Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter, and what a week its been here in the Ridge. I like news reports that start off, ?This day in history…? As I was going through my RCMP history book, take a look what I found. For those of you old enough to remember the event, but not the date, this happened during the first week of February, 1961.
1961: Chimp Returns Safely After Space Flight A chimpanzee sent into space in a rocket by the United States has been recovered alive and well about 420 miles (676 km) from the launching site in Cape Canaveral.
The test was one of many planned to ensure that a human being could survive space flight, think clearly and perform useful functions outside the Earth?s atmosphere.
The chimp, named Ham, was trained to pull levers in response to flashing lights during flight. He carried out several such operations successfully as he traveled at 5,000 mph (8,000 km/h) at a height of 155 miles (250 km) above the Earth.
Ham, named after the Holloman Aerospace Medical Centre, and originally from Cameroon in Africa, was chosen from six ?astrochimps? – four female and two male – who underwent intensive training in New Mexico and Cape Canaveral in Florida.
After reading the story, what?s the first question that comes to mind? Answer – what happened to the five other chimps? Thanks for asking, I just happen to know the answer. One became my first boss, and the four others were elected to parliament. I said that to say this, the RCMP is hiring in a very big way. If you think that you too could be trained to push a button when the light flashes, please give me a call. My personal goal for 2007 is to help four Tumbler Ridge residents get into the RCMP. Please call me at 250-242-5252 if you think this might be the career for you.
Although the first entrance exam deals with pushing a button on a flashlight, the exams get progressively harder. Soon you?ll be tested on changing batteries, and shining the light in people?s eyes.
OK, OK, let?s get to work and see what happened in this fair hamlet over the past week.
On February 01, 2007 shortly after 6 AM a theft was reported from the Community Centre. A male entered the building and broke into a glass display case that housed several fossils that had been placed there by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation. The male stole all of the fossils and departed on foot. The male was observed trying to break into the display case by an employee, and by the time help was sought, the theft had occurred and the male was gone from the scene. The male was subsequently arrested and the fossils were returned. Several fossils were either damaged or destroyed in the theft, however the bulk of them have been recovered. The male is facing several charges and will be in court in the near future.
A report of a knife fight between two brothers at a work camp was received. The incident took place mid-week, and in the early afternoon. The intoxicated brother chased the other one around the camp until the sober brother finally had had enough and punched the intoxicated bother in the face. When the police arrived, the intoxicated brother was taken into custody. The intoxicated brother began to fight with the police, trying to bite, kick and generally cause as much grief as humanly possible. A knife was recovered at the scene and charges against the brothers have been forwarded to Crown Counsel for approval. Let me remind you that neither rain, sleet, or snow will prevent…wait a minute, that?s not our saying. OK, here it is, ?Whatcha gonna do when they come for you? Bad boys, bad boys,? or something like that.
Some of you will be well aware of the following, seatbelt enforcement is in full swing. The police spent a few hours last week dealing specifically with seatbelts, and many tickets were handed out. The fine for not wearing the belt is $138. I heard it all last week, ?Tickets are just a cash grab by the government.? Or, as several workers from out of province so eloquently stated, ?Do you know what BC means? It means Bring Cash.? Or, ?I consider this harassment.? Or, ?Blah, blah, blah.? In addition to the seatbelt charges, 1 person was charged with driving while prohibited and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days, 1 person was served with a fifteen month driving prohibition, a passel of speeding tickets were issued and a host of other infractions were dealt with. For the foreseeable future, there appears to be a lot of work that needs to be done in this area. You?ve been warned.
Speaking of seatbelts and their value, ask the guy who creamed a moose on the highway last week. The moose was killed, there was damage to the vehicle, but the driver was unhurt. Or ask the guy who reported that several logging trucks were ?hogging the road? making his swerve in order to avoid a collision. Although there was no damage, injury, it was a great comfort to have the seatbelt on, just in case….
A report was received by the local carwash attendant. As a vehicle was leaving the wash bay, the door came down on top of the vehicle, causing damage to the truck and to the door. Accidents do happen, and this matter will be dealt with by insurance.
Several animal complaints have been received last week. All of the complaints deal with dogs. Some dogs were injured or killed by persons unknown, while other dogs were being coaxed into vehicles. If you own a dog, this item is for you. The local bylaw states that your dog must be under control at all times, that your dog be licensed, and that your dog does not bark excessively. In fact, Animal Control Bylaw No 443, has pages and pages of regulations dealing with animals. It would be well worth your time and effort to get acquainted with the law. I?m not trying to blame the dog owner for the above complaints, but just pointing out that if they followed the law, their animals would not be exposed to such actions.
That?s about it for today. We?ll talk again next week the Good Lord willing.
Keep it between the ditches.
Cpl. Kurt Peats