NPD file 2013-2018
On May 18 an officer of the Nelson Police Department noticed a pedestrian at the Park and Ride on Highway 3A contravening the Motor Vehicle Act. The officer stopped and engaged the male in a conversation. As the male was accused of being in contravention he was obliged by law to identify himself to the officer. The male verbally identified himself, but as he did the officer noticed that the man was very nervous. The male did not produce any of the common forms of identification such as a driver’s license. The officer became suspicious that the male was not being truthful and had supplied a false name.
After further investigation the officer was able to correctly identify the male as a United States citizen who was unlawfully in Canada. The investigation revealed that the male had previously been deported from Canada. The Nelson Police officer contacted the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA) and sought their services. The male was held in custody under Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
The male is now facing possible criminal charges of, obstructing a police officer and possession of a controlled substance. He was turned over to CBSA and may now face deportation.
NPD file 2013-2025
As a result of a routine traffic stop on May 18 officers of the Nelson Police Department made a drug seizure from a local man. While patrolling on Stanley Street an officer noticed a passenger riding in a vehicle without wearing his seat belt. The vehicle was stopped and as the officer investigated the seat belt infraction he developed grounds to launch a drug investigation. The passenger of the vehicle was subsequently arrested for possession of marijuana. Further investigation resulted in the officer discovering a number of pills believed to be morphine and numerous small plastic bags containing an unidentified powdered substance. The amount of drugs located in the possession of the male led the officer to believe that the drugs were destined for sale.
The local man may now be facing numerous drug charges including possession and trafficking allegations.
NPD file 2013-2054
On May 20 the Nelson Police Department received a 911 call from the staff at Valhalla Pure Outfitters store on Baker Street. Staff reported that a male had absconded with a donation jar from a shelf within the store. The store staff offered a good description of the male that had stolen the donation jar. Police responded to the area searching for a distinctive male that had been followed by a Valhalla employee. The officers located the male nearby. The employee had recovered the jar and was standing by to assist police.
A local man, well known to police, was taken into custody without a struggle. When the officers interviewed the employee he stated that the suspect had taken the donation jar from the store inside a bag. When the employee confronted the man they struggled over the jar. Even though the gig was up, the suspect tried to keep the ill obtained booty.
The Nelson Police would like to remind the citizens of Nelson that apprehending suspects does come with risks. We urge citizens to call police and provide succinct, accurate information to assist police. Those inclined to engage in citizen’s arrest should be familiar with the law allowing such arrests and be aware of the risks. The citizen powers of arrest section of the Criminal Code of Canada have recently been changed.
On the evening of May 20 two officers of the Nelson Police Department came across a local man that was wanted for criminal harassment. Police had reason to believe that the male had repeatedly been taunting a Nelson man over the past few days. As soon as the male saw the police officers he fled on foot along Baker Street. The officers gave chase in police vehicles and on foot coordinating their effort to arrest the man. As the suspect ran along the sidewalk he doffed his hat, necklaces, glasses and in time, all of his clothing. The officers eventually engaged the naked, sweating and spitting male in the 400 block of Baker Street and completed the arrest.
The male was taken into custody and continued to surprise the officers with his unpredictable and unconventional actions. With the assistance of Nelson Mental Health the male was delivered to the appropriate health care providers. The male now faces charges of criminal harassment and resisting arrest.
During the late evening of May 20 an adult male, well known to Nelson police, arrived crashing, yelling and swearing into the lobby of the Nelson Police Department carrying a 7 foot long metal pole.
The male was out of breath as he explained to the officers that he was being chased by a gang with knives. Officers swung into action and located and interviewed four teen-aged local youth along with the male that had fled into the police department. The ensuing investigation resulted in the adult male being arrested for sex assault, two counts of uttering threats, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace and failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking.
The man is due to appear in court on May 22, 2013.