By Cpl. Ron Bryce
During the month of June, the RCMP responded to a total of 584 occurrences. During the month, RCMP also issued 71 violation tickets, 89 written warnings and were involved in 14 community policing activities.
Investigations of note include the following:
On June 1, RCMP responded to a complaint of a man passed out behind the wheel of his pickup truck on Highway 104 in Pictou County. The 66-year-old male driver of the truck from Cape Breton was arrested and further investigation revealed his blood alcohol content to be twice the legal limit. He is charged with Impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol content over. 08. He will appear in Pictou Court on Aug. 6.
Seizure of Firearms and Ammunition
On June 7, RCMP executed a search warrant on a residence on Cape John Road. Three shotguns and one rifle were seized from the residence, along with a quantity of ammunition. A 64-year-old male resident was arrested and faces 17 firearms-related charges. He will appear in Pictou Court on Aug. 26.
Theft of Vehicle
On June 8, RCMP responded to a complaint of a theft of a vehicle from a residence on Pictou Landing Road. The vehicle, a 2010 Hummer H3, was later recovered on a railbed in Trenton and had been burned. No suspects have been identified in this theft and police are requesting anyone with any information about this crime to contact police or Crimestoppers.
Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision
On June 9, RCMP responded to a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on Pictou Landing Road. The female pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene. The 32-year-old male driver of the vehicle was arrested for impaired driving causing death and faces charges of refusal to provide a breath sample causing death and possession of a controlled substance. He will next appear in Pictou Court on July 22.
On June 15, RCMP responded to a complaint of an 83-year-old man who had become lost in the woods during a fishing excursion. The man was in a wooded area in the vicinity of Maclellans Mountain and did not know where he was. Police and Ground Search and Rescue responded and a helicopter was also called to assist. Police found the man later in the evening in a heavily wooded area. He was uninjured. Thanks to all who assisted in this search.
Impaired Vessel Operator
On June 15, RCMP and DFO members responded to a complaint of a possibly impaired vessel operator, operating a vessel near the Caribou Ferry Wharf. Members located the vessel and investigation at the scene resulted in the 28-year-old male operator of the vessel being arrested for impaired operation of a vessel. He resisted arrest and assaulted one of the officers during his arrest. The male faces charges of impaired operation of a conveyance, assaulting a peace officer and obstruction. He will appear in Pictou Court on Aug. 6.
On June 15, RCMP responded to a complaint of an indecent act which occurred on the Jitney Trail in Pictou. The complainant advised that she was walking her dog on the trail and encountered a man, who exposed his genitals to her and asked if she’d like to go on a date. The investigation included an immediate media release with a description of the man. Several calls were received from the public, resulting in the 31-year-old Pictou County man turning himself in to police. He was arrested and faces a charge of committing an indecent act. He will appear in Pictou Court on Sept. 3.
Break and Enter to Cemetery Facility
On June 20, RCMP responded to a complaint of a break and enter to a cemetery facility on Alma Road. The garage was broken into and several tools were taken, including a generator, a welder, whipper snippers and smaller tools. No suspects have been identified in this break and enter. Police are requesting that anyone with information about this break and enter please contact police or crimestoppers.
Two impaired drivers charged in 24 hours
On June 21 at approximately 1 a.m., a vehicle was observed by RCMP not stopping at a stop sign near exit 21 in Alma. The vehicle was stopped and investigation resulted in the 30-year-old female driver from Truro being arrested for impaired driving. At approximately 11:30 p.m., a vehicle was observed in Pictou making several turns without signalling. This vehicle was also stopped and investigation resulted in the 46-year-old male driver from New Glasgow being arrested for impaired driving. Both drivers face charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and driving with a blood alcohol content over .08.
Cpl. Ron Bryce
Pictou County District RCMP