Police Report – some of the houses not visited by Santa this year

The weekly crime blotter from the Ashcroft RCMP Detachment

On Santa’s naughty list

Dec. 25 at 12:29 am police were called to a residence on the Ashcroft Reserve after receiving a frantic call by a 23 year old woman who said her intoxicated 26 year old boyfriend had shoved her and so she locked herself in the bathroom, and he was now pounding and kicking the door trying to get in. Officers arrived, but the male had left. He was located and denied shoving anyone. The matter is still under investigation.

At 2:27 am police returned to the Reserve when a 43 year old woman reported the same 26 year old from the previous report fighting with a 24 year old male in her residence. The 26 year old was gone, but police spoke to the 24 year old who had an injured hand. He denied fighting and claimed the inury occured in a “gift-wrapping incident”. The complainant denied calling police. All parties were intoxicated.

At 3:12 am police were called back to the Reserve by a 28 year old woman who reported that two men, aged 26 and 40, were arguing and yelling outside her residence, and one had an unknown object in his hand. Police attended but neither male, including the 26 year old from the two previous reports, was still there. The complainant denied seeing anyone outside her residence and said maybe the voices were on TV.

Home for the holidays

Dec. 25 at 7:42 pm police received a complaint from a 54 year old woman who advised that her 31 year old son was being a jerk and verbally abusive, and she wanted him removed from her house. Police attended and spoke to the son who was visiting from Fort Nelson. He said his mother was drunk and wanted him out of the house for no reason. He was given a ride to a friend’s house where he spent the rest of the night.

Deer out of season

Dec. 26 at 4:48 pm police were advised by a 63 year old woman on the Oregon Jack Reserve that a 33 year old neighbour had just killed a deer near her house. She thought it was too close to her house and that he was poaching. The officer noted deer parts nearby. He spoke to the neighbour who did not deny shooting the deer. He said he put it down because it was dying at the side of the road, and thought it was far enough away from the complainant’s house. The matter is still under investigation.

Black ice rollover

Dec. 27 at 9:38 pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Hwy 1 near Kingsway Corner after a northbound 1998 Ford pickup truck went off the road to the left and rolled down a 20 foot embankment after it hit a patch of black ice on the highway. The driver, a 32 year old Vancouver man and his 63 year old Richmond male passenger were taken to Ashcroft hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The truck was equipped for winter driving.

Misdirected energy

Dec. 28 at 12:42 am police received a distress call from a 23 year old woman on the Ashcroft Reserve who reported that her 26 year old boyfriend had come home drunk and belligerant. She locked herself in the bathroom, as she did in the first Dec. 25th report, while he continued to pound and kick at the bathroom door. He left after she called the police and went to a neighbour’s house, proceeding to pound on the front door. The neighbour called the police, and he left, returning to his own house where he went back to pounding on the bathroom door. Police intercepted him just as he was leaving. He denied doing anything wrong, and then became belligerant as they arrested him. He was handcuffed and placed inside the police vehicle where he began banging his head against the glass partition between the front and back seats. He was uninjured and transported to Kamloops cells where he spent the rest of the night. He was released when sober and calm.

Not Learning anything

Dec. 28 at 2:30 pm an officer on patrol on the Ashcroft Reserve observed a Fort Crown Victoria with no plates being driven. The vehicle was stopped and the officer noticed an overpowering odour of marijuana coming from the 28 year old driver. He admitted to smoking a joint just moments before. He was given a 24 hour suspension for driving while intoxicated by drugs and his car was impounded. He was also issued tickets for driving without insurance, driving without displaying his L sign, and driving contrary to the restriction of his L license.

Dangerous place to park

Dec. 30 at 11:55 pm a CP Rail employee reported that a white Ford pickup had run out of gas and was parked at the side of Hwy 1 between Spences Bridge and Ashcroft on a blind corner. He stayed with the vehicle until a tow truck came to take it away.

Tenant helped himself

Dec. 31 at 4:25 pm police received a complaint from a 71 year old Alberta woman who said that her 45 year old Walhachin tenant had taken her Dodge pickup without permission. The vehicle and driver were located in Kamloops. The man was living in the residence but did not have permission to use the vehicle, which was uninsured. The matter is still under investigation, and the man is facing possible charges of auto theft.

Head gashed

Dec. 31 at 5:04 pm police were called to the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek where a 59 year old woman said she had been assaulted by a 45 year old neighbour. Officers spoke to the suspect, who was pacing in front of the motel, agitated and intoxicated. He said “everyone” was fighting. The woman said she was assaulted in the parking lot and showed them a large laceration on the back of her head. The male was arrested and became very combative. He was eventually subdued and held in cells. The woman was taken to Ashcroft hospital and then transported to Kamloops for further examination and treatment. The matter is still under investigation and may result in assault charges.

Tit for tat

Jan. 2 at 8:41 pm police were called to the Nugget Motel in Cache Creek after the 45 year old male suspect in the Dec. 31 assault case complained that he could hear the 59 year old woman and her 50 year old boyfriend yelling and smashing things in their unit. Police attended and woke the woman, who was in her unit alone and sober. Nothing inside had been smashed or tossed about. The complainant insisted that he heard loud noises and yelling from their unit, but officers told him they didn’t believe he could hear the noise in a room five units away from his own, and that tenants in those units between him and the woman wouldn’t have called police if they had heard the same commotion.

Abandoned 911

Jan. 2 at 9:11 pm police received an abandoned 911 call from a cellphone registered to a 15 year old Ashcroft woman. Police attended her residence and she advised that she had lent her phone to a 15 year old friend in Cache Creek. Police attended that residence, where the teen admitted she had accidentally dialled 911 and apologized.

Ran out of time

Jan. 4 at 12:27 pm police received a complaint about an erratic westbound driver on Hwy 1. The black GMC Jimmy with Alberta plates was located at Hungry Herbies. The vehicle had a temporary license that had expired on Dec. 29.  The 21 year old Alberta man driving it was issued tickets for driving without insurance and driving without a license. The truck was towed.

Driving and dozing

Jan. 5 at 11:12 am police received a report about a hit and run on Hwy 1 near Cornwall Rd. after a 40 year old Cobble Hill woman reported that a northbound Ford pickup coming towards them had crossed the centre line and taken out their side view mirror. While officers were on the scene, they received a call from a Coqutlam woman who advised that her 25 year old son had just been involved in an accident and was waiting for police at the Husky in Cache Creek. Police located him and he admitted to dozing off momentarily before the accident. He was issued a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

Eviction coming

Jan. 6 at 4:52 pm police received a request from the 71 year old owner of a Walhachin residence, asking them to evict her 45 year old tenant, the man who took her truck without permission. She was advised that she would have to go through the courts to get an eviction notice.