Bicycle rodeo a success
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.
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.