Police investigate 16 motor vehicle collisions in one week
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.