Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate 16 mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in one week

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion RCMP an­swered 138 calls for ser­vice dur­ing the week of Aug. 10-16. The fol­low­ing snap­shot of sev­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tions high­light the na­ture of some of the calls re­ceived and iden­tify in­ci­dents the pub­lic can pos­si­bly help with by pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion.

Aug. 10

• Some­time overnight some­one drained gas from a boat parked at a res­i­dence in the Lady Lake Road area of Har­bour Grace. The theft is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a call of ATVs be­ing driven reck­lessly in the Lady Lake Road area of Har­bour Grace, but were un­able to lo­cate the ve­hi­cles. The pub­lic is re­minded that op­er­at­ing ATVs dan­ger­ously or out­side an ap­proved area is an of­fence and can lead to ve­hi­cle im­pound­ment.

Aug. 11

• A 25-horse­power Yamaha out­board mo­tor was stolen from a boat tied up at Black­head Beach in that com­mu­nity on the North Shore of Con­cep­tion Bay. The theft is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• A 35-year-old fe­male from Bay Roberts re­ceived mi­nor in­juries after the ve­hi­cle she was op­er­at­ing left Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way near the Bay Roberts exit and went into the ditch. The ac­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• Some­time overnight some­one re­moved and broke so­lar lights from a prop­erty on Main Street in Clarke’s Bach. The van­dal­ism is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

• Some­time overnight some­one knocked over head­stones that were out­side the prop­erty of Moore’s Funeral Home in Clarke’s Beach. The van­dal­ism is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• A 45-year-old fe­male, who was in­tox­i­cated in pub­lic, was ar­rested after caus­ing a dis­tur­bance near a res­i­dence in Til­ton. She was held and later re­leased.

Aug. 12

• Of­fi­cers re­sponded to a sin­gleve­hi­cle mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion in Bishop’s Cove. A 30-year-old man from the town was not in­jured but re­ported los­ing con­trol of his ve­hi­cle and strik­ing a guardrail. The ve­hi­cle was ex­ten­sively dam­aged. The ac­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• Dur­ing the evening a Toshiba lap­top was taken from a ves­sel while it was be­ing un­loaded at the Bay Roberts wharf. The theft is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• Of­fi­cers, along with the gen­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion sec­tion, lo­cated a quan­tity of drugs after ex­e­cut­ing a search war­rant on a Bay Roberts res­i­dence. A 26-year-old fe­male from the town was ar­rested and charged with pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing and pos­ses­sion of drugs. A court date has been set for Nov. 6. A 28-year-old Bay Roberts man was also ar­rested and re­leased, and charges are pend­ing.

• A 25-year-old Shearstown male was ar­rested fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent at a res­i­dence in that com­mu­nity. He has been charged with as­sault, mis­chief (dam­age to prop­erty), and two counts of breach­ing pro­ba­tion. He was de­nied bail and is due back in court on Aug. 22.

Aug. 13

• A 24-year-old male was ar­rested after a traf­fic stop in Vic­to­ria. The mem­ber stopped the ve­hi­cle for speed­ing and learned the oper­a­tor was op­er­at­ing while pro­hib­ited from driv­ing and owed nearly $11,000 in out­stand­ing fines. The ve­hi­cle was im­pounded and the male was ar­rested and later re­leased for a court date on Sept. 13

Aug. 14

• A 43-year-old Car­bon­ear woman was ar­rested after po­lice re­ceived a com­plaint of as­sault with a weapon. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed the woman had as­saulted a 32-year-old male. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the Car­bon­ear area and a ve­hi­cle was in­volved. The woman was re­leased to ap­pear in court on Sept. 3.

• A 65-year-old Small Point man was charged un­der the Dog Act after his an­i­mal bit a 17-year-old male. The in­ci­dent oc­curred in the town when the teenager went to a res­i­dence to see the owner. The mat­ter will be heard in court on Sept. 3.

Aug. 15

• A win­dow and door were dam­aged when some­one broke into and en­tered Davis El­e­men­tary in Car­bon­ear. The van­dal­ism is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

• A 56-year-old South River man was in­jured and taken to hospi­tal when he was re­fu­el­ing his ATV and it caught fire. There was smoke and fire dam­age to the ATV and shed.

• Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 28-year-old Car­bon­ear man after re­ceiv­ing a shoplift­ing com­plaint from Needs Con­ve­nience in Har­bour Grace. He was charged with the theft, two counts of breach­ing an un­der­tak­ing, and eight counts of breach­ing a pro­ba­tion or­der. He was de­nied bail and is due in court on Aug. 22.

Aug. 16

• A 29-year-old Bay Roberts man was ar­rested fol­low­ing a com­plaint park­ing lots while mo­torists were driv­ing in re­verse.

It only takes a se­cond of care­less­ness to have a col­li­sion. Most mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions are avoid­able and are caused by driver inat­ten­tion. Weather and road con­di­tions do not cause col­li­sions. Drivers are re­spon­si­ble to ad­just their driv­ing habits to those con­di­tions.

Al­ways re­duce speed in ad­verse weather. Al­ways be aware of other ve­hi­cles and pedes­tri­ans be­fore mov­ing your ve­hi­cle. These two sim­ple things will help you avoid col­li­sions.

Re­mem­ber, ac­ci­dents hap­pen while col­li­sions are caused.

Com­mu­nity polic­ing events

The Trin­ity-Con­cep­tion Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tee, Bay Roberts, with the sup­port of the RCMP, will be host­ing the Bat­tle of the Brains on Sept. 24 at the Spa­niard’s Bay Le­gion.

The Bat­tle of the Brains is a fundrais­ing trivia com­pe­ti­tion in which teams com­pete against each other for the ti­tle, “Brains of Trin­i­tyCon­cep­tion.” You may en­ter a team of up to six peo­ple at a cost of $125 per team. There will be prize draws, a silent auc­tion, and snacks for the com­peti­tors. This com­pe­ti­tion is a fundraiser for the Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tee to sup­port their yearly projects such as youth and se­niors pro­grams, DARE, com­mu­nity projects and train­ing.

Put in a team and see if you are smarter than the Moun­ties! You may contact mem­bers of the Crime Pre­ven­tion Com­mit­tee or Const. John Clarke at the numbers be­low for en­try forms and de­tails.

If your com­mu­nity or group is look­ing for RCMP in­volve­ment in your event, you may contact the of­fices at Bay Roberts (786-2118) or Har­bour Grace (596-5014). You may also contact the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Of­fi­cer di­rectly at 589-5635.

The gen­eral pub­lic is en­cour­aged to re­port any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing sus­pi­cious or crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to their lo­cal de­tach­ment. You can re­port your in­for­ma­tion in per­son, by phone or anony­mously call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477. You can go on­line at www.nl­crimestop­pers.com or www.rock­tips.ca. Crime Stop­pers NL is now on Twit­ter and Face­book.

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