the area for a considerable amount of time, however the couple were never located. Checks were made with local Health Centre, however they have no record of treating anyone for this type of injury.

Now, it?s your turn. The truck is described as a 2000-2003 black Ford Pickup. On the back window of the truck, in white lettering was the word ?Ford.? The interior light of the truck was blue in color, not the regular white light. The truck had over-sized tires probably about 24 inches in size. The rear license plate, instead of being bolted to the bumper, was hanging below the bumper.

The male is described as wearing a red-and-white or a black-and-white work type jacket. He is in his thirties or so, but it was very dark and hard to see.

The female is described as 5 foot 4 inches tall, slight build with dirty blonde hair, about a 110 pounds or so. She was wearing a white t-shirt and black jeans or black spandex type pants. If anyone knows who this might be, please call the local Detachment of the RCMP at (250)242-5252.

If you are the female involved in this, please call us, we can help. If you prefer, there are several agencies in town whose mandate is to help. Please call the Safe Home program, (250)242-5505 or call the police based Victim Services program at (250)242-5252. You can call us, anytime, day or night.

A trapper?s cabin along the Murray River was broken into sometime over the Christmas period. A padlock was cut off the outer door and the inner door was kicked in. The suspects stole several sleeping bags, a flashlight and an axe. On the ?new material only? tag on each sleeping bag was written the name ?Nicole? and ?Megan.? If you have information on this break and enter, please feel free to call Crime Stoppers at 1-877-222-8477. We?d love to give you some cash to solve this one.

At the end of January a contractor from Alberta came to the office to report a theft. The contractor works in the oil and gas industry and two of his employees were working in the bush, South of town. The workers were staying at the local Inn, when they were advised by phone that they were fired. As a result the workers left with equipment that belonged to the contractor. Stolen was a 372 XP Husky chainsaw with a 24 inch bar, an axe, hard hats, visors, miscellaneous chainsaw parts, and a fuel tank. Total value of items taken around the $2,000 mark. This one is not that hard to figure out…we?ll catch the bad guys soon.

Over the past week, four people, or four groups of people had their booze confiscated as it was being kept unlawfully. The BC Liquor Act is very specific about where people can consume liquor, in fact there are only two places where you can legally consume liquor, in your home or in a licensed establishment. There are provisions to consume liquor outside of these venues, however you can get a ?Special Occasion License.?

Let?s talk about the ?in your home? provision. ?In your home? means your residence, in your camper, or in your hotel/motel room. That?s it. Period. You can?t drink in your car, walking along the road, out snowmobiling or quadding, out golfing, hunting, at the gravel pit, at a bush party or hiking in the middle of nowhere. Can you get a Special Occasion License for any of these activities? NO! And don?t ask for one unless your Momma wears army boots, chews snuff and has no teeth.

Speaking of booze, let?s talk about the upcoming graduation for our grade 12 students. I would love to have a dry grad. I spoke with ICBC and they have a ton of cash, just waiting to be given away. I was thinking of playing some laser tag and some paint ball games, giving away a bunch of MP-3 players, maybe even an I-Pod or two, a few Cd players and the like. How about horseback riding, and repelling down the side of a building. How does that sound for a start? Why don?t we plan on having a fun grad that everyone will remember, instead of calling out the staff at the Health Centre to deal with several cases of alcohol poisoning? If the grad class calls me, I would be pleased to work with you to secure funding and to help plan the event.

We?ll talk again next week, the good Lord willing.

Keep it between the Ditches,

Cpl. Kurt Peats