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CRIME CLIPS: Cards, Cookies and Balloons—Local RCMP Grateful for Community Thoughtfulness

With the temperature climbing and summer fast approaching, local RCMP are starting to see an increased number of calls come in. Between Grand Forks and Midway, there were 99 files this past week, according to Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison. While the Sentinel endeavors to report on any files of interest to the community, anything under the Mental Health Act cannot be published.

On June 2 at 3:58 pm there was a report of a single vehicle accident off Hwy 32 west of Christina Lake, involving a 2000 Honda Civic. The lone occupant, a 31-year-old driver from Rossland, didn't sustain any injuries and was out of the vehicle when police arrived.

The driver stated that he swerved to miss a coyote, went off the road to the right, caught the soft shoulder, went through the ditch and came to a stop part way up the hill. The airbags deployed and the front end got stuck in the soft dirt. There may be damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle, which had to be towed out.

There was a report of an attempted break and enter on June 4 at the Whispers of Hope thrift shop on Riverside Drive. Sometime before the store opened, an unsuccessful attempt was made to gain entry at the rear entrance. The door and deadbolt sustained a fair amount of damage. Security video showed a possible suspect described as a white male of average build, wearing a ball cap and carrying a large square backpack.

While officers were collecting video footage, they discovered that the security camera covering the rear of the building had been stolen on April 28 at 2:28 am. No one had checked the cameras recently. The last footage recorded showed the camera shaking for a bit before blacking out, indicating it was removed, not smashed or torn off. "So obviously," Harrison speculated, "somebody was planning to do something for a long time."

The matter is still under investigation. If anyone has any information please contact the police. "The key thing here, "said Harrison, "was that the backpack was really quite unusual, because it was very square," as opposed to the usual bulky look of such bags, "So quite distinctive."

On June 4 at 6:58 pm a complaint was received about a vandalized tree on the south side of Perley Elementary School on Central Avenue. The perpetrator/s removed about 7 feet of bark from around the 10" diameter trunk and scratched names and initials into the wood.

It is unknown if the tree will survive its ordeal, but "there was definitely some damage." Unfortunately, the potentially incriminating carvings did not provide any helpful evidence. If anyone knows who is responsible, police would like to hear about it.

An outboard motor was reported stolen in Christina Lake on June 5 at 3:34 pm. The black 20hp Mercury motor long shaft with electric start, valued at $4500, was taken from a boat parked at a seasonal residence on Westlake Drive. Somebody cut the chains and unbolted it sometime between June 2 and June 5. There are no witnesses and no suspects. If anyone has information, please contact police.

There was another single vehicle accident at Spencer Road and Hwy 3 west of Grand Forks on June 6, reported at 4:46 pm. The vehicle went off road to the right from the eastbound lane, cutting an 80-100m pathway through the ditch. Miraculously, it managed to remain on its wheels on the slight hill. The airbag deployed.

The 76-year-old Midway driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance. He stated that he had the cruise control set for 100 km/hour and had nodded off. Thankfully only a minor neck strain was incurred and no one else was hurt. The driver was subsequently charged with failing to keep his vehicle on the road.

On June 9 at 8:49 am, Harrison received an email reporting that the Fisherman Creek section man shed had sustained some malicious damage. A shotgun had been used to blast out the Plexiglas windows and wooden shutters, likely in conjunction with suspected beer drinking at the scene.

The Trails Society has carefully maintained the shed, which is located 3 km north of the intersection of Fisherman Creek Road and the Trans Canada Trail, for many years. The incident likely occurred sometime between June 1 and June 6.

If anyone has information, Harrison said they would really like to know, especially since there was a firearm involved and "obviously some damage to something that some of the people in our community care a great deal about."

On behalf of the Grand Forks and Midway RCMP detachm

ents, Harrison wants to extend a public thank-you to the local community.

"We'd really like to express our appreciation to the people of the community who have come forth with cards, letters, cookies, and even a balloon and flowers that were placed under our half-mast staff in recognition of the officers that we lost in Moncton. It's just been greatly appreciated by our staff...the recognition and support that the community has come forward with after this tragedy…So we'd just like to say thank you to everybody who was so thoughtful."

Moncton is a fairly small community, with about 70,000 people in the area. Constables David Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Douglas James Larche were killed in the line of duty last Wednesday. "

It's sad we're starting to see that

type of stuff in Canada that traditionally used to happen in the States," commented Harrison. "We used to say yeah, great, it's over there, but now it's here, unfortunately, and it's just so tragic."

He continued, "But it served to remind our people just how fast things like that can happen. Sometimes we get complacent because we do work in a small town and we do know lots of people and it is a great, normally peaceful community, but you just never know."

Harrison feels that the Moncton tragedy has been "a bit of a wakeup call to be a little more careful. I keep telling my people all the time, at the end of the day you go home to your families—that's what's important."

Harrison believes that his officers should do their job the best they can, "But, he reiterated, "at the end of your shift, you go home to your families; so safety has to come first, both for our people and for the community. You know, that's the important part—community safety. That's why we're here." the temperature climbing and summer fast approaching, local RCMP are starting to see an increased number of calls come in. Between Grand Forks and Midway, there were 99 files this past week, according to Staff Sergeant Jim Harrison. While the Sentinel endeavors to report on any files of interest to the community, anything under the Mental Health Act cannot be published.

On June 2 at 3:58 pm there was a report of a single vehicle accident off Hwy 32 west of Christina Lake, involving a 2000 Honda Civic. The lone occupant, a 31-year-old driver from Rossland, didn't sustain any injuries and was out of the vehicle when police arrived.

The driver stated that he swerved to miss a coyote, went off the road to the right, caught the soft shoulder, went through the ditch and came to a stop part way up the hill. The airbags deployed and the front end got stuck in the soft dirt. There may be damage to the undercarriage of the vehicle, which had to be towed out.

There was a report of an attempted break and enter on June 4 at the Whispers of Hope thrift shop on Riverside Drive. Sometime before the store opened, an unsuccessful attempt was made to gain entry at the rear entrance. The door and deadbolt sustained a fair amount of damage. Security video showed a possible suspect described as a white male of average build, wearing a ball cap and carrying a large square backpack.

While officers were collecting video footage, they discovered that the security camera covering the rear of the building had been stolen on April 28 at 2:28 am. No one had checked the cameras recently. The last footage recorded showed the camera shaking for a bit before blacking out, indicating it was removed, not smashed or torn off. "So obviously," Harrison speculated, "somebody was planning to do something for a long time."

The matter is still under investigation. If anyone has any information please contact the police. "The key thing here, "said Harrison, "was that the backpack was really quite unusual, because it was very square," as opposed to the usual bulky look of such bags, "So quite distinctive."

On June 4 at 6:58 pm a complaint was received about a vandalized tree on the south side of Perley Elementary School on Central Avenue. The perpetrator/s removed about 7 feet of bark from around the 10" diameter trunk and scratched names and initials into the wood.

It is unknown if the tree will survive its ordeal, but "there was definitely some damage." Unfortunately, the potentially incriminating carvings did not provide any helpful evidence. If anyone knows who is responsible, police would like to hear about it.

An outboard motor was reported stolen in Christina Lake on June 5 at 3:34 pm. The black 20hp Mercury motor long shaft with electric start, valued at $4500, was taken from a boat parked at a seasonal residence on Westlake Drive. Somebody cut the chains and unbolted it sometime between June 2 and June 5. There are no witnesses and no suspects. If anyone has information, please contact police.

There was another single vehicle accident at Spencer Road and Hwy 3 west of Grand Forks on June 6, reported at 4:46 pm. The vehicle went off road to the right from the eastbound lane, cutting an 80-100m pathway through the ditch. Miraculously, it managed to remain on its wheels on the slight hill. The airbag deployed.

The 76-year-old Midway driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to hospital by BC Ambulance. He stated that he had the cruise control set for 100 km/hour and had nodded off. Thankfully only a minor neck strain was incurred and no one else was hurt. The driver was subsequently charged with failing to keep his vehicle on the road.

On June 9 at 8:49 am, Harrison received an email reporting that the Fisherman Creek section man shed had sustained some malicious damage. A shotgun had been used to blast out the Plexiglas windows and wooden shutters, likely in conjunction with suspected beer drinking at the scene.

The Trails Society has carefully maintained the shed, which is located 3 km north of the intersection of Fisherman Creek Road and the Trans Canada Trail, for many years. The incident likely occurred sometime between June 1 and June 6.

If anyone has information, Harrison said they would really like to know, especially since there was a firearm involved and "obviously some damage to something that some of the people in our community care a great deal about."

On behalf of the Grand Forks and Midway RCMP detachments, Harrison wants to extend a public thank-you to the local community.

"We'd really like to express our appreciation to the people of the community who have come forth with cards, letters, cookies, and even a balloon and flowers that were placed under our half-mast staff in recognition of the officers that we lost in Moncton. It's just been greatly appreciated by our staff...the recognition and support that the community has come forward with after this tragedy…So we'd just like to say thank you to everybody who was so thoughtful."

Moncton is a fairly small community, with about 70,000 people in the area. Constables David Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Douglas James Larche were killed in the line of duty last Wednesday.

"It's sad we're starting to see that type of stuff in Canada that traditionally used to happen in the States," commented Harrison. "We used to say yeah, great, it's over there, but now it's here, unfortunately, and it's just so tragic."

He continued, "But it served to remind our people just how fast things like that can happen. Sometimes we get complacent because we do work in a small town and we do know lots of people and it is a great, normally peaceful community, but you just never know."

Harrison feels that the Moncton tragedy has been "a bit of a wakeup call to be a little more careful. I keep telling my people all the time, at the end of the day you go home to your families—that's what's important."

Harrison believes that his officers should do their job the best they can, "But, he reiterated, "at the end of your shift, you go home to your families; so safety has to come first, both for our people and for the community. You know, that's the important part—community safety. That's why we're here."