Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. Policing, for me, has changed. When I first started 20 years ago, all I wanted to do was to write a million tickets and throw a bunch of bad guys in jail. Now that I?ve been running the detachment for a while, my priorities have shifted.

I?m now concerned about policy, budgets, procedures and the like. In fact I even attended a seminar where this management guru was giving us the secret to a well run office. He said that ?book learnin? was purdy darn good, but eventually you have to leave the house and work in the barn.? He was talking ?bout if all you ever did was read about cows, you wouldn?t be much use. You have to make it personal.

So there I was trying to come up with a personal project when the New Guy walked through the door. I studied the New Guy for a moment and noticed that he?s beginning to grow whiskers. What else has been happening in his life? Lately things have been so busy that it?s easy to miss out on the little things in life. ?Where has the time gone?? I thought. It won?t be long before it?s spring, a time when kings go to war and the thoughts of young men turn to love. ?Next spring? I thought, ?The New Guy will be ready…and not for war.? It was high time that I try and explain to him the facts of life.

The facts of life, I find, are best explained on the farm. Well, not having a farm nearby, we went out to the stables. The New Guy was not sure why the boss was taking him to see the horses, but he obediently followed. Once at the stables, I knew exactly what I was going to say. I was going to tell him, ?First comes love, then comes marriage.? I was going to point to a colt and say, ?See what happens when you horse around?? That?s what I was going to say. That?s what I wanted to say, but for some reason it came out all wrong. In fact it was so bad that the New Guy now has a whole bunch of new doubts. Thanks Guru.

Anywho, let?s get to the news. Lots of things to report on this week.

Did you hear the one about the guy who dialed 9-1-1? He was having a big party, and in the wee hours of the morning, he didn?t like his intoxicated friends. The only problem was that his friends did not want to leave his house, no matter how much he yelled, complained or threatened. Thus he called 9-1-1 and used the RCMP house-clearing service. By the way, this service comes with a complimentary bylaw ticket for noise.

There has been stepped up enforcement of speed in our school zones. Just ask a myriad of people who have been ticketed for having a heavy foot. Ask the guy who got his vehicle impounded for 30 days for driving without a driver?s license…again. Just ask the guy who was served with a prohibition notice for having too many tickets. Just ask the guy who received another ticket and this one will lead to the cancellation of his license. This is just a gentle reminder, if you get caught speeding in a school zone, you will be given a ticket. No warnings, no Mr. Nice Guy.

Did you see that brand new 30 foot travel trailer that was hooked to the police truck? No, the government did not buy it for the use of the police. It was stolen out of Dawson Creek and recovered south of Monkman Park.

A group of hunters came upon it and found it to be suspicious. The officers checked out the hidden serial numbers and confirmed that it was stolen. After hooking up to the rig, they proceeded down the road where they found the two guys who had been living in the RV. The males were arrested as there was a significant amount of evidence linking them to the trailer. Upon arrest, one male was found to be carrying a concealed weapon.

In fact it was a loaded .44 revolver, one of the biggest calibers available in a handgun. Finding this handgun significantly increased the ?pucker factor? for all officers involved. Both individuals are facing a ton of criminal charges.

A local male is singing the blues as a result of an internet scam. As he was surfing the ?net? he decided that he was going to get a Russian mail order bride. All he had to do was send the airfare, and soon the Russian beauty would be all his.

After sending the money, ?Olga? didn?t show, nor would she answer the phone. The police were called. Let me give you the short answer on internet scams. The present laws in Canada are woefully inadequate to deal with this. In fact they are so poorly written that there is nothing that anyone can do in order to rectify situations such as this. If you plan on paying for love, there?s not much the government will do for you if the love doesn?t work out.

Buyer beware.

At 8:30 pm, an officer on patrol noticed a vehicle parked at the local high school. The officer decided to check the vehicle and found it to be occupied. ?Excuse me sir, what are you doing here?? enquired the officer. ?I haven?t been drinking.? said the driver. ?Can I see your driver?s license?? Asked the officer. ?Maybe just two, but that was a while ago.? said the very cagey driver.

The driver was brought in and provided samples of his breath as are required by law. Almost three times over the limit. He too will be speaking with the judge.

I finally have the details nailed down for the upcoming community meeting. It will be held on October 19, 2006 at 7 PM in rooms 4 & 5 at the Community Center. The meeting is planned for an hour and a half, however if we get into a good discussion, I will be there for as long as it takes.

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

Keep it between the ditches.

Cpl. Kurt Peats