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REPORTING · 19th March 2013
Walter McFarlane

Kitimat City Council on Monday, March 18th featured Staff Sergeant Phil Harrison with his Monthly Policing Report for February 2013. However, before he began, he wanted to clear up a rumour.

“This morning, I was contacted about a possible body floating in the river and asked if we were doing an investigation. I want to make it clear to Council and Everybody that we have not been searching for a body, there was no body we’re aware of,” said Harrison.

He explained they might have got that from the fact a police car was parked by the Haisla Boulevard Bridge on Sunday Morning. It was there to deal with another incident at the Kitimat Hotel.

“The hotel owner was severely beaten and I want to thank the local taxi drivers because they assisted us in apprehending the culprit who will now be charged with aggravated assault and escorted before the courts,” said Harrison.

He thanked the taxi drivers a second time before going into the crime statistics. The format for the crime statistics were updated. He confirmed last month’s numbers were correct, crimes are traditionally up for the beginning of the year.

He expressed mischief to property was up but everything else meets last year’s trend. The Council liked the new form. Harrison also added two new lines relating to Communities Bylaw enforcement.

Councillor Phil Germuth thanked Harrison for clearing up the rumour. He added everyone in the community is wishing the hotel owner the best for her recovery. Mayor Joanne Monaghan agreed as she had received many calls based on the rumour as well.
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Comment by anonymous on 19th March 2013
There was a lot more to this story. The cab drivers found Susan on the ground barely breathing. They stayed with her until help arrived. In the meantime they cornered the assailant until the police arrived. Without the help of these drivers she probably would not have survived as this was after 5 am and they just happened to be in the right place at the right time. Kudos to the Kitimat Coastal Taxi.