Press Release: May 9th to 12th, 2014

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.

Incident 2014-1938

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.

Incident 2014-1951

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.

Incident 2014-1978

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.

Medial Release: April 22, 2014

On Friday April 22 at 6PM a motorist called to report a pair of intoxicated males on the side of the highway who had thrown something at his truck. When he pulled over to talk to them one attempted to fight him so he left and called NPD. Officers arrived to find the two still in the same area drinking. One was arrested and charged with public intoxication, lodged into cells and released when he was no longer a danger to others. The other was charged for consuming liquor in public and, being sober enough to care for himself, was allowed to go to a nearby friends home for the evening. NPD file 2014-1596 refers.

On Saturday April 23 at 11:00PM the Nelson Police received several 911 calls about a crazed male covered in blood running around breaking windows in the downtown area. One person attended NPD office to report he had smashed her car windshield with her still in the vehicle. Nelson Police members raced to the scene and managed to take the obviously delusional male into custody. He had to be transported to hospital due to his bizarre behavior and injuries he caused himself. The 33 year old male remains in police custody and will appear in Rossland court April 23 to answer to charges of mischief to property, causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and breaching release conditions. NPD file 2014-1602 refers.

The annual Fair was in Nelson over the Easter weekend. The Nelson Police increased patrols to ensure a safe fun time for people of all ages. There were numerous liquor seizures in and around the event but no major incidents.

As a reminder to those that feel they need to have a drink at these type of events the fine for carrying open liquor or consuming it in a public place is $230.