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NEWS RELEASE · 30th April 2015
Kitimat RCMP
Kitimat Detachment responded to 55 calls for service during this period. Some of which are as follows:

On Monday April 20th 2015 at 2:38pm, the Kitimat RCMP received a complaint of two youth females attempting to assault each other on a porch of a local apartment building. Members arrived on scene and separated the young women. One was suffering from a swollen cheek and was transported to the Kitimat General Hospital. Both parties were intoxicated and uncooperative. Both young women were released to sober adults without charge.

On Tuesday April 21st 2015 at 9:00am a report of a Grizzly Bear near Wakita St was reported to the Kitimat RCMP Detachment. Members arrived on scene and could not locate the animal, however the complainant showed the attending members a photo of the large dark bear in the open field across from their property. Several pedestrians nearby were advised, as well as the nearby school. The public is advised to contact Conservation or the RCMP should they encounter any animal that they fear is in a high human traffic area, becoming habituated to humans or is aggressive.

On Tuesday April 21st at 4:32pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a harassment complaint from someone stating that their new partner was harassing their previous partner through FaceBook. No threats to harm were posted, however the suspect was making disparaging religious remarks. Through investigation it was revealed that this was not the 1st instance of harassment. Kitimat members spoke with the suspect, who was advised to be more respectful about their online postings, the suspect agreed. The public are reminded that their digital thoughts, postings and photographs are never truly “deleted”, and they should be mindful of what they post.

On Tuesday April 21st at 8:06pm a report of threats toward an animal was received. The initial complaint lead the Kitimat RCMP to believe that a neighborly dispute had escalated to the point of threats toward an animal involving a knife. Through investigation it was determined that a dog had gotten loose, and a neighbor had protected himself with a knife for fear of the dog harming their animals or children. The RCMP member on scene advised the animal owner to be more cautious in keeping their animal contained.

Kitimat Bylaws state “Any animal running at large (sic) commits an offence and the animal may be impounded and/or the owner prosecuted”. Police and Bylaw officers may exercise discretion at incidents, however habitual or dangerous complaints may lead to immediate action.

On Wednesday April 22nd at 5:20pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint of two males attempting to tear down a tree with a truck near Gyrfalcon Ave. Through investigation it was determined that the truck owner had attempted to haul away some building supplies, and had gotten their truck stuck, and was attempting to use the tree as leverage. The member noted that the tree suffered no damage, and was no longer being used as a tool. The truck owner apologized, and offered to repair any damaged they caused by driving on the grass. The public should be aware that any registered owner of a vehicle can be held financially liable for any damages caused by their vehicle, even if they are not the operator at the time of an offence.

On Thursday April 23rd 2015 the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint from a distraught complainant stating that someone they owed money to was attempting to threaten/blackmail them by posting private/intimate photos of them on the internet. This investigation is still ongoing.

As mentioned previously the Kitimat RCMP Detachment are reminding the public to limit the opportunity for persons to take advantage of them by limiting their online footprint, and being mindful of who they share private/intimate photographs with online.

On Friday April 24th at 5:00pm a complaint was received of a travel trailer dumping raw sewage onto the Kitimat River bank off Dyke rd. The owner of the trailer was contacted and advised that they felt their trailer had been tampered with as they would never dump sewage. The complainant has photographs of the offence being committed. The trailer owner attended the trailer, and put a stop to it immediately.

A search of BC laws finds that “A person who contravenes Municipal Sewage Regulations commits an offence and is liable to a penalty not exceeding $200 000 or 6 months imprisonment, or both”

On Saturday April 25th 2015 a complainant attended the Kitimat RCMP Detachment stating that they had located a sum of money. The complainant did not know who the money belonged to and delivered it to the RCMP in an attempt to locate the owner.

Should you feel that this money belongs to you, please contact the Kitimat RCMP Detachment in person at 888 Lahakas Blvd, Kitimat BC, described where you feel the money was lost, the amount and denomination. If the money’s owner is not located, the original complainant will be able to claim the money for themselves.

On Saturday April 25th 2015 at 5:40pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment members were dispatched to a 2 vehicle collision on Lahakas Blvd. Through investigation it was learned that a dark colored pickup truck had rear-ended a light colored SUV. The driver of the SUV complained of aggravating a previous injury, and the operator of the truck was served a Violation Ticket for having expired Insurance.

On Sunday April 26th 2015 at 5:48pm the Kitimat RCMP Detachment received a complaint of a male in a local business who had threatened a staff member. Kitimat members arrived on scene and spoke with the employee who said that they had been helping the male return bottles and advised him of the daily limit when the male became upset and threatened them. The complainant then gave the male some money of their own, and he departed. The male is well known to the staff and the Kitimat RCMP members. The complainant is not interested in criminal charges, only to have him spoken to about his attitude and behavior. The male has not yet been located.

If anyone has knowledge of these crimes or any other, please contact the Kitimat RCMP at 250-632-7111. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit their web site at www.crimestoppers.ca. They are open 24/7. Crime Stoppers is anonymous and does not subscribe to call display and calls are not traced or recorded. You do not have to give your name, address or telephone number and you do not need to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest or charge you may be eligible for a cash award of up to $2000.00