Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter and what a week its been here in the Ridge. Do you remember that old saying that ?Bad things come in threes?? Well, I survived two so far, and I?m walking on egg shells waiting for number three to show itself. Number one happened last week. I was on my big comfy couch again, fading in and out of consciousness, thinking thoughts that I can?t remember now. I looked out the window and saw a figure standing at my door. Upon closer inspection it was the Grim Reaper. That?s right, I turned forty-something and have this feeling that the end is near. I stood there frozen, waiting for the Reaper to make a decision. In an instant there was a glimmer of light on his scythe, he turned and walked away. Made it.

The next day was the big birthday celebration. I saw ?celebration? because ?endurance? doesn?t quite fit. When you?re 15 and turn sweet 16, that?s a celebration. When you?re 59 and turn 60, that?s a celebration . That?s the day you get to apply for that first cheque from the government. Every year after that is pure joy. But when you?re in that mid-life range, running full tilt, all you want to do is get out of that fast lane and pull onto a gravel road. Number two, for me, was the giving and receiving of birthday cards. In our house, you never know what you?ll get. One year the outside of my card read, ?In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.? When the card was opened it read , ?So, what was it like back then?? Oh, hardy har har, very funny. This year, my first born gave me a card with a picture of a baby with a pot belly. Inside it read, ?I think pot bellies are cute. You are a stud and much better looking that all of Mom?s other men.? Who raised that smart alec kid?

OK, OK, let?s get to work and se what kept the boys busy this past week. Tumbler Ridge Detachment handled 32 files last week. Some good, some bad, some ugly.

Here?s a classic case of a government run around. There?s a jeep pickup that has been abandoned near the Moose Lake boat launch. No Plates, no registered owner, it was just bagged and dumped. Many calls were received about the eye sore, and arrangements were made to have it towed, but it has not been removed yet. Here?s the question, ?Who pays for the tow?? Since we do not know who owns it, no one is willing to take responsibility for the vehicle. Forestry states that they do not tow vehicles, they just cut trees. The Department of Transportation and Highways state that a Forest Service Road is not a ?Highway? and as such, will not pay to remove it. When everything is said and done, the Province is responsible. I?ve called Gordon Campbell for a ?PO? however he has not returned my call yet.

A window was broken at the High School by a rock. At present we do not know who threw the rock, however a few enquiries will be made. By the way, if you know who broke the window, please feel free to drop off an anonymous letter at the detachment. Or if you prefer, call crime stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

We have had three reports of deer being smacked on the Highway by vehicles. Minor damage to all vehicles, but not so minor to the animals. I guess it?s that time of year again. By the way, the last time I went to Dawson Creek, I saw a few bears out. Be careful.

I would like to introduce you to some Provincial legislation called the ?Mines Act.? This Act is full of rules and regulation regarding the operating of a mine on Crown land. It also makes it illegal for anyone to trespass on mine property. Bullmoose Mine is still considered ?active? and there a ton of man-made hazzards out there. A blue import pickup was seen on the security camera removing logs and cement blocks in order to gain access to the mine site. The vehicle had a flatdeck , there was a small fiberglass boat on top, and the doors of the truck were painted white. FYI, if you trespass on any mine sites in the area, you can expect to be charged.

Did you hear this one? Two guys walk into the Cold Beer and Wine store. The first guys grabs two cases of beer, and as he walks out, he says that the other guys is going to pay. The other guy gets to the till and surprise, surprise, he has no money. The first guy is eventually found and he comes back and pays for the beer. There were no charges in this instance, but I can?t help wonder what would have happened if plan ?A? didn?t backfire.

Last week there were two more 24 hour license suspensions and there were two impaired driving charges laid.

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

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats