Submitted by Staff Sgt. Darren Simons
As always we dealt with false alarms, well being checks, mental health files and minor collisions.
You may wonder what is a well being check . . . or you may not? The short version is, if someone is worried about someone who they have not seen for a while, or talked to. Sometimes they don’t want to go check on the individual because they are afraid of what they will find, and other times they are too far away. Sometimes when the Police do these checks we are not well received, like really who wants to see the Police at their residence? Especially early in the morning or late at night. Ok, maybe not a short version.
We responded to a request for assistance from EMS in relation to an uncooperative individual that had been assaulted. EMS managed to get the victim in the ambulance and when Members attended the hospital they discovered an individual that had been assaulted so severely they were not recognizable by the Members. The investigation is continuing, however, we don’t believe we will obtain the cooperation of the victim to obtain the evidence required to prosecute anyone.
Members responded to a complaint of intoxicated individuals causing problems at a residence. Upon arresting one of the subjects another was arrested for Breaching their release conditions. Were the Members ever surprised to find out this individual was no longer on conditions of no alcohol. I have to be honest I think the subject was just as surprised. They were released at the location of the arrest and were just left to carry on in their intoxicated state.
Just because you know who hit your vehicle does not mean we can prove to the Courts who hit your vehicle. This was the case of a hit a run over the last week. Although we suspect the complainant is correct we have no proof to take to court.
A couple of times over the past few months it has been brought to our attention that Members are choosing to deal with things when off duty, be it an individual parking illegally, someone swearing in a public place (like an arena), or dealing with an impaired driver. The issue is Members of the RCMP have an obligation to do something. If they ignore something they could possibly get in trouble. Personally I would rather get in trouble for doing something than not doing something.
A business was the victim of shoplifting. We have great video of the offence and the accused was located and it looks like it will be dealt with outside of the Court process.
We had an interesting individual in Court facing a charge of obstruction. The individual had refused to identity themselves to the Police after committing a minor traffic offence. For this they were arrested, identified and subsequently released. In court they commenced by identifying themselves by a number and then with their first name and the title “House of (Last Name). They refused to identify themselves and from our investigation they decline to admit to their date of birth being it is only hear say from their mother. We know it was the individual, however, the Judge and Crown were not taking any of their quotes from some big binder and issued a warrant. We refer to these individuals as “Freemen on the Land” They don’t like paying taxes, nor do I, but they don’t pay them which is the difference. They choose not to obtain driver licences or get insurance for their vehicles, but they sure like the health care. This saga will continue.
We are investigating reports of dogs being shot. Most of us are dog lovers, but we must be realistic, if your dogs run loose they tend to annoy people. When you annoy people they often do things they should not do. The moral of the story is don’t let your dogs run loose. We do not condone shooting dogs.
One individual received a 72-hour suspension and related vehicle seizure. Why people continue to drink and drive amazes me.
If you can not see out of your side view mirrors or your rearview mirror you may find yourself with a $115 fine which was the case with one individual that also received a speeding ticket. If you have sleds on a platform, which sits in the back of your pickup truck get extensions for your truck mirrors.
I get it, I get it, nobody wants to pay a ticket and nobody wants their teenager to get a ticket. I also understand that when you were a teenager and when I was a teenager we could stuff a vehicle full of friends and drive anywhere we wanted. Things change folks and the reason there is a restriction on how many occupants is for safety reasons. Peer pressure, too many people can distract the driver and trust me too many tragedies. Now, of course if your teenager chooses to drive with more occupants than permitted, they could get a $150 ticket and if the passengers choose not to wear their seatbelts, they should expect to get seatbelt tickets, which in this case two individuals received $175 tickets.
If you are a driver and you wear your seatbelt and your passenger(s) choose not to wear their seatbelt they can become flying objects. Trust me the driver gets banged up real bad by the passenger that flies back and forth in the rollover. Now if you have a child in the vehicle please make sure they are wearing a seatbelt or in an appropriate child safety seat, even if it is just for a short drive. One parent is now dealing with a $175 ticket.
If you don’t want to get a stop sign ticket stop at the stop sign. If you don’t want a ticket for speeding, slow down. If you choose to do 125 in a 100 zone and then miss the sign advising you that you are entering an 80 zone don’t get mad at the Police Officer for giving you a big ticket, especially if you are known to travel through the 80 zone frequently.
Tickets were issued for liquor in a vehicle - $360, window tint - $115, fail to stop at stop sign - $230, fail to produce registration certificate - $100, drive without a valid licence - $150, fail to wear a seatbelt - $175 and most expensive speeding ticket was for $562.
Warnings were issued for fail to provide drivers licence, Fail to stop at stop sign, speeding, obstructed licence plate, fail to wear seatbelt, drive with undue care and attention, operate an unregistered trailer, and fail to wear a seatbelt properly.
Inspection tickets were issued for inadequate brake light, remove window tint, replace windshield and mudflaps.