During the week of February 6th, 2012 to February 13, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP received 65 calls for service. Some of the incidents are listed as follows:
On February 6th, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP received a complaint of a male intoxicated at Gitanmaax Food and Fuel Station on Highway 62. Upon arrival the RCMP located an intoxicated male passed out sleeping inside the store on the floor. The male was awoken by police and arrested for being intoxicated in a public place as he was not able to care for himself. The male was lodged in cells at the detachment until sober and no charges were sought against the male, who is a local to the New Hazelton area.
On February 7th, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP received a complaint of possible neglected horses in the area of Salmon River Road. The concern was that the horses were not receiving food due to the heavy snow pack in the area. The RCMP attended the area and had to snow shoe in through terrain to locate the horses. Further investigation revealed that all seven horses were in good health and had access to adequate feed in the immediate area.
On February 7th, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP received information that males were consuming liquor at Ross Lake and the driver of a red Jeep appeared to be impaired. The Jeep had departed Ross Lake area and was located by the RCMP on Highway 62. The driver was investigated for impaired driving and it was determined a road side screening device would be used to detect the level of the driver’s impairment. The driver provided a breath sample into the road side breathalyzer resulting in a “warn” that indicated the driver’s ability to drive was impaired by liquor. The driver was issued a three day roadside prohibition and his vehicle was towed and impounded for a three day period.
On February 7th, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP received a complaint of snowmobiles racing up and down a roadway near Two Mile. The RCMP attended and located the two possible snowmobiles responsible for the incident. The snowmobiles were parked and no drivers were identified.
However the owners of the snowmobiles were spoken with and reminded that under the Motor Vehicle Act there is an offence under Section 24(3)(b) of the Motor Vehicle Act that could result in a $598 fine and a tow expense. The owners of the snowmobiles were apologetic and advised they would not be on the roadway any further. The RCMP continued to patrol this area through out the remainder of the night and there was no further snowmobiling on the roadway.
On February 8th, 2012, the New Hazelton RCMP responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male refusing to leave a residence in Gitsegukla. While on route the RCMP were advised that matters were escalating and there was further yelling being heard on the phone. When the RCMP arrived there was a male observed with no shirt on and trying to fight people after he had kicked in the front door. The male was heavily intoxicated and observed taunting individuals to fight upon police arrival.
The male was then arrested for mischief under the Criminal Code and the male did not initially comply as he attempted to pull away from the officer but was subdued without any injuries to him or the officer. The male was lodged in cells until sober and police had followed up with the home owner who was reluctant to proceed with charges. The male and the home owner are both known to each other and are local residents.
On February 10th, 2012, at approximately 4:37 p.m., the New Hazelton RCMP responded to a complaint of an attempted break and enter in the area of Pugsley Street, New Hazelton. The incident is believed to have occurred over the period of the day and the residents were not home. When the residents returned home they observed a step stool outside a rear window and foot prints around the house. The rear window was open and nothing was observed to be missing from the residence.
Neighborhood checks were conducted and there were no witnesses to the incident and no suspect description has been identified.
If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the New Hazelton RCMP at (250) 842-5244 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.