Vandalizing Political Signs

Vandalizing Political signs is no laughing matter and in fact is a crime that could lead to a criminal record.

Those caught vandalizing or removing election signs can face stiff fines and/or jail time. A person could be charged with mischief which carries a fine of up to $5,000 or two years in prison.

In the last week, several dozen election signs have been stolen, while others have been damaged or marred with graffiti.

With only a few weeks left before the municipal election, the Nelson Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for the culprits stealing and defacing signs, and to report them to the Nelson Police Department.

Police are following up on a tip from a resident who had witnessed some signs being stolen and called in a good vehicle description.


Nelson Police have had several calls for bears in the City over the past weekend. Areas include the Uphill area, Rosemont and Fairview.

We are asking residents to be aware that this is the time of year for bears to be looking for food and to be diligent in keeping garbage and compost clear.

If you see a bear in your area you can call NPD and also call the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277 or online at They will prioritize aggressive or persistent bears.

J. Scott-Pryke
Nelson Police Department

Media Release: September 30, 2014

Just before midnight Sept 26 the Nelson Police received a call via 911 about a hit and run that had occurred in the Fairview area. Nelson Police members responded and located the vehicle and its driver on Front Street at Cedar St. The vehicle had stopped because of the damaged sustained in the collisions or the driver would have continued to try and leave the area.

Once in custody the driver was found to be operating the vehicle under the influence of liquor and on an expired foreign license. In total 5 parked vehicles and two roadway signs were damaged. Fortunately no one was hurt. The 23 year old male is facing charges for impaired driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, driving without a license, and driving without consideration for others. NPD file 2014-4821 refers.

It appears the message is not getting through to drivers in the area. Between July 1-Sept 1, 2014 15 people in Nelson have been served 90 day roadside prohibitions. This is double the number from the same time period last year.

The good news is that changes to British Columbia’s laws against driving while impaired have reduced fatal crashes as well as ambulance calls and hospital admissions resulting from motor vehicle crashes, according to a recent study.

Media Release: September 15, 2014

Sometime overnight between Sept 10 – 11 an unknown culprit broke into approximately 12 unlock cars in the Fairview area, removing valuables and change. The Nelson Police have recovered some of the stolen property and are trying to identify a suspect. People are reminded to remove all valuables from their cars at night and lock them. Every one of these thefts was preventable if these simple steps were taken.

On Fri Sept 12 The Nelson Police were called to uphill about a house party that was disturbing the neighborhood. Approximately 75 under aged kids were spilling into neighbors’ yards. Once there Nelson Police members were shown to an injured, severely intoxicated youth who required medical attention. BC Ambulance came and took care of this youth while the Nelson Police then attended to the matter of the disturbance the party goers were causing. Unfortunately for the community the youths were determined to keep partying as they moved through the neighborhood waking people up as they went.

For those that wish to host these parties there are fines under the local Bylaw for the excessive noise that start at $100 and can range up to $2000.

Charges under the Criminal Code can be submitted for Mischief by interfering with other person lawful enjoyment of their property which can carry large fines and/or jail time.

Nelson Police are still investigating and the homeowners where the party took place will be spoken to. (NPD file 2014-4583 refers)

Public Assistance Requested


Nelson Police are seeking public assistance regarding an investigation into fraudulent Shambhala Music Festival Tickets.

On August 7, 2014, information was received by Nelson Police Department that fraudulent festival tickets were being sold for $300 and when the purchasers attended the music festival they were being advised by festival staff that the tickets purchased were not valid.

The Nelson Police Department conducted an investigation which resulted in two further incidents of fraud and the arrest of a 35 year-old female and her 49-year old partner, both from Nelson. Both parties are facing multiple charges.

The police are continuing an active investigation into this matter. Anyone with information that could assist in in this investigation is requested to contact the Nelson Police Department at 250-354-3919.

Weekly Media Release:

File 2014-3641

During the early morning hours of August 2, 2014 the Nelson Police Department received a complaint that a car and a person were missing. The incident was explained to police as follows. The vehicle operator drove to a location near the downtown core where he parked to off load some of his belongings into a residence. He left his female passenger to sleep in the front seat. The keys were left in the vehicle ignition. Much to the chagrin of the vehicle owner, when he came back to collect another load of belongings, the vehicle was gone, passenger included!

The passenger reported to police that she had been asleep in the front seat of the vehicle when she was awoken by someone touching her on the back. She did not recognize the male driver, so she asked him who he was. The male stated to the passenger, ”Don’t worry, I’m your daddy”. He then drove on. When the vehicle stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the road, the passenger wisely disembarked. The unknown male driver simply exited the vehicle and walked away.

The Nelson Police Department was notified approximately one hour after the incident took place. An investigation was immediately launched and a person of interest was soon identified.

The Nelson Police Department are recommending to lock your unattended vehicle and don’t leave your ignition keys in an unattended vehicle. Not even for a moment!

File 2014-3673

A citizen of Nelson was driving east on Lakeside Drive during the middle of the day on August 3, 2014. The driver was shocked frightened when she suddenly saw a male on a bicycle veer into her lane heading straight toward her vehicle. She found herself an uninvited and unwilling participant in a vehicular game of chicken. The participants were a 5000 pound automobile versus 25 pound bicycle.

At the last possible second, just prior to impact, the bicycle rider veered around the onrushing vehicle, narrowly avoiding a collision. Astonishingly, as the male rode past her vehicle he spat onto the windshield and then again into the open window of the vehicle. The driver was shocked and disgusted.

Fortunately, she recognized the bike rider and called out his name. He returned to the scene and apologized for his vile outburst. He offered to clean his spittle from the interior of her vehicle. The apology was not accepted.

The complainant told police the name of the spitter. An investigation was initiated and police are on the lookout for the spitter.

File 2014-3643

As the agency of last resort the men and women of the Nelson Police Department are often called upon to respond to a wide variety of situations. During the morning hours of August 2, 2014 the police were requested to assist a home owner with an animal in the basement of their home. The caller reported being able to hear an animal scratching about in the basement. The noise and thought of facing a wild animal made the caller wary thus the police were summoned.

The responding Nelson Police officers could not hear the scratching noise that had been reported. As per their training, the officers pushed into the basement to investigate the unknown. After rooting through the basement for about ten minutes a cardboard box under the stairs was identified as the source of the noise. The box was isolated and carefully opened. Inside the box the officers located a lone house mouse.

The mouse box was transported to outdoors where the mouse was freed into the yard. One of the officers remarked that the mouse appeared to be in remarkably good health after the harrowing ordeal.

Nelson Police Department’s Restorative Justice Program

Nelson Police Restorative Justice Program

Nelson Police Department’s Restorative Justice Program garnering great volunteer support.

Training for program that aims for a more compassionate community by putting perpetrators and victims face-to-face starts in September.

Nelson —The Nelson Police Department is making great headway in its search for volunteers for its innovative Restorative Justice Program — and with training slated to begin soon, the NPD is making an urgent last call for all who may still be interested in signing up.

The program places would-be law breakers face-to-face with those they’ve affected by their actions, and together, perpetrators and victims explore ways to repair the harm that’s been done.

“This program will do far more to make a first-time offender recognize that they have done harm to others, as well as to themselves, than the criminal justice system could ever hope to accomplish,” says NPD Chief Wayne Holland. “The personal interaction between the perpetrators — who often are former victims themselves — and the citizens who have been wronged can result in a young person being motivated to change the direction of his or her life, for their benefit as well as that of their community.”
Since the first call for volunteers went out this spring, 10 locals have been interviewed in preparation for the program’s intensive training course, which will run from September through December.

“I’ve been very impressed with applicants’ backgrounds and varied experiences,” says Restorative Justice Program Coordinator Gerry Sobie, who is leading the effort along with NPD Sergeant Dino Falcone. “I hear the commitment and passion in their voices,” Sobie adds.

Sobie says his candidates come from a broad background of professions including computational sciences, environmental management, city administration, social work, automotive technician, retired educators, food services and retail.

One of the volunteer applicants is retired school principal and 35-year Nelson resident Wayne Prentice, who says the program will have great benefits for the city.
“It’s a process through which relationships are restored,” says Prentice, a longtime local elementary school principal up until his retirement in 2007. “If a crime has been committed, both the victim and perpetrator need restoring so both can be functional and productive again in our community. The responsible party must understand and accept responsibility for her/his actions.”

Sobie says Restorative Justice will help make Nelson a healthier, more compassionate community than it already is.

Restorative Justice training will run on Saturdays and weekday evenings starting in September. The program is looking for another 10 volunteers.

If you’re interested in learning more, contact Gerry Sobie at NPD phone 250-354-3919 or Volunteer application forms are at the front desk of the Nelson Police Department or online on the NPD website.

Media Contact:
Gerry Sobie, RJ Program Coordinator
c. 250-777-3979 p. 250-354-3919

Sgt. Dino Falcone
p. 250-354-3919

Bear Aware

At approximately 1315 hours on July 21, 2014, the Nelson Police Department received a complaint of a bear swimming across the lake towards the Prestige Lakeside Resort. The bear climbed onto the dock and startled boaters and patrons in the restaurant patio area.

According to Conservation, this particular juvenile bear had been causing extensive damage on the North Shore and was highly habituated to the area’s human food sources. Conservation staff received several calls over the last two weeks regarding this bear. A conservation officer was called to the scene and unfortunately the bear was killed as a result of the aforementioned reasons.

The Public is reminded to clean up all attractants, pick their fruit, cover their barbeques, and ensure that their garbage is secure until pick-up day.

As a reminder for the City of Nelson residents, if any garbage is stored, placed or discarded in a manner that may be accessible to wildlife, the resident may be subject to fines not exceeding Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars under the City of Nelson Waste Management and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 3198, 2011.

Bear sightings should be reported to the Conservation Officer Service at 1 877 952-7277.
Bear Aware is an excellent resource for information on bears in the urban interface. Information can be located at or from printed pamphlets available at the Nelson Police Department.