Icy roads cause problems – Ladysmith Police Briefs

Ladysmith RCMP dealt with 57 calls for service from Jan. 16-22.

There were a total of 57 calls for service over this period of time. To date, 198 incidents have been reported to the detachment (283 for the same period in 2011).

Monday, Jan. 16

} At 8:55 a.m., police received a report of mischief to a window that occurred Saturday morning at approximately 1 a.m. A male had punched and broke the glass pane of the In the Beantime Café door. The value of the window was almost $300. Arrangements were made for the male to pay for the damage, and no charges are pending.

} At 9:35 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a road rage incident that occurred on Jan. 13. A woman called the Ladysmith RCMP to report that she was yelled at by a man in the Coronation Mall parking lot because he believed she cut him off. The male was spoken to and was advised to call police next time and avoid yelling at other drivers.

} At 11:05 a.m., police received a report that someone had tried to steal gas from a vehicle on Cloke Road overnight. The complaintant said she awoke in the morning to find the vehicle’s gas door open, and the cap was hanging. No gas appeared to be missing from the tank, which had been filled the day before.

} At 12:38 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of fraud that occurred after an ad was placed  on Kijiji. The complainant  received a counterfeit bank draft in an amount well over the price of the item that was for sale, with a request to send the difference via Western Union to a third party. Fortunately, the complainant recognized this to be a scam and didn’t comply. This scam is one of the more common scams currently in circulation.

Tuesday, Jan. 17

} At 10:53 a.m., police received a report of a credit card fraud. The complainant noticed that a WestJet flight had been charged to his account in the amount of more than $400. The matter is under investigation, and police urge people to monitor their accounts and report any suspicious activity to their financial institution.

} At 12:42 p.m., police received a report of harassment via Facebook. Both parties were spoken to and advised to avoid contact with each other. No charges were laid.

} At 1:55 p.m., police received a report of a theft at a residence on Brenton Page Road. The theft occurred at about 5 a.m., with a vague description of a male suspect given. A lawn tractor and trailer, an air compressor and miscellaneous tools (the total estimated value is $4,304) had been stolen. The male was not located, and the investigation continues.

} At 5:30 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of shoplifting that had occurred shortly before 5 p.m. at the Safeway store at Coronation Mall. Two females had attempted to steal a shopping cart full of meat and other groceries worth more than $300. The two suspects were subsequently identified, located and arrested. Charges are pending.

} At 11:25 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP responded to a shots-fired call in the vicinity of Takala Road in Ladysmith. The complainant stated that it sounded like a shotgun in the woods between his house and the railroad tracks and that it sounded consistent with someone possibly shooting after an animal. Extensive patrols were made to the homes in the area and all the roads nearby with negative results.

Wednesday, Jan. 18

} At 11:04 a.m., police received a report of  two huskies in the Christie Road neighborhood that were off-leash and had just attacked the complainant’s cat. Members made patrols in the area and could not locate the dogs. The matter is still under investigation.

} At 1:16 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report that approximately two weeks previous, a Smart Meter installer from BC Hydro came to the strata building and installed approximately 15 smart meters. Despite the fact there was a sign in place opposing the installation, the installer broke the lock on the strata meter room door and completed the installation. The matter was referred to BC Hydro for further followup.

} At 7:09 p.m., police received a report of a motor vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway and Radford Road. A white Chevrolet Cavalier and a grey Chevrolet Blazer were traveling south on the highway when the front bumper of one vehicle made contact with the other’s rear driver-side panel, causing the other vehicle to lose control and hit a culvert on the right. There were no injuries, and no charges were laid.

Thursday, Jan. 19

} At 8:54 a.m., police received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Gryphon’s Lair parking lot, which occurred between Jan. 12 and 16. The vehicle is described as a black 1998 Isuzu Rodeo.  The matter is still under investigation.

} At 8:55 a.m., police responded to a motor vehicle accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Nanaimo Airport. A northbound vehicle lost control on the black ice and hit the centre divider. The driver sustained minor whiplash-related injuries. No charges were laid.

} At 1:05 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a break and enter to a residence on Hooper Place in Ladysmith. The B&E occurred between noon and 1 p.m. this date. Access was gained through an upper bedroom window. Jewelry, three laptops, a small electronic game, a Playstation and backpacks were stolen. The property was recovered a short distance away from the residence, where it appeared to have been stashed by the culprit. The matter is still under investigation, and there are no suspects.

} At 1:41 p.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of theft that had occurred at the Ladysmith Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop on First Avenue. A male came into the shop, bought a few items and, when no one was looking, took a $150 surge protector when he was walking out.  The male was captured on surveillance video, and police are investigating.

} At 5:18 p.m., police responded to a report that a commercial truck caught onto a guy wire at the corner of Cedar Road and Adshead Road, taking down several poles and wires. No other vehicles were involved, and there were no injuries. Traffic was affected for a few hours while the poles and wires were removed from the roadway. A violation ticket was issued to the driver for failing to keep right under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Friday, Jan. 20

} At 9:21 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of threats that occurred Jan. 17 near First Avenue. The complainant reported that a woman approached her and started yelling at her because of money owed from a loan. Both parties were spoken to and advised to have no contact with the other. No charges were laid.

} At 10:24 p.m., police received a report of a break and enter into a residence under construction on Henry Roethel Road. A miscommunication between contractors resulted in the home builder calling police after he observed unknown males inside the residence. Police attended to find that another contractor had been sent to complete some drywall work at the residence, and no B&E had occurred.

Saturday, Jan. 21

} At 1:27 a.m., Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a suspicious person trying to break into a vehicle on Roberts Street. The male was reported to be looking in a vehicle and to be dressed in all black. Police made patrols, but no one was located. There was no apparent theft, nor any damage to the vehicle.

} At 3 p.m., police received another report of a suspicious male who was attempting to open the doors of a green GMC Jimmy near Fourth Avenue in Ladysmith. Police attended, and the investigation revealed that owner had lent the vehicle to a friend, who was helping the owner fix the vehicle, specifically the doors not shutting.

} At 7:13 p.m., police responded to a report of a pickup truck that had slid into the intersection of Third Avenue and Buller Street. The vehicle was reported to be in the middle of the intersection with no one around. Police attended and located the vehicle parked on the side of the road legally. All of the roads around Ladysmith at the time were iced over, there were accidents all over, and numerous reports of sliding vehicles were received.

} At 7:24 p.m., police received a report of a three-car collision on the Trans-Canada Hwy.  A 2008 Ford F350 was attempting to pass a Toyota Matrix and then lost control and hit two barricades. The Matrix slowed and was rear-ended by the back end of a Chevrolet truck, which had also lost control behind them. The Matrix and Ford were towed due to damage sustained.  Minor injuries only were reported. Road conditions at the time were definite factors.

Sunday, Jan. 22

} At 7:02 a.m., police were dispatched to a single-vehicle motor vehicle accident where a truck struck a telephone pole on Chemainus Road in Ladysmith. The driver of a grey 2007 Ford F150 stated that he was travelling southbound towardsChemainus when the back end of the truck swung out and he lost control. The driver was transported to Duncan hospital due to back and shoulder pain. A violation ticket for failing to keep right under the Motor Vehicle Act was issued. Road conditions were icy at the time.

} At 5:40 p.m., police received a report of a possible impaired driver northbound on the Trans-Canada Highway. The vehicle was being followed by an off-duty police officer. The vehicle was located in Ladysmith, and the driver underwent roadside sobriety tests and was found to be under the influence of a drug. The 40-year-old female driver was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition, and the vehicle was impounded.