RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

Nelson police called after house party turns violent

NPD dealt with a missing vehicle, house party fight and a domestic incident at an residence in the Uphill district.

Nelson Police experienced a busy few days as officers responded to a calls of a missing vehicle, house party fight and domestic incident at an residence in the Uphill district said Sergeant Dino Falcone said in a media release Sunday.

House party turns violent

Nelson Police dispatch was alerted to a fight at a house party in Uphill early Saturday morning.

Falcone said the call came in at 3:30 a.m. (March 18) that a large fight was happening.

Alcohol proves to be common factor in NPD calls

There were a few windows smashed in the downtown core this past week in Nelson. — Submitted photo

A spike in impaired drivers has Nelson Police reminding the public of the dangers of drinking and driving.

This comes after the department noticed an increase in impaired driving by both alcohol and drug in recent days causing some individuals to have their vehicles seized and driver’s licenses suspended. 

“The Nelson Police Department would like to remind those individuals partaking in activities involving alcohol to ensure they have a safe method of transportation home,” said NPD Sergeant Cory Hoy in media release Saturday.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Fraudsters attempt to cheat public with CRA scam

RCMP warn of the public not to answer any of those emails that mimics the actual CRA.

As RCMP recognizes March as Fraud awareness month, and the fact that Canadians are locked into preparing their taxes, police would like to remind the public of the always problematic Canada Revenue Agency Scam.

RCMP said this scam involves an individual calling a person at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.

"The caller states that repayment is required immediately," the media release said.

Nelson RCMP request public assistance in locating stolen vehicles

Nelson RCMP request public assistance in locating stolen vehicles

Nelson RCMP is requesting public assistance to locate the following vehicle's believed to have been stolen on or around February 20th, 2017 from the Beasley area.

The vehicles include:

  • 2015 Red Honda CRF 450 All Terrain Vehicle.
  • 2013 Polaris Assault Snowmobile with Orange & White decals.

Should any member of the general public have information with regards to this theft or whereabouts of these stolen vehicles they are requested to contact their nearest RCMP Detachment or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477.

SEEDS NELSON burglarized at Lakeside Greenhouse

Thieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photoThieves cut a hole in the locked greenhouse wall to enter the facility. — Submitted photo

SEEDS, a non-profit organization formed in 2012, is asking for public assistance to help solve a burglary at its greenhouse at Lakeside Park in Nelson.

SEEDS board member Stephanie Myers said in a media release sometime between Saturday February 26th at noon and Tuesday February 28th the greenhouse in Lakeside Park was broken into and three panels of LED lights were stolen.

Federal RCMP shut down sophisticated drug lab

Police said the sophisticated lab near Rock Creek had the potential to produce significant amount of methamphetamine.

A suspected methamphetamine lab operating near Rock Creek (34 kilometres east of Osoyoos) has been shut down and dismantled following a RCMP investigation.

On (Wednesday) March 1, members of the RCMP Federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) with the support of other RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime teams and regional detachments executed a search warrant on the rural property, seizing a significant quantity of illicit drugs, numerous weapons and arresting two men.  

Editorial: Governments serving whom?

No charges have been laid in the Mount Polley tailings dam disaster.

In my few years of reporting on Rossland City Council, I have observed different styles of interaction between Council members, and between Council and the public; I have observed different concerns and priorities.  But always, our City Councils seem to have been concerned to do the best thing for Rossland and its people -- according to the values of our Council members of the time.  Yes, priorities have differed, and some errors have happened.  We all know that.  Errors and misjudgments will probably always happen; we just hope the effects are relatively insignificant.

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

Tax protestor "educator" sentenced to two and a half years in jail

It's income tax time. And the Canda Revenue Agency (CRA) wants to ensure that everyone knows that tax evasion schemes are illegal -- and can result in jail time. 

One such scheme, called "Paradigm," has resulted in convictions and sentences for 32 people so far -- self-styled "educators" who promoted a fraudulent tax-evasion scheme.  Paradigm sold products (books, DVDs, and CDs), organized and taught fee-based seminars which “educated” people on how to structure their affairs in an attempt to illegally avoid taxes.

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