Kitimat police files include Facebook photos swiped for use on dating site

A selection of police calls for service between November 18 and November 24.

A selection of RCMP calls for between November 18 and November 24.

November 18

The RCMP were alerted to alleged threats made on Facebook to a person. The individual didn’t seek police action, but merely wanted the report made in the possibility the alleged threats escalated. The person told police they were going to block the other person from their account.

November 19

The driver of the semi-truck which went into the ditch (photo in the November 27 Sentinel.) received a traffic violation ticket for conducting a u-turn on a curve. The driver was reportedly from Michigan.

A young person with their father went to the RCMP detachment reporting that the images of the young person were being used without permission on a dating website. The photos are said to have come from a Facebook account. An officer found contact information for the website and passed the information along to the father to have the images removed, while also suggesting to change the privacy settings on the Facebook account to maximum to minimize future risk.

An intoxicated male was reported on a bus by City Centre Mall. Police attended and found a male who was reportedly “passed out” at the back of the bus. The male was in a deep sleep and the officer could smell a strong odour of alcohol. The male was eventually woken by the officer and arrested for being intoxicated in a public place. He was put into cells at the Kitimat CRMP detachment until he was sober.

RCMP assisted the fire department at 6:48 p.m. on a call of some power lines reportedly on fire near apartment buildings on Kuldo Boulevard. There was a small fire seen on the top of a power pole near the 728 and 730 Kuldo apartment buildings, and police provided security at the scene until BC Hydro could arrive to fix the issue. BC Hydro arrived an hour later to fix the problem. There were some minor power outages reported in the area.

Police attended a false alarm just after 8 p.m. on Moore Street. A back door on the home was found partially opened, but when the property owner arrived he said his son likely left the door open as everything in the house appeared in order.

November 20

A car was reported in the ditch on Haisla Boulevard near Harbour Road. The driver and passenger, returning to the Rio Tinto Alcan site from a coffee run, were uninjured. Police say the vehicle likely lost traction due to the icy road. The pick-up truck was pulled from the ditch by a tow truck and driven from the scene with no issues. Police say the “road surface at the scene was a sheet of ice, and a sand truck came through just after the scene cleared.”

November 21

A caller reported an unknown male in a dark blue Chevy pick-up seemed disoriented and parked for a long time at the end of Char Street near Kokanee Avenue. When an officer arrived to the area they could find no one matching the description after patrols, and the original complainant could not be reached either. No further police action.

November 24

A complainant called the RCMP at 2:54 a.m. to report that he was allegedly punched in the face while at the Kitimat Hotel earlier. When officers attended to the man’s home to take a statement his level on intoxication prevented getting any more useful information. A member arranged to speak with the person on their next shift to take further statements.

A caller reported a possibly intoxicated person attempting to drive at Tim Hortons at 1:53 a.m. The driver was reportedly having trouble getting into their vehicle before driving off. Police found the vehicle on Quatsino Boulevard and pulled him over. The driver admitted to police that he had a “few beers” and finished his last drink only 30 minutes prior. The driver failed a roadside breath test, and under provincial rules had his vehicle impounded for 30 days and prohibited from driving for 90 days.

A 9-1-1 call had a man reporting that his ex-girlfriend had allegedly come to his door and pepper sprayed him. Through the investigation, police reported that the woman had apparently wanted the man to come to the bar with her but the man refused, leading to the alleged incident. A friend of the man was standing behind him with the alleged act took place and he reported burning sensations on his lip following. The woman was reportedly found nearby, intoxicated, and arrested for assault with a weapon. She was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

If you have information about these or any other crimes, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded.  If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award.