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.
The Nelson Police Board minutes for July 29 2014 have been posted.
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 www.rapp.bc.ca. They will prioritize aggressive or persistent bears.
Nelson Police Department
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.
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)