NPD file 2013-890
On March 7, a local man known to the Nelson Police Department, was observed exhibiting odd behavior. The male came to the attention on this date as a result of numerous citizen complaints from local merchants and Nelson Mental Health workers. It was widely recognized amongst professionals that were familiar with the male, that recently his health had deteriorated and he was coming into conflict with a variety of citizens. It was reported to the police that the male, who suffers from a mental illness, was not taking his prescribed medication and was not taking care of his own basic needs such as sustenance and sleep.
When police came into contact with the male he uttered a serious threat to the attending officer. Shortly thereafter, the male uttered a threat to his mental health worker. Nelson police then apprehended the male under authority of the Mental Health Act and delivered him to a physician.
The male was assessed at Kootenay Lake Hospital and released into police custody. He was released with conditions that police believe will help the male function more successfully within the community. The arresting officer touched base with the male over the next few days and was happy to find the man to be in better shape after he had received a few nights rest and consistent nutrition. Nelson Mental Health workers will continue to offer their guidance and services to the man.
The matter of the threats remains under investigation and criminal charges may be forthcoming.
On March 8, the Nelson Fire Police Department became aware of a chimney fire at a home on Stanley Street. Police quickly attended to assist with the protection of life and property. The Nelson Fire Rescue Service attended to find that the home owner had mounted the roof and taken steps to extinguish the fire. The firefighter was able to utilize a high tech Forward Looking Infrared, commonly referred to as a FLIR to search for hot spots. Once the fire was no longer a danger the firefighter was able to assist the home owner with advice to avoid future chimney fires. The homeowner sheepishly told police that he knew that the chimney was due to be cleaned, but with the recent warmer weather he had lost his vigilance and put off the scheduled cleaning. This minor incident was a good reminder to all involved that wood heat can be safe and cost effective, however, routine maintenance and adhering to safety standards are imperative.
On March 5, 2013 the Nelson Police Department were requested to assist LVR high School staff with a student. Officials at the schools had discovered a considerable amount of marijuana in the possession of a youth while that youth was in the school. A Detective from the Nelson Police Department attended to find that the marijuana seized from the student was packaged in a manner that would be consistent with trafficking in that drug. The youth’s parent was contacted to attend the school. The youth was arrested and transport to the police department office. A personal communication device was seized from the student and may be examined for further evidence to support drug trafficking charges. The matter is still under investigation as charges are pending. The youth has been released to the custody of their parents.
The Nelson Police Department is requesting assistance from the public to help us and school officials keep schools drug free. Information of such activity can be forwarded to the Nelson Police Department or Crime Stoppers.
Every student deserves a safe, healthy and drug free environment in which to learn and grow.
NPD 2013-902, 921, 922
The Nelson Police Department is always on the watch for impaired drivers. Over the past four days vigilant Nelson police officers issued two 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions under the Motor Vehicle Act. As a result of officers witnessing suspicious driving behavior, each of those vehicle operators provided breath samples that indicated that they had too much alcohol in their bodies to lawfully operate a motor vehicle. They both were served with immediate 90 day driving prohibitions; their vehicles were then impounded for 30 days. The drivers will have to pay a $500 monetary penalty as well as the towing and associated storage fees. After completion of the prohibition period the drivers will have to attend the Responsible Driver Program and will have to pay for the installation and rental of an ignition interlock device. A licence reinstatement fee of $250 will have to be paid. In total, each driver will pay approximately $4600.
A $15 taxi ride seems minor in comparison.
The message is simple. Don’t drink and drive! It’s expensive. It’s illegal. It’s dangerous. It’s wrong.