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Parking rage over bylaw lands man in jail: graffiti-ist loses his muse

A dressing down of a City bylaw officer landed a man in jail Thursday afternoon.

The 31-year-old Nelson man took umbrage around 4 p.m. with a bylaw officer who had approached him about a parking infraction.

The male began to verbally abuse the female officer using offensive, degrading and profane language.  He then threatened violence and death to the officer and towards the officer's family, prompting the officer to call Nelson police in.

That didn't faze him as the man continued to berate her. However, said NPD Sgt. Steve Bank, once he saw the police arriving he fled into a business in the 500 block of Baker Street.

The man was arrested a short time later and taken to jail.

"He now faces the criminal charge of threatening and will be making a court appearance in Nelson Provincial Court on Dec. 6," said Sgt. Bank in a police release.

Police are asking for the assistance of any person who may have witnessed the incident to contact the investigator at 250-354-3919.

Caught in the act

A budding graffiti artist from Calgary lost his creative muse Tuesday night.

Around 8 p.m. Nelson Police caught and arrested a 16-year-old youth who was in the process of spraying graffiti on the wall of the Nelson Curling Club.

An investigation allegedly revealed five more large 'tags' throughout Nelson. The youth also admitted to spraying graffiti in his hometown of Calgary. 

Currently, Nelson Police are liaising with Calgary Police Service with respect to the situation.

Although the youth has agreed to repair the damage he caused here in Nelson, he will face charges of mischief if he fails to do so.

  • In all, the Nelson Police attended 86 calls-for-service between Aug. 29 and Sept. 1.