Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

(Up to September 30, 2006)

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter and what a week it?s been here in the Ridge. I?ve just returned from a week of meetings at Prince George. The meetings dealt with policing issues that are coming down the pipe, and the impacts that these issues will have upon the police and the community as a whole. Let me tell you, some impacts are very positive, and others just leave you shaking your head.

As a result, I think that it?s high time that we had another community meeting.

If you have not had the opportunity to attend one of these meetings, you should try it. I promise not to talk so much and will spend most of the meeting in a question and answer session. To the best of my ability, I will answer any question that you might have. Just be careful if you ask me questions about money or love: you just might end up broke and lonesome.

I am also very interested in hearing what your concerns are for the upcoming year. What would you like the police to concentrate on? What specific areas would you like to see increased enforcement? This meeting will be the basis on which Tumbler Ridge detachment will set its priorities for the upcoming year.

There will also be a report on crime statistics, and a host of other things that will intellectually scratch you where you itch.

I have scheduled the meeting for October 19 at 7 PM. I have not secured a location at this time, but my goal is to have in rooms 4 and 5 at the Community Center. Stay tuned and next week I?ll have the details nailed down.

OK, now for the snooze…

Holy smokes Batman! This one takes the cake. A group of people were sitting behind a pickup when the driver started the truck. Everyone got up and cleared the way for the truck to back up. Everyone except one guy. The truck backed up, running over the guy. After being run over, the guy stood up and wondered what happened. He had tire marks across the back of his jacket, (which, by the way, he was wearing at the time) but was completed unscathed. The ambulance was called and they checked over the guy, and found him to be in good health. What?s the chance of that?

Did you see the broken window at the Liquor Store? There was an attempted break in and the suspect(s) tried to gain entry by breaking a large plate glass window. The suspects were scared off by the alarm. When the police attended, there were a group of construction workers who were in the rear parking lot of the liquor store, waiting for the bus. The workers did not see much or hear much. No entry was gained and nothing was taken. If anyone knows anything about this matter, please give us call.

Were you ever in the wrong place at the wrong time? Wrong place for you maybe, but the right place for the police. An officer was on foot patrol in the wee hours of the morning and was walking around the grocery store parking lot. Out of the shadows an intoxicated male appeared. He was not wearing a shirt and was challenging everyone he met to a fist fight. The male was very aggressive and was assuming a fighter?s stance. Well, people began to scatter except for one, the officer. The male was taken into custody and charged with a variety of offenses.

As most of you are aware, there is a lot of seismic activity in the area. Work crews are in the bush, flagging areas where they will be placing sensors. One of the conditions for this work is to have a contractor search the area for bear dens. Did you know we have a bear den very close to town? By now, most bears have either gone to sleep for the winter or in the process. The contractor reported the bear den to the police and to the BC Conservation Service. If you are out on a walk and see a dark hole, please don?t poke it with a stick. Although it might seem to be a good idea at the time, chances are real good that your companions can run faster than you.

A work truck was reported stolen from a local work camp. It seems an employee who was recently fired took the truck to get home. The truck was subsequently recovered in the Moberly Lake area however the jockey box in the back of the truck was missing. This box contained a considerable amount of seismic gear. The investigation is ongoing.

There have been several reports recently of groups of 20-30 people roaming the streets late at night. Most of the reports are from concerned residents who report that these groups are usually up to no good. The groups are loud, or are causing a disturbance, or are just looking for trouble. Upon police attendance, they scatter only to regroup a short time later. The police know their identities and should these individuals become involved in any criminal activities, they will be placed on a curfew and a host of other conditions.

That?s about it for this week. Don?t forget about the community meeting, and we?ll talk again next week the Good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats