Tumbler Ridge Police Blotter

– Up to June 28, 2007

Hello neighbor and welcome back to the Blotter and what a week it s been here in the Ridge. I guess it s about time that I submit a report as its been about three weeks since my last article. In fact, the local detachment attended approximately 150 calls in the past three weeks. These calls ranged from simple noise complaints to some very significant files that have taken hours and hours of investigative time.

Im going to draw back the curtain just a bit and let you take a peek at whats going on here in Tumbler Ridge. Because I want to cover a lot of ground in a very short time, here is a very brief synopsis on how we spent our time over the past couple weeks.

The RCMP responded to a frantic 9-1-1 call from a female who was staying at a local camp. She stated that she?d been held against her will, however she was able to escape and make a phone call for help. Upon attendance, the officers could not locate any signs of assault, nor were there any indications of drug or alcohol use. The females story did not make sense, and upon further investigation it was determined that she was suffering from severe mental health issues. The female was taken into custody and taken to a local hospital where she received the necessary medical treatments.

As youve noticed by now there are a lot of people picking mushrooms in the burned-out area just north of town. Apparently after a major forest fire the mushroom crop is exceptional, and thus all of the activity the bush. The RCMP received a call from three people who were lost in the bush. They had no idea where they were, nor did they know which direction they were from town. As the search and rescue team was being contacted the missing people stumbled out onto the highway and were able to find their way back to camp.

The RCMP received a report of a baby moose which was scared and running frantically around in the back yard of a residence on the lower bench. Fortunately, the little guy was able to escape using the same route in which he entered the backyard.

The RCMP attended a motor vehicle accident where a pickup ran into a tree. Upon further investigation the driver of the vehicle was arrested for impaired driving. The breath samples were well over the legal limit. The driver will be attending court in the near future to answer charges of impaired driving.

Another wildlife report was received about possible poaching of a grizzly bear. The gravel pit on the Murray River forest a service road was location of the incident, however, there was no evidence that seem to suggest that this offense occurred. The Conservation officer will be following up on this matter.

A local company reported June 29, 2007 that a digital camera was stolen sometime at the end of May or the beginning of June. The camera is described as a Canon Power Shot. The serial number has been entered on the police computer system. A separate report was received from another company of a theft of a Honda EX generator 5000. If anyone knows the whereabouts of the camera or the generator, please contact the detachment.

The police attended the Hourglass Road in response to a motor vehicle accident where a quad hit a pickup. One person was injured and was taken to local health clinic by ambulance. This matter still under investigation.

Over the past two weeks, six additional people have been charged with impaired driving and all will be attending court in the near future to answer to these charges.

Over the past two weeks, during two separate instances, officers have been assaulted while on duty. One male and one female have been charged with assaulting peace officer as well as obstruction of a police officer in the performance of his duties. These people too, will be attending court to answer to the charges.

At 4:20 a.m., a female was walking home, when a male exited a pickup truck and walked towards her. The male was stark naked and the only thing he could say to the female was ?Good Morning.? An officer attended the scene and subsequently arrested the male. The male was subsequently charged with impaired driving and for indecent exposure. The male will be attending court to answer to these charges, and hopefully at that time he will be fully clothed.

The RCMP have attended a significant number of domestic dispute calls in the past three weeks. Some calls have been violent, while other calls the officers stood by to keep the peace while several articles were removed from the residences.

A complaint was received from the Tumbler Ridge Golf Course of a battery that was stolen from their tractor. A former employee was found to be in possession of the battery and the battery was subsequently returned.

In the wee hours of the morning a male called 9-1-1 on several occasions to report that he couldn?t find a hotel room. Lucky for him, the RCMP found him a hotel room that didn?t cost him a cent.

(continued on page 19)

A complaint of a stolen vehicle from a mushroom camp north of town was received. The vehicle was recovered, a couple days later, totally destroyed. Both front air bags had been deployed. The investigation is continuing.

Several concerns have been raised regarding the local skate park. During the past several weeks, city workers have spent a considerable amount of time cleaning up broken beer bottles in the morning. Comments have also been received that drinking at the skate park is becoming more blatant and that it is becoming an unhealthy environment. Suggestions have been received that the skate park be fenced and close down early in the evening. With the amount of calls at the RCMP have been attending lately, there is very little time to patrol the park. Any fence or very limited hours of operation is one possibility to solve this issue. On the other hand, if the users of the park will take responsibility for ensuring that alcohol consumption does not occur there, then the park might not have the proposed limitations placed upon it.

Well, that is just a brief sample of what has happened over the past two weeks or so. The phone is ringing, and soon Ill be off on another caper.

Will talk again next week, the Good Lord willing.

Keep it between the ditches.

Corporal Kurt Peats