Incident 2014-1922, 1923, 1964,1965
Over the weekend the Nelson Police Department received several reports of bears in both the Hospital and Fairview areas of the City. Members were able to locate a black bear in the Seventh and Gordon Street area and used non-lethal flash bangs to scare the bear which is the preferred method if the bear is not aggressive. In this event, the bear had several bags of garbage strewn around the area. The public is reminded to keep their garbage secure as easy access to garbage will cause more bear encounters and the bears will not leave if they can continue to access food sources (garbage) in the City.
On May 10th, 2014 at 5h10 PM the Nelson Police Department received multiple 911 calls for a fight in the area of Ward and Baker Streets. The fight was between two intoxicated males and resulted in an arrest. One of the combatants was held due to his being intoxicated and was released when he was sober. The fight was consensual and no charges are pending.
On May 11th, 2014 at 6h30 AM, the Nelson Police Department received several calls regarding a male who was passed out on the shoulder of Hwy 3A just before the Lakeview Crescent exit. Initial reports were that the male had fallen from a 5 metre wall adjacent to the highway however upon assessment by paramedics it appears as if the male was intoxicated and had passed out and not fallen as was initially reported.
On May 12th, 2014 at 7h30 PM, the Nelson Police Department received a report of a female passed out in the park in the 500 block of Hendryx. A 50 year old female was the subject of the complaint, was intoxicated and had court imposed conditions not to consume alcohol. Charges for breach of probation are pending.
On Sunday March 2 at approximately 3pm the Nelson Police received a 911 call for assistance with an intoxicated house guest causing issues. The male causing the problem was identified as a 60 year old local male who had been released from jail earlier in the day for similar issues. He was held until sober and will appear in court in Nelson in April to answer to charges of failing to comply with the release conditions he was bound by.
On Tuesday March 4 An NPD member walking the beat observed two males sitting in a vehicle in a parking lot in the 300 block Hall St. The member noted the driver holding a large marijuana “bong”. The passenger was holding a box with a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia inside. Both were arrested and the incident investigated further. As both males were cooperative, appeared to have made a poor decision and have no other history of this type of behavior they were not charged for the possession of a controlled substance. The drugs and equipment were surrendered for destruction.
On Wednesday March 5 at 3:00am Nelson Police members noted a person trying to help a grossly intoxicated female down Baker Street. They stepped in for the Good Samaritan and tried to help the 36 year old female in getting home safely. She became increasing hostile and would not assist the members in getting her to a safe place. After numerous attempts to get her home and to someone she knew to care for her failed she was lodged into NPD cells for her own safety until able to care for herself. She was released in the morning and charged under the Liquor Control and Licensing Act for public intoxication.
On Saturday December 7 at 1:30 AM an NPD member was waved down by an intoxicated female requesting assistance in getting home. Due to the extreme weather conditions and her not being dressed appropriately for it the member allowed her to warm up in the vehicle while he finished with another matter. The female decided to leave the area on her own before she could be offered any further assistance. A short time later staff at a nearby bar reported her to NPD as they were also concerned for her well being. In learning the name of the 24 year old it was found she was bound by an order from previous charges to abstain from drinking alcohol. She was transported to cells and released when sober and able to arrange a ride home. She will appear in Nelson Law Courts in the New Year to answer to charges of breaching release conditions. NPD file 2013-5740 refers.
On Saturday December 7 at 12:45 PM staff at one retailer in the Chahko Mika mall attempted to detain a suspect in a possible shoplifting after she set off the store security alarm. She refused to cooperate and the driver of the car she entered drove off with her. A license plate was obtained and provided to the Nelson Police Department. The registered owner in known to police and the investigation is ongoing. NPD file 2013-5746 refers.
There were a number of accidents related to weather over the last few days. In periods of inclement weather, the Nelson Police would like to remind the motoring public to adjust their driving habits. When roads are slippery, slow down. Drivers should also leave additional space between their vehicle and the vehicle in front. Driver should always be courteous on the road particularly when they’re in a traffic jam. If a lane is closed and people are signaling to get over, please let them in where possible. Even when roadways are congested, traffic will flow much more smoothly if drivers cooperate and look out for one another.