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Members of the Trinity Conception District RCMP answered 81 calls for service during the week of Feb. 814. The following is a snapshot of several investigations over the last week which highlights the nature of some calls we received and identifies incidents that the public can possibly help us with by providing information.
Calls for service included 12 false alarms, 19 traffic related complaints, and seven motor vehicle collisions.
Feb. 8 • Responded to a two-vehicle collision at Makinsons Road and Turskwater Road in Makinsons. There were no injuries, but there was extensive damage to both vehicles. Tow trucks were required to remove the vehicles.
• Responded to a house fire in Turks Cove. The Heart’s Content Volunteer Fire Department was on scene extinguishing a home which was engulfed in flames. The home was extensively damaged in the fire. The cause has been determined as accidental from a diesel generator. Only one person was home at the time of the incident and no one was injured.
Feb. 9 • Responded to a complaint of a sudden death aboard the MV Katsheshuk II. The ship made port in the Trinity Conception District at Bay Roberts after the sudden death of a 25 year old male from Kippens. The matter is under investigation. Occupational Health and Safety is also involved in the matter.
Feb. 11 • Members attempted to stop a vehicle being operated in the Bay Roberts area and suspected of impaired driving. The operator fled from police. A short distance later the vehicle slid into a snow bank and officers were able to apprehend the driver. A 41 year old male from Clarke’s Beach was arrested and charged with flight from police, impaired driving, and driving over 80 mg. The male was eventually released for court April 17.
• Arrested a 28 year old male from New Harbour after a traffic stop in Bay Roberts. The male was observed speeding and driving erratically. The operator of the vehicle was charged with impaired driving, driving over 80 mg, and two breaches of an undertaking. Charges were also laid under the Highway Traffic Act as it was determined the male was driving with no drivers licence, insurance, or valid registration, and had false plates on the vehicle. The male was held for court and bail was denied. He is due back in court Feb. 21.
• Responded to a disturbance call in Tilton. A 24 year old male from Tilton was arrested and charged with assault and breach of probation as a result of the incident. The male was held for court and was later released and is due in court March 7.
Feb. 12 • Responded to a complaint of a disturbance at a residence in Adam’s Cove. A short investigation ensued and it was determined it was an argument between two persons. One person left the residence and the matter remains under investigation.
Feb. 13 • Responded to a complaint of shoplifting at The Source in Carbonear. The matter was captured on video surveillance and is under investigation.
• Received a report of a roaming dog in Cupids. The dog is described a large German shepherd and has been seen roaming in the community. This is a reminder to residence in all areas that under the Dog Act all dogs have to be tethered or penned and cannot be permitted to roam freely. The matter is under investigation and we are seeking to identify the animal.
Feb. 14 • Responded to a complaint of a break and enter on Across The Doors in Carbonear. The residence was broken into sometime during the day and the only item taken was a flat screen TV. The matter is under investigation.
• Responded to a collision with an ATV and a parked vehicle in Marysvale. There were no injuries in the collision but the 34 year old male from Georgetown, the driver of the ATV, was arrested and charged with impaired driving and driving over 80 mg. The matter is under investigation and will be set for court.
Some helpful tips
• ICE, ICE, ICE — Ice fishing is in season and the RCMP have received a couple of complaints of persons being on thin ice. Due to the mild winter that we have experienced this year, the ice in our area is not always safe. We have observed people fishing feet from open water. Please think of your safety and the safety of others when ice fishing. If you break through the ice you not only put your life at risk but those who have to respond to assist you.
• Parking— We received two calls last week of illegally parked vehicles on the side of the highway. It was determined that the owners were on small ponds fishing and had parked there vehicles in a way that interfered with traffic. All parked vehicles must be free and clear of traffic and not be parked in a way that interferes with traffic flow. You might have to walk the extra 20 feet but don’t risk a ticket or having your vehicle towed.
Community policing events
As part of the Bay Roberts Winter Carnival and the Special Events Committee the RCMP will be hosting a hockey game with the Ascension Astros high school team. The game will be played at the Bay Arena beginning 6: 30 p. m. on Feb. 25. Special guests have been asked to play and will be announced shortly. Many community partners will be on hand to help out.
Admission is only $1, or non perishable food item. The Helping Hands and Community Food Bank will be on the door. Please feel free to make a donation. This promises to be a fun event, with lots of activities and prizes. Please come and support the event.
If your community or community group is looking for RCMP involvement in your event you may contact the Trinity Conception offices at Bay Roberts (786-2118) or Harbour Grace (596-5014). You may also contact the community policing officer directly at 589-5635.
Reporting crime, suspicious behaviour
Trinity Conception RCMP would like to remind members of the general public that they are encouraged to report any information regarding suspicious or criminal activity to their local detachment. You can report your information in person, by phone or you can be anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1- 800- 222- 8477. Yo u can go online at www. nlcrimestoppers. com or www.rocktips.ca. Crime stoppers NL is now on twitter and face book.