Ladysmith Police Briefs – Booze fuels busy week

Police briefs as submitted by the Ladysmith RCMP.

There were a total of 90 calls for service over this period of time. To date, 2,876 incidents have been reported to the detachment (3,042 for the same period in 2010).

Tuesday, Aug. 30

A counterfeit $100 bill was passed at a local business in Ladysmith.

An old tire pump was reported stolen from an open garage located in the 600 block of Third Avenue.

Wednesday, Aug 31

A call was received of a man that was hanging near the liquor depot and urinating in the parking lot at 49th Parallel Grocery. The RCMP attended and located a man outside the Aggie Hall. The man was arrested for being drunk in a public place. He was transported to the detachment cells and held until sober.

Thursday, Sept. 1

The RCMP were called to a residence in the 400 block of First Avenue. A male entered a residence stating he wanted to collect money from the owner. The home owner asked him to leave and forced him out. The suspect pulled a fire extinguisher and bracket from the wall and sprayed the hallway and tried to kick the victim. The suspect fled the scene and was later arrested by the Nanaimo detachment. Charges have been recommended to the Crown.

Friday, Sept.  2

A report was received of three men yelling and screaming in the 700 block of Second Avenue. The RCMP located three intoxicated men.  The men were transported to a local residence where they were warned to stay inside or they would be arrested for being drunk in a public place.

A very drunk man was observed attempting to cross French Street at First Avenue. The male was so intoxicated that he could barely speak and was almost falling down with each step. As no one could care for the man, he was lodged in cells until sober.

The RCMP responded to an assist after a 17-year-old youth was found passed out due to alcohol on Symonds Street near Second Avenue. The intoxicated youth was left abandoned by an unknown friend. Medics cleared him to be fit for incarceration and he was lodged until sober.

Saturday, Sept. 3

The RCMP attended a residence on Brenton Page Road. A man was hit with a beer bottle and had a gash on his forehead. The victim did not want to press charges.

An individual reported that he was assaulted and that his truck had been damaged while he was at an outdoor party at the end of Spruston Road. A man jumped on top of the truck and kicked in the windshield.

A boat trailer plate and valtag were stolen sometime either Thursday, Sept. 1 or Friday, Sept. 2 while parked in the parking lot of the Ladysmith Marina.

A theft occurred sometime around August 4 at Byron’s Market on Chemainus Road. The complainant explained that she was an SPCA volunteer and that she collected the SPCA donation cans. The surveillance shows the theft and a suspect has been identified.

The theft of four prawn traps was reported from the front of a residence in the 10000 block of Victoria Road. The traps are valued at $100 each.

Sunday, Sept. 4

A male was arrested at a residence on Westdowne Road for breach of his undertaking. The individual was released by the Judicial Justice of the Peace on an undertaking with a curfew. A first appearance date of Sept. 14 at Duncan Law Court has been set.

Medics requested Ladysmith RCMP attend the end of Spruston Road to assist with a drunk man.  The individual was detained for being intoxicated in public.  It was discovered that while camping and drinking with friends, an individual had fallen and struck her head, knocking her out.  Two individuals were transported to the Nanaimo hospital.

Ladysmith RCMP assisted medics in the 3000 block of Yellow Point Road. An argument ensued over a stereo. An individual, who was under the influence, got mad and kicked a plastic lawn chair which struck another man in the head.  There were a number of intoxicated individuals. A man was arrested and released on a promise to appear for court on October 25.

Someone pried open a door on an SUV that was parked in the 1300 block of Birchwood Rd. Nothing was taken.

The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a suspected arson on Thetis Island in the 200 block of North Cove Road. An old 20-foot derelict fishing boat on the beach had been set on fire. The Thetis Island Fire Department attended.

A male entered Tim Hortons on First Avenue and caused a disturbance and then took two cans of coffee.  The male demanded a free sandwich. He then  grabbed two cans of coffee grinds and left the store then put the coffee cans on top of the garbage cans at the entrance of the store. A suspect has been identified.

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