Media Release: August 17th, 2013

The Nelson Police Department had a busy week responding to more than 96 calls to service. A large portion of these were related to the good weather and volume of travelers stopping in Nelson for the various events in the area.

Sometime overnight between August 13-14 culprits broke into a local pet store. Once inside they targeted the cash float and left other items untouched. The Nelson Police are investigating. NPD file 2013-3835 refers.

On August 14 at approximately 8PM the Nelson Police received a 911 call reporting a male stabbing people in Cottonwood Falls Park with a tattoo needle. The male was reportedly acting in a bizarre manner prior to the assaults and dressed in such a way that he would be easily identified if located. Unfortunately, no one noted which direction he left the area after reporting the assaults. Several victims were left with spots from the tattoo ink on their arms. All declined immediate medical attention despite being warned about the possibility of diseases being transmitted through the needle. The Nelson Police are still investigating. NPD file 2013-3857 refers.

If you have any information that would assist with the identification of either suspect please call the Nelson Police at 354-3919 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

On August 15 at 1:49 AM staff at the Spirit Bar called the Nelson Police Department to request assistance with an unruly customer who was trying to get back into their establishment. Once the Police Members arrived a female who had assaulted a staff member by biting him was taken into custody. Members and bar staff worked together to safely remove her from the area and then she was transported to NPD cells. Several associates of the 23 year old visitor to Nelson tried to interfere with the Police and staff but were dispersed without further incident. She was held until sober and will appear in Nelson law Court to answer to a charge of assault causing bodily harm and attempting to re-enter a licensed premise once removed. NPD file 2013-3862 refers.
On August 17 several people reported a male riding a jet ski making a very close run and sharp turn near the dock at Lakeside Park, splashing several children on it. They reported he might be under the influence of alcohol. The driver then left the area with his female passenger. A short time later he came back and assaulted and threatened a male who confronted him about the incident. He left on his jet ski prior to police arrival. The 25 year old local male is known to the Nelson Police and warrants will be sought for his arrest for dangerous operation of a vessel, assault and uttering threats. NPD file 2013-3939 refers.