Police Report – smoking hazards, sudden death

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment.

Man injured in explosion

A 71 year old man of no fixed address was critically injured last Tuesday when a small propane tank inside his tent exploded as he lit his cigarette nearby.

May 13 at 9:55 am police attended the report of a small fire on Ashcroft Terminal property on Evans Rd. They quickly determined that the fire had been caused by the explosion of the tank and that a man in the tent had suffered serious burns. He was transported to Vancouver hospital by helicopter from the site, and has since been placed on the stable list. The tent had gone unnoticed on the vast property until it began burning.

Co-worker threatened

May 15 at 1:30 am police were called to a Cache Creek business after a young staff member called to report that an off-shift co-worker had threatened him. Police spoke to both men and determined that the 23 year old co-worker had simply gotten carried away in his argument and did not intend to harm his 19 year old co-worker. No charges were laid.

Dog action brings police

May 15 at 12:30 pm police received a report of a dog attacking another dog  which was tied up at its Barnes St. house. The dogs appeared to still be fighting when police arrived. With the help of Ashcroft’s dog catcher, the aggressor dog was separated from the first dog, once the rescuers had realized the aggressor had a tooth lodged in the other dog’s collar and couldn’t free itself. There were no observed injuries on either dogs, and it appeared that both dogs belonged to the same owner, who was not at home during the incident. The matter was left in the hands of the the dog catcher.

Unlicensed driver

May 16 at 3:30 pm while on routine patrol on Hwy 97 near the Bonaparte Reserve, an officer recognized the driver of a Dodge Caravan as an unlicensed driver. The vehicle was stopped a short while later and a 47 year old man from the Cache Creek area was served a violation ticket.

Not Welcome

May 17 at 7:30 pm police were called to the River Inn where a persona non grata was loitering around the parking lot. The 27 year old Ashcroft man had been told previously to leave the property. When police arrived, he told them he was collecting cigarette butts. He was spoken with and agreed to leave.

Checking up

May 19 at 11:30 am police were asked to check on a 63 year old Ashcroft woman by a family member who hadn’t heard from her in a few days. The woman was located safe and healthy and said she had forgotten to return her brother’s phone call. The 44 year old man lived in Surrey.

Sudden death

May 19 at 6 pm police were asked by friends to check on a 51 year old Ashcroft woman who hadn’t been seen by friends for a couple of days. There was no response at her door, so police contacted a family member who was able to gain entrance for them. Unfortunately, the woman was found deceased. No foul play was suspected, and the matter was turned over to the Coroner’s office.

Assault charges

May 19 at 9:15 pm police were called to a domestic dispute at a residence in Thompson Rivers Estate after a 55 year old male allegedly assaulted his 52 year old girlfriend after an argument. There were no visible injuries on the woman, who was escorted to a safe place to spend the night. The matter is still under investigation and charges are pending against the male who was gone before police arrived. Alcohol was involved.