Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbour and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. Can you believe the weather? By the looks of it, I?m pretty sure ICBC?s weather machine is now up and running. Speaking of ?up and running,? I?ve been keeping a Top 10 list of things that you will never hear in Tumbler Ridge. Granted, most were not spoken, but they are not very far below the surface.

In David Letterman style, here?s the list. Ten things you will never hear in Tumbler…….

10) I just couldn?t find a thing at the Canadian Tire store in Dawson Creek today

9) Too many deer heads detract from the decor

8) Honey, did you mail that donation to P.E.T.A.?

7) So a Co-op?s a Store? Is there one in Dawson?

6) No Kids in the back of a pick-up, it?s just not safe.

5) We don?t keep firearms in the house.

4) Did you hear that Nicole Kidman was spotted in Tumbler?

3) I hear the bonspiel was going to be alcohol free.

2) Duct tape isn?t going to fix that.

1) Why do we need beer? I thought we were just going fishing. (Hunting, curling, hockey, across the street).

Special mention goes to the following..

A)Over here is our line of tofu products.

B)Did you remember to change you clock?

C) Nope, no more for me, I?m driving home.

OK, OK, let?s get to work. The Tumbler Ridge District Christmas party was held last night and I have just reviewed the files. In fact, there are no files related to the Christmas party. The event was very well planned and organized and went off without a hitch. It?s truly amazing what can be accomplished by a group of people working together instead of against each other. Good on you TR District.

Just a quick safety note. This is two weeks old but well worth the mention. While on patrol, the police have noted two storm drain covers removed. Some people call them man hole covers while others call them sewer lids. Either way, keep an eye out. By the way, this is a serious criminal offense and is covered off by Section 219 (1) (a) Criminal Code – Criminal Negligence. Every one is criminally negligent who (a) in doing anything (read-remove storm drain covers)…shows wanton or reckless disregard for the lives or safety of other persons. Make no mistake, if and when the culprits are apprehended, you can rest assured that they will be charged with Criminal Negligence.

Winter driving in the north is always a time of excitement. From where I sit, here is the biggest concern, rocks and mud on the highway. When service trucks pull onto to the highway from side roads, they usually drop mud and rocks onto the road. It?s this debris that gets kicked up, usually smashing out windows of passing vehicles. The highway contractors are well aware of this problem, and remove the debris as soon as it is noticed. Just be careful when meeting or passing other vehicles.

We have had a couple of calls of gas being siphoned from parked vehicles. The last call came from the Peace River Crescent area. Just so you know.

It?s that time of year for a check stops. In fact one was held last night with a ton of tickets issued and several vehicles impounded. Here?s an tid bit of information for you Trivial Pursuit types. For years that police have been challenged in the courts that Check Stops were unconstitutional. The argument was that the police were arbitrarily detaining people and this was a violation of a person?s freedom of movement. This argument went all the way to the Supreme Court and they ruled that checking people for a Driver?s License, Insurance and the like was ?reasonable? and that it was within the realm of public safety to do so. So if this question comes up, you can be a hero and get that little pie piece.