Assaults, accidents, and firearms keep Annapolis County RCMP busy


Published on March 16, 2017

Annapolis RCMP Crime Report looks at the weekly calls for service police answer.

©Lawrence Powell

MIDDLETON - It was a week of assaults, unregistered restricted firearms, and checkstops in Annapolis County from March 6 to 13 -- and a whole lot of other calls for service to which RCMP members responded.

Annapolis District RCMP responded to 123 calls including 15 that were 911-related, one concerning animals, one to assist another government agency, three false alarms, one false fire alarm, three frauds, two harassing communications, and one impaired driving call

There were also 47 related to those restricted weapons, but those were all RCMP-generated as police attempt to account for firearms under a previous gun registry.

There was a Liquor Control Act call, four mental health calls, four motor vehicle crashes, numerous traffic violations, a theft over $5,000, a theft under $5,000, a sexual assault, a suspicious vehicle, a theft of a bicycle, one drug trafficking call, one uttering threats, and two wellbeing checks.

Following are a few of the calls for service:

(Note: Due to the sensitive nature of cases concerning sexual assault, children’s welfare and mental health issues, not all calls are considered appropriate for publication.)

-- March 6 at 3:14 p.m. West Dalhousie. Police received a call about a suspicious person walking on the West Dalhousie Road. The man was seen walking onto people’s property and occasionally going into the woods. Police made a patrol and located the man who said he was new to the area and had planned to do some hitchhiking in the area. Police provided transportation and advised the man to call them if he needed any further assistance.

-- March 7 at 6:50 a.m. Middleton. A person was identified as being in possession of an unregistered prohibited firearm as per the former restricted weapons registered system. RCMP are working on bringing unregistered weapons into compliance with the Canadian Firearms Information System. Forty-six other firearms in Annapolis County were identified as being in the same category.

-- March 8 at 5 p.m. at Centrelea. Police received a complaint that a person was receiving unwanted calls from an unknown person all winter long and recently the calls had been increasing in frequency. During the calls the phone would ring into an open line but nothing is heard on the call. The person has been given instruction on tracing the call and has been advised to contact their phone service provider as it may be a technical issue with the phone lines.

-- March 9 at 7:04 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police received a complaint of a single-vehicle accident involving a deer. Police went to the scene. The deer was dead on the side of the road. The driver and passenger were not injured. The vehicle sustained significant damage and was not drivable so a tow truck removed the vehicle.

-- March 9 at 8:16 a.m. at Middleton on Highway 10. Police conducted a checkstop with radar enforcement. Thirty vehicles went through the checkstop. Two summary offense violations and one written warning were issued. Two other checkstops were conducted during the week in Nictaux and the other in Lawrencetown.

-- March 9 at 4:49 p.m. at Wilmot. Police received a complaint of fighting at a residence in Wilmot. Police went to the location and learned that no assault or threat had taken place. It was a verbal argument between the two parties. The assault claim was unfounded.

-- March 9 at 8:44 p.m. at Port Lorne. Police were called to a complaint that a donkey and a horse were on the road in Port Lorne. RCMP members patrolled the area and with the assistance of the owner located the animals and they were put back in the barn.

-- March 9 at 1:25 p.m. at Upper Granville. Police received a complaint from a motorist who was driving behind a vehicle that was believed to be driven by an impaired person. The vehicle was reported to be all over the road and had almost gone into the ditch. Police attempted to intercept but the vehicle was gone on arrival. Police were able to contact the owner of the suspect vehicle from plate information. Police determined the driver was fatigued, not impaired. The driver reported pulling over a number of times to keep from falling asleep.

-- March 10 at 3:53 p.m. at Maitland Bridge. Police were called to a complaint of assault. Police learned that the complainant had been assaulted by another male. Police went to the scene and began an investigation which is ongoing.

-- March 10 at 7:15 p.m. at Bear River. Police were called to a complaint of assault. A male was arrested and later released on a promise to appear and conditions. The accused will appear in court on April 24.

-- March 10 at 5:58 p.m. at Upper Granville. Police received a complaint of a vehicle all over the road on Highway 1 in Upper Granville heading east towards Bridgetown. Police were able to intercept the vehicle. There were no signs of impairment but the driver was issued a verbal warning for crossing a double solid line.

-- March 10 at 8:58 a.m. at Meadowvale. Police received a complaint of a theft from a motor vehicle. A homemade bike valued at about $2,000 was taken from a truck. Police were able to obtain a description and serial number -- plus photos of the bike. This will be added to the Canadian Police Information Centre to monitor in the event the bike is put for sale. The investigation is ongoing.

-- March 12 at 9:57 p.m. at Middleton. Police received a complaint of an assault. Police attended and arrested one male who has been charged with assault and will appear in court at a later date.

-- March 12 at 1:03 p.m. at Bear River. Police received a complaint of harassing phones calls. The complainant was receiving calls from a person known to her. Calls were not threatening in nature but the complainant would like them to stop. Police advised the complainant of their options.

-- March 12 at 9:57 p.m. at Wilmot. Police responded to a two-vehicle crash on Highway 1 in Wilmot. There wee no injuries. One vehicle crossed the road to avoid hitting a dog that had run out in front of it. That vehicle braked quickly and the vehicle behind was unable to stop in time and collided with the front vehicle. There was minimal damage to the vehicles. Parties exchanged vehicle and insurance information.

-- March 13 at 7:29 a.m. at Lequille. Police responded to a 911 single-vehicle accident with a truck in the ditch. The driver reported he was not injured. The vehicle was a Canadian Forces truck. EHS attended. Upon police arrival a military tow truck and other military personnel were on scene.

Crimes, or information on crimes, can be reported to the Annapolis RCMP at 825-2000 in Middleton, or 665-4481 in Bridgetown. Information on crimes can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.