On June 26th, 2014 Nelson Police were called to Cottonwood Park, in Nelson, with regard to a report of a body of a male found in Cottonwood Creek. The report was confirmed and Nelson Police and the BC Coroner’s Service are currently investigating. No identification will be released at this point in time until next of kin have been notified. Further information will be released when available.
Nelson Police had a busy weekend for the start of the summer handling approximately 100 calls for service. Of note:
On June 26th, 2014 at approximately 7:00 pm NPD received a call to the bus stop at Ward and Baker Sts regarding an intoxicated male drinking and harassing a young girl in a sexual manner. Nelson Police attended the area and spoke to the young girl and the intoxicated male. The 52 year old male was arrested and charged with sexual assault and resisting arrest. He was remanded to appear in court in Nelson on June 30th, 2014.
On June 28th, 2014 Nelson Police were called to a local motel where a guest had observed a male going through the saddlebag of a motorcycle belonging to another guest at the motel. The witness detained the male and stood by until Police arrived. A 20 year old male, not from the Nelson area, was arrested for Theft and Possession of Stolen Property. He was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date set for August 19th, 2014. All property stolen was recovered and returned to the owner of the motorcycle.
On June 28th, 2014, Nelson Police were flagged down by a pedestrian who reported being shot at by an unknown male in a vehicle. The pedestrian believed the firearm to be a C02 powered BB gun. A vehicle description was given and the vehicle and 2 males were located a short time later. A C02 BB gun was recovered along with ammunition and C02 cartridges. A 23 year old Nelson Resident was arrested for Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose. He was also charged with Mischief Under $5000 as the investigation led to locating a window shattered at a local business. The investigation is ongoing and further charges may be added with regard to other damage reported.
The Nelson Police department will be kicking off the summer impaired driving checkstop program next week. Checkstops will be set up in the Nelson area with the intent of targeting impaired drivers as the summer season begins.
Signs of an impaired driver:
- Driving unreasonably fast, slow or at an inconsistent speed
- Drifting in and out of lanes
- Tailgating and changing lanes frequently
- Making exceptionally wide turns
- Changing lanes or passing without sufficient clearance
- Overshooting or stopping well before stop signs or stop lights
- Disregarding signals and lights
- Approaching signals or leaving intersections too quickly or slowly
- Driving without headlights, failing to lower high beams or leaving turn signals on
Always maintain a safe distance from any driver you suspect might be impaired:
- Call 911 (If you are driving, pull over first if you can safely do so)
- State your location
- Vehicle description
- Licence plate number of vehicle
- Colour of vehicle
- Make and model of vehicle
- Direction of travel for the vehicle
- Description of driver
The Minutes from the April 15th meeting of the Nelson Police Board have been posted.
On Sunday Jun 8 a homeowner in the uphill area was surprised to find a black bear in her kitchen stealing cookies. The bear left when finished and was seen walking through yards checking doors. The Nelson Police and Conservation were called and tracked the bear throughout the neighborhood. He was found tearing though garbage and was safely dispatched by the Conservation Officer.
Later the same day the Nelson Police Department was told that a cougar was also seen in the same area.
If you come into contact with a cougar that does not run away, stay calm, stand your ground and don’t back down. Back away slowly if possible and safe to do so. Pick up children, but DO NOT BEND DOWN, TURN YOUR BACK, OR RUN. Running triggers an innate predatory response in cougars which could lead to an attack.
Raise your voice and speak firmly. Raise your arms to make yourself look larger, clap your hands, and throw something you might have in your hands, like a water bottle. Again, do not bend over to pick up a stone off the ground. This action may trigger a pounce response in a cougar.
Please ensure you report any cougar sightings to the RAPP line 1-877-952-7277 or the Nelson Police Department at 354-3919.
Bear Aware: http://www.bearaware.bc.ca/
Ministry of the Environment (Cougar Safety): http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/info/wildlife_human_interaction/docs/cougars.html