Submitted by Staff Sgt. Darren Simons
We had several false alarms over the last week. We had a well being check where a family member could not reach a loved one on their cell phone. Our investigation determined the loved one forgot their cell phone at home. Sometimes we find the loved one forgets to turn the phone on, forgets to take it off vibrate or silent, or sometimes they just don’t want to talk to anybody. Oh, the good old days where if you were not in your house nobody could find you.
We all know it is a “Dog eat, dog world”. However, we have to do more about loose dogs, especially when they attack or run after people. Trust us, if it is a one of event, it is not normally too big of a deal. However, if it begins to repeat itself then we will have to do something.
This is a fair warning to everyone out there that thinks it might be a good idea to “pull alcohol” for a minor. This is a tradition that goes way back, however, we all have to put an end to it. Our youth will have a long time to be adults so let us let them enjoy their youth. Now if you choose to “pull” and get caught it is very expensive, as one individual found out. The fine is $1050 and no, that is not a typo - one thousand and fifty dollars.
Members responded to a call of gunshots being fired. Several members attended to find that some loose siding that was being blown by the wind was making a noise which could sound like gun shots. Which reminds me, I better fix the piece of trim that is loose on my garage.
Some intoxicated youth were fighting. However, no charges and although one was arrested, they were held only long enough for a sober responsible individual to take custody of the youth. We would rather keep people out of custody and will spend quite a bit of effort to find an alternative to gaol.
We all know break-ups can be difficult. Add children, pets, a recreational vehicle or, well, let us just say difficult. The Police do not want to get involved, however, we do quite frequently. Our advice is to “take the high road”. Don’t show disrespect for your ex around the children, don’t phone, text, e-mail or attend the residence of the ex continuously. Don’t just think you can walk in your home if you are not living there because if your ex gets the house like all the country songs say they do, it is their primary residence, so you no longer have the right to just walk in, even if you are still paying the bills. Try to show respect and compassion and “suck it up” because if we get involved someone will likely get charged and that is not good for anyone, especially the children or the pet, like really, if you are the one that takes care of the pet and walks the pet who will do so if you are in gaol.
If you have a rental property please make sure you get a damage deposit. Thus, if someone damages your property or takes say a washer and dryer you will not be left without recourse. Although we know the previous renters likely stole the washer and dryer it is a little more difficult to prove.
An individual was intoxicated and causing problems at a residence and previous to the arrival of members they were transported to another residence “To sleep it off”
We had someone knocking on doors where they should not have been knocking on doors. Unfortunately patrols did not locate any suspects.
An intoxicated individual was causing problems in a residence and left upon the RCMP being called. This individual was found by the members walking home. However, unfortunately due to his anger and level of intoxication, members arrested the individual and they were lodged for the evening.
Loud music resulted in Members asking for an individual to turn down the music. This resolved the issue, however, at 4 am Members had to make a patrol to another residence in another community to deal with a similar call. Apparently, and this is not determined from a scientific study, it appears the more you drink, the louder you need to turn up the music so you can hear it.
As much as I like geese, especially Canada Geese, they can be a nusiance. Unfortunately, someone felt the need to vandalize several goose deterrent lights, a motion sensor light and a goose cannon at Moose Mountain Provincial Park.
Members are investigating another assault where one of the individuals is wanted by Correctional Services for being Unlawfully at Large. We will continue to investigate the assault and try and clear up the warrant.
We are assisting another Detachment in clearing up one of their warrants. If you move to start anew or fresh you can’t do so without taking care of your warrants.
If you are a business be very careful in the manner you pay bills. Across Canada fraud artists are now pretending to be people or businesses that one would normally do business with and asking for payments. This has happened to a local business and unfortunately there is not much that we can do.
An intoxicated individual showed up at the residence of a family member trying to act tough and push their weight around. This individual was literally thrown out of the residence when a BB gun was noted in their belt.
The BB gun fell out and the Police were called. The individual was arrested and lodged and the BB gun destroyed. No charges were desired by the complainants.
We did have a success where an individual fraudulently used another persons credit card. The business called a business down the highway and tipped them about the concern which resulted in an arrest by our colleagues in Manitoba. Two individuals are now facing charges in Alberta, Saskatchewan and friendly Manitoba.
A bird hit some power lines which caused a fire on Highway 13 near Forget. This involved Department of Transportation, the RCMP, SaskPower and Fire Crews to bring to a successful conclusion. Please do not start any fires, not even if you think you are prepared.
Too many grass fires are out of control in our Province and we sent two Members to assist Biggar.
My colleague in Moosomin also writes a weekly report and I have to give him credit for this tidbit of information. In Manitoba you get your licence suspended immediately and your vehicle towed if caught using your cell phone. If you find yourself headed into the ‘Toba, be aware.
An off duty Members observed someone cross the double solid lines and then cross the fog lines several times and called (via blue tooth) an on duty Member. The vehicle was pulled over and the driver was provided a warning. Apparently they were tired. If you are tired pull over a take a nap. You may be late, but you will get there.
A vehicle was stopped for an insecure load and the driver ended up getting a 3-day driving suspension due to their level of intoxication. Another individual was stopped for speeding and they too had too much alcohol in their system and received a 3-day driving suspension.
We had three further calls of erratic drivers, however, unfortunately we were unable to locate either. Not for a lack of trying. Maybe next time.
An individual hit a moose with their vehicle, or was it the moose hit the vehicle. We only got one side of the story being the moose did not hang around to give their side of the story.
Approximately 30 tickets were issued and approximately 50 warnings were issued over the last week.
Tickets were issued for no insurance - $580, drive without a licence - $150, fail to stop at stop sign - $230, fail to wear seatbelt - $175, fail to produce registration -$100, tail light fail to emit red light - $115, drive left of centre -$150 and most expensive speeding ticket was for $360
Warnings were issued for fail to yield right of way, careless driving, no insurance, fail to stop at stop sign, fail to wear seatbelt, inadequate windshield, insecure load, insufficient tail lights, window tint, inadequate headlamps, drive without a valid licence, fail to have licence plate fully secured, and cause unnecessary noise with muffler.
Inspection notices were issued for window tint, inadequate windshield, repair tail lights, and inadequate headlamps.