Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbour and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. I was involved in many a weird conversation last week and that got me to thinking. It seems that the older I get, the stranger the topics of discussion that I?m willing to entertain. Did you hear about that wild emu that was on the loose in Chetwynd? A very funny story, but since it happened on the dark side, they?ll have to tell the tale. (If you want me to tell you the tale, drop me a line, and I?ll write it in the Blotter, but I?ll make it even better.)

Then I had a conversation with the New Guy about love and marriage. Well, that didn?t last very long, but then we started to talk about all the people who were going crazy over the Lottery. Millions of dollars will change a person. They?ll buy a new car, a new house and probably walk around town like they got lots of money. And that?s when I thought I would give the New Guy a little fatherly advice. ?You know? I said, ?The first time you marry for love, the second time for money.? The New Guy looked at me and cocked his head to one side, kinda in the same way my dog does when I introduce a new word to her. I explained a little further, and he finally grabbed the concept. I?m just afraid that he is going to try and combine those principles and marry the first gal he meets who won two bucks on a scratch and win.

OK, let?s get at ?er. Tons of stuff this week, all very interesting and worthy of your attention. And oh my stars, the things I can?t tell you. Well, that would fill a book. And the things I have planned for the community, that would tickle you pink, but why wreck a good surprise?

Let?s talk about that missing plane that has been all over the news lately. A Cessna 185 (a small, single engine airplane) went missing on October 16, 2005. The pilot was heading from Alaska to Arizona, and stopped in Fort St. John to fuel up. The small plane was then heading to Williams Lake, however never made it. A call was received by Edmonton Flight Services, to report an over due aircraft. A five day search commenced and the aircraft was located about 75 kilometers due south of Tumbler Ridge. The final resting location of the wreckage was at around 6600 feet on the south side of a mountain.

The military is tasked with all air search and rescue. If there are no survivors, then the police, the Coroner?s Service, and the Provincial Emergency Preparedness (PEP) are responsible to recover any human remains. The military reported that there were no survivors, and thus plans were made locally to attend the scene. On October 27, 2005 the scene was attended and the body of the pilot, who was the sole occupant of the plane, was brought back to Tumbler Ridge. It was subsequently transported to Prince George where an autopsy will take place.

I just wanted to take a moment and thank Ridge Rotors for their help on this file. They kept an eye out for good weather and made themselves available at the drop of a hat. Their knowledge of the back country combined with their flight skills were directly responsible for the successful recovery.

A gun was located in the bush along Mackenzie Way by a person out for a walk. The gun turned out to be an old pellet gun with a bent barrel. The gun was useless unless you?re playing war.

A call was received from the Elementary School. They had their handicap sign stolen, pole and all. This is the second time that this has happened. Go figure.

A vehicle was located in town that appeared to be in poor mechanical shape. When the officer stopped the vehicle, sure enough it was on ?the system? as requiring an inspection. The vehicle was subsequently towed, the plates were seized and a $596 fine was issued. Just for your info…If you are given a piece of paper by the police to have your vehicle repaired. You better attend to the matter, otherwise it gets entered on ?the system.? And then when you least expect it, SURPRISE! Whose your daddy now? (That?s a funny line if you?re under 35 or so.)

A report was received that a logging truck lost a complete set of wheels at Fisher?s Junction. (This is on Highway 52E, aka the Boundary, aka the back way to Grande Prairie.) I?ve been searching like mad for the file, but can?t seem to put my finger on it. I?ll fill you in more next week.

A female was located driving a brand new car. This car had been reported earlier as suspicious. When the officer stopped the vehicle, it was found to be fraudulently obtained from a rental company in Edmonton. The officer arrested the driver and ran her name through ?the system.? She had 9 warrants for her arrest out of Dawson Creek and another dozen of so out of Grande Prairie. All warrants related to fraud, theft, false pretense (another name for fraud and theft), and fail to appear for court. She was held in custody and will answer to all of the charges in Dawson Creek.

Ho, ho ho. Hee hee hee. Little brown jug how I love thee! And that?s exactly the problem with this next file. Too much love for the little brown jug. A male driving a car performed an illegal u-turn in front of an officer driving a fancy RCMP cruiser. It?s easy to see how he could miss the car, it?s only bright white with reflective stickers, red and blue lights on top and enough antennas to look like a porcupine. Yep, he?s impaired. Gonna court. License suspended. Licking his wounds.

Speaking of ?the system.? A couple of officers from Vancouver are here this week performing an audit on our system. They?re checking to make sure that all of the information on ?the system? is correct and that none of it is made up. All right, who squealed? Me? Make something up? Impossible. I?m pretty sure you?re thinking of my evil twin brother. I was hired for my…for my um…good looks and attention to detail. Yeah, that?s it. Attention to detail.

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

Keep it between the ditches,

Cpl. Kurt Peats