News Release: September 16th, 2013

On September 13th, 2013, Nelson Police received a call regarding damage to a statue on display in the 400 block Baker St. The statue, on display by the City of Nelson, was of a musical instrument; a cello. The statue sustained major damage and had to be removed from Baker St. Nelson Police are asking the public for assistance with regard to locating the suspects responsible for the damage to the artwork. Anyone with information can call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Nelson Police at 354-3919. (File # 2013-4464 refers)

On September 14th, 2013, Nelson Police received a call from Nelson Mental health regarding a client who had left a suicide message with their answering service. After a search by both Nelson Mental Health workers and Nelson Police, the client was located mid-span on the orange bridge by NPD. The NPD member carefully approached the suicidal female, but as he came up to her she jumped over the railing. The Nelson Police member quickly grabbed her, saving her from falling into the water below. Traffic had come to a complete standstill on the bridge at this time and five drivers came to the assistance of NPD and helped pull the female to safety. The 26 year old female was transported to Kootenay Lake Hospital under the Mental Health Act for assessment. Nelson Police would like to identify the five drivers who came forth to assist in saving the life of the distraught female, in order to thank them for their much appreciated assistance. We are asking the five drivers to call Sgt. Janet Scott-Pryke at 250-354-3919. (File # 2013-4486 refers)

On August 3rd, 2013, NPD released the following media bulletin:

On Saturday, August 3rd, 2013, approximately 4:00 a.m., the Nelson Police received multiple reports of glass smashing and vandalism in the area of a local school. Upon arrival, it was apparent that the school had been the subject of an excessive amount of vandalism. There were multiple windows shattered as well as other damages sustained. Although early in the investigation, the Nelson Police have identified persons of interest and are optimistic they will be proceeding with criminal charges. The police are requesting any witnesses or any one with additional information to contact the Nelson Police Department and refer to police file #13-3569.

Nelson Police would like to add the following update to the investigation:

After a month long investigation, the Nelson Police have identified the three youths responsible for causing over $5000 damage in vandalism to a local school. All parties have attended the Nelson Police Department accompanied by their guardians and taken full accountability for their actions and have prepared letters of public apology for their actions. “I cannot express how remorseful I am of this situation, and the shame I’m carrying with me. To all of those in our in our beautiful Nelson community, I am deeply sorry,” a youth responsible for damage.

The youths are first time offenders and as such the matter will be proceeding through Restorative Justice. The Nelson Police would like to thank School District 8 and the staff at the school for their cooperation and partnership in this investigation.