Submitted by Sgt. G.D. Simpson
Clearwater RCMP responded to 34 calls for service over this past week. A few of them are outlined below:
At 11 a.m., a Blue River man flagged down Cst. Meyer to report a bear in a tree at 870 Spruce Street in Blue River, BC. The complainant was in his house when he observed a large black bear eating apples from a tree in his yard.
He banged on the window and the bear ran further up. The complainant said it was not a garbage bear, but had been ripping off the wooden pickets from his fence and eating apples over the past week. The complainant was concerned as the school was close by and the bear was not happy.
The complainant already had a call into the conservation office. Cst. Meyer went to the Blue River School and advised the staff and students of the bear nearby. The school has a dog that goes out with the staff and students at breaks and the schoolyard is fenced in.
Any indication or barking by the dog and the staff and students go back into the school. Due to the higher traffic along the crossroad, the bear may stay in the tree until dark. Cst. Meyer told pedestrians and local conservation officers who had reports of two bears in the area this is not uncommon at this time of year.
At 2:53 p.m. Clearwater RCMP were advised of a possibly intoxicated man at a local coffee shop. Staff said they saw the man behind the store having trouble walking. He entered the restaurant, sat at a booth and went to sleep. Police showed up and spoke to staff at the coffee shop.
The man hadn’t been a problem, just passed out causing staff and customers concern about his health. Police spoke to the man noting a moderate odor of liquor on his person and that he had trouble answering questions.
He denied drinking, was not diabetic and didn’t take any drugs or medication. Police had BC Ambulance attend and check on his well being. He finally admitted he’d been drinking, and that he worked at a resort as a cook. He got a ride into town with other employees and was waiting to get picked up.
Police called management from the resort and confirmed the man’s story. They said they’d contact the staff members to come over and pick him up sooner rather than later. The coffee shop staff didn’t have an issue with him sitting outside and waiting for his ride. He didn’t cause any problems and had been cooperative with them. At 4 p.m. two of his coworkers arrived and gave the man a ride.
At 11:01 a.m. a local woman went to the Clearwater RCMP detachment and said she had an issue that she wanted resolved. She said that a known man had been driving a vehicle, that is apparently his, but is registered to her and she’s worried about the use of the vehicle. She stated that the man has been working with a second man cutting and selling illegal firewood and was worried that she’d get in trouble because the vehicle is insured in her name. Cst. Lockwood stated that although the vehicle might belong to the first man because it’s registered in her name, the vehicle technically belongs to her and she’d ultimately determine what happens to the vehicle.
She’d previously informed the first man the vehicle may not be used with the second man due to his recent activity. During the time of this conversation, the first man happened to drive by the detachment in her vehicle. She asked that the man be told to return the vehicle to her residence.
Cst. Lockwood caught up with the man driving the vehicle and advised him that the registered owner of the vehicle wishes the vehicle be returned to her. The man was cooperative and accompanied Cst. Lockwood in returning the vehicle to the owner’s address. She and her husband were met outside.
Cst. Lockwood spoke with all parties. The man was advised that if he wished to continue driving the vehicle that he should register it in his own name. The owner told the man again that she didn’t want her vehicles involved with the second man et al, as they weren’t insured commercially for selling the firewood.
Cst. Lockwood advised the man that the owner is correct and further criminal charges could be forwarded should he disregard what he was being told. All parties were compliant, and the owner was appreciative to have her truck back!
Sgt. G.D. Simpson
Clearwater RCMP Detachment / Government of Canada