A selection of the calls for service for the RCMP between December 23 and December 29:
At 2:53 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a collision at Haisla Boulevard and Third Street. The caller stated that a semi-truck had “sideswiped” a car which was parked on the street. The driver of the semi left, but police tracked it down and the driver said he wasn’t aware he had hit the vehicle as the trailer is a solid steel frame and hadn’t noticed. The car had damages to it’s driver’s side rear bumper and quarter panel. Statements were taken but no further police action was pursued.
At 9:09 p.m. a caller reported an abandoned mini-van on Oriole Street and that the vehicle was causing a hazard. When police arrived approximately 20 minutes later they found the van which was parked about four feet from the curb. The registered owner was contacted and said it had broken down but was not able to reach a tow company by this point. The vehicle was subsequently towed to the Dollar Towing Yard.
Police responded to what was determined to be a false 9-1-1 call from a pay phone at City Centre Mall at around 8:27 p.m.
Police responded to a complaint of fireworks being set off at the Riverlodge parking lot. By the time police arrived they could find no persons in the area or damages to any nearby buildings.
RCMP checked in on a homeowner on Chilko Street after the neighbour called concerned about their well-being. The front door to the home was open, the driveway was not cleared of snow and the neighbour hadn’t been seen in days by the caller. However police arrived and found the homeowner at home and in good health. Very good health in fact. The police report says the man first remarked on how young one of the officers looked, before teaching the other officer how to make a rhythm with two pieces of wood. He had also offered to play the accordion for the officers.
At 2:10 p.m. a landlord asked for RCMP assistance in evicting a couple from a home on Little Wedeene Street. The landlord had an order of possession which was served on December 23 which required the couple to leave the residence by Christmas Day. The officer told the landlord that the RCMP do not have legal authority to enforce the Residential Tenancy Act, and further that changing the locks on the home while the couple were still residing in the home, legally or not, was illegal without an order from the Residential Tenancy Branch, or he could face a $5,000 fine. The officer gave the landlord a handout detailing how an Order of Possession can be enforced.
A motorist reported that he had clipped a moose at around 6:42 p.m. that had been walking northbound on Highway 37S. The driver reported not seeing the moose until he was within about five feet of it. The moose struggled to get off the road way but then laid down about 15 feet away. The driver had left due to poor weather conditions at the time, but when police arrived they found the moose with a twisted rear left leg and it could not stand. After numerous attempts to try to get the moose mobile, the RCMP officer on the scene put the animal down.
At 8:05 p.m. the RCMP attended to a complaint that a man in a person’s home was intoxicated and refused to leave. Police arrived and agreed to leave and was transported to a friend’s house. No further police action other than to warn the person that any further calls relating to his intoxication would result in time to sober up in their cells.
Police responded to a complaint from a parent that their son had allegedly been chased around Kitimat for an hour by some other boys who the report says had threatened to beat him up. The victim spoke with police and said he had not physically been assaulted and that he and friends had run due to past issues. Police say that the suspect boys, all under 15-years-old, have allegedly coerced younger children into fighting under threat of harm if they didn’t. Police are still investigating and say they are aware of the boys through other interactions.
A truck was reportedly speeding up and down Gannet Crescent leading nearby homeowners to be concerned for the safety of children on the street. The truck could not be located after patrols and no licence plate number was obtained.
If you have information about these or any other crimes, 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 reward.