Bi­cy­cle rodeo a suc­cess

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP an­swered 103 calls dur­ing the week of June 15-21. The fol­low­ing is a sam­ple of in­ves­ti­ga­tions over the last week, which high­lights the na­ture of some calls re­ceived and iden­ti­fies in­ci­dents the pub­lic can pos­si­bly help with by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion. June 15 • Ma­li­cious dam­age was re­ported from Coun­try Road Ex­ten­sion in Bay Roberts. The dam­age to earth­screen­ing equip­ment at a con­struc­tion pit in that area is be­lieved to have taken place some­time over the last cou­ple of months. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the dam­age is asked to con­tact the RCMP or your near­est po­lice depart­ment. June 16 • Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District RCMP charged a 44-year-old Har­bour Grace man with as­sault. The ac­cused al­legedly as­saulted a 15year-old fe­male at a res­i­dence in that Con­cep­tion Bay North town. The man was re­leased and is to ap­pear in court Aug. 15.

• Po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port of theft and fraud. A 51-year-old Spa­niard’s Bay man re­ported he had cheques stolen and forged. The mat­ter is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated and a suspect is be­ing ques­tioned. June 17 • RCMP are in­ves­ti­gat­ing a traf­fic col­li­sion on Wa­ter Street in Car­bon­ear. An 83-year-old Car­bon­ear man struck a parked ve­hi­cle while driv­ing along the street.

• Po­lice are look­ing for a ve­hi­cle in­volved in a hit-and-run col­li­sion. The grey Chevro­let Mal­ibu backed into a parked ve­hi­cle on the park­ing lot of the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. An el­derly male was driv­ing the suspect ve­hi­cle. Af­ter park­ing his car, the male en­tered the hos­pi­tal. The in­ci­dent oc­curred early in the morn­ing of June 16. June 18 • A 19-year-old Shearstown male has been charged with im­paired driv­ing. The in­ci­dent oc­curred af­ter of­fi­cers stopped the driver on Pick­ets Road in that CBN com­mu­nity. The male was is­sued a 7-90 day sus­pen­sion un­der the pro­vin­cial act and is to ap­pear in court Aug. 15 to an­swer to the crim­i­nal charges.

• Po­lice is­sued a seven-day sus­pen­sion to a 23-year-old Bay Roberts man af­ter a traf­fic stop on Route 70 in that town. Af­ter de­tect­ing al­co­hol on the male driver, a road­side test was given and the male was found to be over the pro­vin­cial driv­ing limit.

• A 45-year-old male was ar­rested fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at a res­i­dence in Marys­vale. The male from that com­mu­nity was charged with as­sault with a weapon, two counts of as­sault, and in­jury to an an­i­mal. He was held for court and ap­peared be­fore a judge. He was later re­leased on bail to ap­pear in court July 28.

• Po­lice charged a 56-year-old Co­ley’s Point fe­male with theft un­der $5,000 from a Bay Roberts busi­ness. The ac­cused was ar­rested and re­leased to ap­pear in court Aug. 15. June 19 • A wreck­less driver in Salmon Cove was re­ported to the RCMP. When of­fi­cers found the driver, they noted he had been drink­ing. A road­side de­mand was given and the driver failed the pro­vin­cial driv­ing limit.

• A 19-year-old Ochre Pit Cove male was is­sued a 7-90 day pro­vin­cial sus­pen­sion. Po­lice also laid a charge un­der the Liquor Con­trol Act for open liquor in the ve­hi­cle.

• Mem­bers of the RCMP Trin­ity Con­cep­tion District charged a 16year-old Bay Roberts male youth af­ter po­lice found him rid­ing an ATV on a road­way in that town. Af­ter stop­ping the ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers seized a small quan­tity of mar­i­juana and de­ter­mined the youth was on an un­der­tak­ing from the court. The ac­cused was charged with pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, and two counts of breach­ing his court or­der. June 21 • A 51-year-old male from South River and a 31-year-old fe­male from Marys­vale were ar­rested and charged with traf­fick­ing in a con­trolled sub­stance. Of­fi­cers ob­served a trans­ac­tion be­tween both ac­cused for pre­scrip­tion pills. Court is pend­ing on this mat­ter.

• Po­lice charged a 23-year-old Vic­to­ria fe­male with as­sault with a weapon and ut­ter­ing threats af­ter an in­ci­dent in that town. The de­fen­dant was ar­rested and charged af­ter a com­plaint was re­ceived in­volv­ing a knife. The fe­male was later re­leased for court Aug. 15.

Dan­ger: con­struc­tion ahead

This week’s tip con­cerns the con­struc­tion zone in Bay Roberts. As most peo­ple in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion are aware, ma­jor con- struc­tion on wa­ter and sewer in­fra­struc­ture is un­der­way on Route 70 through that town. Ex­ca­va­tion will con­tinue in that area un­til Septem­ber.

For the most part driv­ers have been pa­tient and po­lite. To date there have been no ma­jor prob­lems, but sev­eral small in­ci­dents have oc­curred.

RCMP are ask­ing driv­ers to be cour­te­ous, slow down, and be aware of other traf­fic. The most com­mon com­plaint re­ceived is block­ing ac­cess to busi­nesses and in­ter­sec­tions.

Un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act you can­not block a ve­hi­cle from ex­it­ing a pri­vate or com­mer­cial ap­proach. We know that some­times this is not fore­seen as traf­fic stops sud­denly. How­ever, be aware when­ever you are in a con­struc­tion zone you may be held up at any time.

View the traf­fic around you and stop be­fore block­ing an­other ve­hi­cle. Only pro­ceed when you can clear the exit or en­trance.

We have had in­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion with the Bare­need Road traf­fic light. Ve­hi­cles on Route 70 have en­tered on the green light, then stopped in the in­ter­sec­tion due to the back up of traf­fic. This blocks the in­ter­sec­tion. Again, un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act you can­not block an in­ter­sec­tion or en­ter an in­ter­sec­tion when the way is not clear, even if you have a green light. This is not cour­te­ous driv­ing and fur­ther blocks the traf­fic mov­ing in the op­po­site direc­tion.

Re­mem­ber this area dur­ing con­struc­tion hours is re­duced to onelane traf­fic. Try­ing to “get ahead” by driv­ing on the gravel por­tion and pass­ing the ve­hi­cles on the in­side is dan­ger­ous. Dam­ages caused by your care­less driv­ing from fly­ing rocks on the gravel can be your re­spon­si­bil­ity. You could be re­spon­si­ble for fix­ing stone chips in wind­shields and paint if you drive with­out cau­tion.

If you don’t have to drive in the area dur­ing con­struc­tion time, find al­ter­nate routes such as Coun­try Road or Saw­dust Road where there is no com­mer­cial traf­fic.

All fines re­ceived from traf­fic tick­ets is­sued in con­struc­tion zones are au­to­mat­i­cally dou­bled. Drive with care and keep the money in your pocket to take your favourite per­son out for a treat.

Fa­ther’s Day bi­cy­cle rodeo

The Bay Roberts Crime Preven­tion Com­mit­tee and Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP held a bi­cy­cle rodeo on Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket park­ing lot on Fa­ther’s Day June 19.

Ap­prox­i­mately 47 youth com­pleted the skills course and en­tered their names for draws. Three of those youth won bi­cy­cles.

Pow­ell’s Su­per­mar­ket pro­vided a pan­cake break­fast to all the youth that par­tic­i­pated. Ev­ery­one had a good time.

The Bay Roberts Crime Preven­tion mem­bers, Avalon North Wolver­ines Ground Search and Res­cue, Bay Roberts Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment, and em­ploy­ees of Pow­ell’s as­sisted with the rodeo. With­out these vol­un­teers pro­grams like this can­not ex­ist.

RCMP in­volve­ment

If your com­mu­nity or com­muni- ty group is look­ing for RCMP in­volve­ment in your event you should con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion of­fices at Bay Roberts 7862118 or Har­bour Grace 596-5014. You may also con­tact the com­mu­nity polic­ing of­fi­cer di­rectly at 5895635.

Re­port­ing crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity

Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP en­cour­age the gen­eral pub­lic to re­port any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal po­lice de­tach­ment. You can re­port your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or you can be anony­mous by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477. You can go on­line at www.nl­crimestop­pers.com.

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