Police respond to mischief complaints – Ladysmith Police Briefs

Spray painting, house party kept Ladysmith RCMP busy last week.

The Ladysmith Detachment responded to 102 calls for service from March 23 to April 2.

Saturday, March 24

} Two hydraulic pumps were stolen from the Peerless Road dump sometime overnight. The pumps were used to lift the lid for the metal garbage bins. There are no suspects or witnesses to the theft.

} On March 24, the Ladysmith RCMP were contacted in regard to a group of missing people. The two males had left the Spruston Road area to travel by snowmobile to the Reinhart Lake area. The individuals did not return the next day.  The RCMP and Search and Rescue were contacted. A short time later, the individuals were located and confirmed that they had spent the night at a cabin but had not notified anyone. The police wish to remind the public that when travelling in the backcountry, a travel plan including locations of travel, anticipated time of departure and return, as well as vehicle information and parking locations, should be left with a responsible adult.

Monday, March 26

} At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 26, the Ladysmith RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident on Chemainus Road at Lagoon Road. A southbound vehicle crossed over the centre into oncoming traffic, striking an oncoming car on the side. The southbound vehicle then flipped over and came to a stop against the embankment. No serious injuries were sustained, although there was extensive damage to the southbound vehicle. The driver of this vehicle was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

} Over the preceding weekend, mischief occurred to a sign at the sports field. The sign was spray painted by an unknown individual. It was later learned that the Frank Jamieson Community Centre had also been subject to spray painting; however, this had not been reported prior to cleanup. The police have no suspects at this time.

Tuesday, March 27

} The Ladysmith RCMP responded to a two-vehicle accident at the corner of the Trans-Canada Highway and Roberts Street. A northbound vehicle was turning left onto Roberts Street from the Trans-Canada Highway when it was struck by a southbound vehicle. Witnesses stated that the southbound vehicle had a green light at the time. The driver who made the left turn was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

} The Ladysmith RCMP responded to an accident in which a vehicle in the northbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway had been sideswiped by a semi-trailer truck near Spitfire Road. Witnesses had obtained the licence plate of the vehicle and indicated that the driver had merged lanes, striking the other vehicle.  The police investigation was able to identify the driver of the semi-truck, who was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act.

} The Ladysmith RCMP attended a motor vehicle accident between a van and a dirtbike on Tideview Road at Eagle Crescent. The unlicensed dirtbike had turned onto Tideview Road without stopping and was struck by the van. No one was injured in the van, and the driver of the dirtbike sustained a fractured pelvis. The police are continuing their investigation.

Thursday, March 29

} The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of a stolen boat motor. The 1994 Mercury 15-horsepower motor was stolen from the back of a boat parked at Dalby’s Service on Dogwood Drive. There are no suspects in the theft.

Friday, March 30

} The Ladysmith RCMP received a report of mischief to a vehicle in the 600 block of Oyster Bay Drive. Sometime overnight, an attempt was made to gain entry to the truck canopy of the vehicle. Entry was not gained, but the locks were damaged in the process. The gas tank was also punctured, and the gas was drained out. There are no suspects or witnesses to the offence.

} On Friday night, the Ladysmith RCMP were kept busy dealing with a house party on Jim Cram Drive. Subsequently, the Ladysmith RCMP members dealt with a number of calls for service involving groups of intoxicated youth. Each of these events was investigated, and a number of youth were detained and released to an adult.

Saturday, March 31

} On Saturday morning, the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of mischief to the buildings at Forrest Field on Jim Cram Drive. Sometime overnight, the buildings were spray painted. The police are continuing their investigation and have surfaced possible suspects in this matter.

Monday, April 2

} On the morning of April 2, the Ladysmith RCMP received a report of mischief to a window in a residence in the 200 block of Fourth Avenue Extension. The police investigation revealed that on March 29 around 7:30 p.m., a front window of a residence had possibly been struck by a pellet from a pellet gun. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Ladysmith RCMP.