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Drug Trash Placed On Mayor’s Driveway

Unless you’re new to town or pay no attention to local politics or social media you can’t have missed the controversy over the homeless in Grand Forks.

Many of those who are scared, upset and frustrated with the petty crime, tarp shanties and the ongoing ‘fight’ with BC Housing have taken to pushing back at the only government within reach – city council. The agenda appears to quite simple: When they couldn’t enlist all of council in their desire to eradicate the current support system for the homeless they’ve gone after the holdouts with the primary target being the Mayor.

When Mayor Taylor did what we expect of someone who really cares about all the people in the city and refused to be pushed into a stance that runs counter to the needs of neediest in his community the hate machine swung into action. Diatribes, accusations, character assassination and vitriol oozed into every social networking group about local affairs on Facebook. I hear that on the closed to the public groups the language and accusations have been actionable.

But in spite of all of that Mr. Taylor sticks to his principles and will not be bullied.

Apparently someone has decided that speech is not enough and moved on to actions.

Recently one individual on Facebook was doxxing the Mayor – offering a map to get to the Mayor’s property for anyone who cared to private message them. Why would someone offer that? And why would someone need to know that?

Well now we know an answer: sometime the other night they dropped a mess of used syringes in a line across his driveway. Within the debris was also some of the things drug users also use to get their fix. And a partially full disposal container.

There was also a little derogatory sign erected nearby. There’s indications they prowled around inside a building on the property.

Mr. Taylor is not the only person who lives here: his daughter and grandson also call this home.

The controversy online about this is telling.

  • Some call it violence or even terrorism. Others disagree with using those terms.
  • Some equate this obviously intentional act with the callous and casual disposal of individual needles in public places by addicts (as if one bad deed cancels out another) . . . conveniently forgetting that the addicts are likely so high they are barely competent.
  • Some even suggest that he, or someone associated with the same side he is perceived to be on, did this as some sort of stunt to cast opposing groups in a bad light . . . in this era where anything can be (and is) questioned I guess that kind of what-if-ism is to be expected.

It’s a sad state our town has come to but, as with the problem at the heart of the controversy, we are not special or unique in this. It can, and does, happen in other places.

This is an effort to shut down democracy by trying to scare a local politician to either go along with the angry groups or leave the stage so others can do that. Intimidation and scare tactics are examples of what fascists and thugs resort to when persuasion fails.

That it is happening to the mayor under whom I’ve most seen the processes at city hall become more open and democratic is ironic.

While the hope is that the police will find the person(s) responsible for this the fact is that it happened.

People en-flamed by passionate feelings about something can find themselves doing things that they later regret. With today’s social networked world it becomes easy to plug into echo chambers populated by others who share and echo your fears and concerns.

Facebook is a challenge to society in particular.

The idea that angry like minded people can cloister themselves in closed-to-the-public groups might have seemed like a nice idea at some point to somebody but some of what it’s actually being used for is concerning at best and frightening at worst.

Just as false news and malicious rumour pervade the arena of national level politics it’s now happening at local levels albeit not as slick.

You might have noticed that many people behave differently online from who they are offline. Often they’re louder and more likely to say things they’d shy from saying offline except with close friends. Express negative thoughts and views – cast shade on others publicly.

When they converse in one of these closed-to-the-public-view groups they loosen up and can get quite malicious. And creative with the facts. The pseudo ‘private’ feeling the group has apparently allows them a free-to-shoot-their-mouths-off feeling. And I’m willing to bet some of it crosses the line from okay to actionable. Or possibly criminal.

But all that is out there – Facebook gives them a place to play hidden from view until a court order forces it all out into some lawyer’s hands that is. So until they are stung I think a lot of people will continue to spew hated, vitriol, and untruths. They can’t stop themselves . . . and someday it could all be fodder for some lawyer on the other side of the room in a court.

Until then one can only hope that cooler heads will prevail, as they say, and it doesn’t get worse.

To close this off I’ll point out something to the Doxxer in this piece. And anyone else thinking it’s a good idea. Or thinking what happened is more of a prank than anything more.

Doxxing can end you up in court. Maybe prison. Or the poor house (oh the irony if they became homeless).

That’s because whatever bad thing that happens to the target of your doxing falls on your neck the same as if you did the crime. Arson happens and you’re now an arsonist and that’s what you’ll get charged with. Assault happens and that’s what you’ll get charged with.

It falls under section 22 of the Criminal Code, counseling someone to commit an offense. If you’re thinking of trying it out your should check it out first – I hope it chills any crazy ideas out of you.

Trail RCMP Update – May 27, 2019

On June 16, 2019, at 1:00 p.m the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP will host the Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of the Special Olympics BC.  This event is open to the public for registration.  The RCMP ask the public to join them and show their support for this worthy cause.  People of all fitness levels are welcome to come walk or run in the event.  Please see the attached poster for more details.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2445

On May 24, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of male shooting arrows with a bow across Casino Road, in Trail, BC.  Alcohol consumption was a factor in this matter.  The RCMP spoke to a 35-year-old and a 56-year-old male who didn’t realize the potential consequences of their actions.  The males were compliant and ceased this activity after the warning from the RCMP. 

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2453

On May 25, 2019, at 12:54 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 44-year-old-male driver and his vehicle near the intersection of Rossland Avenue and Highway 22, in Trail, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2463

On May 25, 2019, at 8:15 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment responded to a call of a serious assault with a weapon between a 42-year-old male accused and a 24-year-old-male victim, in the 2300 block of Washington Street, in Rossland, BC.  The victim was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, in which he underwent surgery for injuries to his neck.  The victim recovered in hospital after surgery.  The two males were known to each other and the public is not believed to be in danger.     

The accused was arrested by the RCMP and will make his first appearance in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC, on August 15, 2019, for Assault Causing Bodily Harm contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2484

On May 26, 2019, at 11:01 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment responded to a call of disturbance in the 2000 block of Daniel Street, in Trail, BC.  The complainant was upset that her roommate put too many towels in the dryer.  Alcohol was a factor in the dispute.  This matter was determined not to be a police matter and the parties were asked to separate from each other for the night.

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Beaver Valley May Days

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted extra patrols and Road Safety Check Stops in Fruitvale, BC, over the course of the Beaver Valley May Days Weekend Celebration from Friday, May 24 to Sunday, May 26, 2019. 

Notable investigations stemming from the event:

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2462

On May 25, 2019, at 12:54 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 58-year-old-male driver and his vehicle on Old Salmo Road, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2465

On May 25, 2019, at 22:14 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 41-year-old-male driver and his vehicle near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2470

On May 25, 2019, at 23:17 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 40-year-old-female driver and her vehicle on Main Street, in Fruitvale, BC.   The RCMP determined that her ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol.  The driver failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has her vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2474

On May 26, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a motorcycle and SUV vehicle on Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.  The 44-year-old motorcyclist had allegedly crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with the SUV being driven by a 57-year-old male.  The motorcyclist was taken to the Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, to be treated for his injuries.  His status is currently unknown.

On May 26, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a report of a collision between a motorcycle and SUV vehicle on Columbia Gardens Road, in Fruitvale, BC.  The 44-year-old motorcyclist had allegedly crossed the center line of the roadway and collided with the SUV being driven by a 57-year-old male.  The motorcyclist was taken to the Kelowna General Hospital, in Kelowna, BC, to be treated for his injuries.  His status is currently unknown.

The RCMP continue to investigate this matter to determine what factors lead the motorcycle to allegedly crossing the centre line of the roadway and hit the SUV.

Do you have any information to share or questions to ask of the Trail RCMP on these or any other matter contact our contact:

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (to restore the email address just remove the spaces before and after the @)
Tel: 250-368-2180 / Cel: 250-231-1704 / Fax: 250-364-1453

Trail RCMP Update June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2523

On May 28, 2019, at 5:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to the report of an intentionally set fire outside of the Gescan building in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue, in Trail, BC. The RCMP conducted an investigation and identified an alleged suspect. The RCMP located and arrested the alleged 34-year-old male suspect near the area of the fire.

The 34-year-old male suspect will make his first court appearance on August 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.
The RCMP are still determining if there are any connections to the seven grass fires lit along Columbia Avenue on the Silver City Day Weekend, in May 2019.
The charge against the suspect will be Arson for causing damage to property contrary to Section 434 of the Criminal Code.

Additionally: Wildfire Prevention

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are beginning to receive complaints of people throwing cigarette butts out of windows of vehicles. The RCMP would like to remind the public that discarded cigarette butts can start fires which can quickly become out of control due to the dry conditions in Trail and the Greater area. This could result in damage to property and serious harm or death to the public. Anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a vehicle window can face fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for littering. Any associated damage or harm to human life that result from this type of negligence can result in criminal and civil consequences to the perpetrator(s).

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2581

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a complaint of a black bear roaming the neighbourhood in the area of Bay Avenue and Topping Street, in West Trail, BC. The bear was dispatched by the RCMP due to the risk to the general public which included children in the area at the time of the incident.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP remind the public to secure their garbage in an effort to reduce animal attractants and human-wildlife conflict.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2585

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a complaint of speeding vehicles during school hours in the Glenmerry Elementary School Zone, in Trail, BC. The RCMP would like to remind the public that school is still in operation until the end of the school year on June 27, 2019.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2596

On June 1, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of an assault with a weapon at the Tunnel Pub located on Schofield Highway, in Trail, BC. A 54-year-old male was hit in the face with a beer glass by another 54-year-old male assailant during a verbal dispute. Alcohol was a factor in the situation. The assailant fled the scene; however, was located and arrested by the RCMP. The assailant was held in custody overnight and released on conditions not to communicate with the victim, not to attend the Tunnel Pub, and to abstain from the consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
The assailant will make his first court appearance on August 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2607

On June 2, 2019, at 5:53 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of a sudden death of a 60-year-old male along the Columbia River near the Bailey Street and Bay Avenue, in downtown Trail, BC. The death is not considered suspicious at this time and the BC Coroner Service is the lead investigating agency.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2616

On June 2, 2019, at 3:31 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 42-year-old male driver and his vehicle on the Schofield Highway, in Warfield, BC. The driver and vehicle was swerving in and out of his lane and smashed the side of his vehicle into the cement median at one point. The RCMP located the driver and his damaged vehicle. The driver found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by the RCMP officer. The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment will continue its enhanced campaign against impaired driving in order to make the roadways safer for the public throughout the summer.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ to restore email address)
Tel: 250-368-2180
Cel: 250-231-1704
Fax: 250-364-1453

Trail RCMP monitor Unsanctioned Bush Party ‘Stag Night’

What follows is compiled from a couple of RCMP media releases. It shows how they dealt with an event from before it happened to after. (emphasis added by me)

On May 28, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP were made aware that an unsanctioned Grade 11 and 12 known as “Stag Night” will be taking place tonight in the Pend’Oreille near the Seven Mile Dam, in Trail, BC. 

During this event, there will be the consumption of alcohol by minors and “hazing” of the younger people attending this party. The “hazing” consists of paddling younger students (Grade 11 and below) with wooden paddles. 

The RCMP will be setting up an inspection check point on Seven Mile Dam Road with the intention of inspecting all vehicles attending this bush party under the authority of the Liquor Licencing and Control Act. The RCMP will be seizing alcohol in possession of minors and that will believed to be consumed by minors. This may include seizing excess liquor from adults attending the party if it is believed that it will be consumed by youth.  Any wooden paddles may be seized as a weapon due to their purpose to assault other students.

The RCMP want to ensure the event is a safe event and good time for all in attendance.  The RCMP would like to remind those of the recent tragedy early this year in this area in which two youth died in a motor vehicle accident on Seven Mile Dam Road.  The RCMP asked everyone to use good judgment during this event.  The BC Liquor Inspector has been contacted and may be in attendance to this event.

In response to an ask for clarification by media: … expand on the hazing. One cannot willingly consent to being assaulted with a weapon.  If the RCMP received a complaint from a student who was padded [sic], we will have to conduct a criminal investigation into Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code.

May 29, 2019
Last night the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted two inspection check points and checked approximately 80 vehicles.  As a result the police seized:

  • 1 bottle of 1.14 litre of hard alcohol
  • 375 ml bottles of hard alcohol x 4
  • 88 cans of alcoholic coolers/hard ice treat and lemonade type beverages.
  • 1 mini-bottle of Peach Schnapps
  • 16 beer

Warnings were provided to two drivers for driving without their “N”. The students all had dedicated sober drivers to take them to and from the site.  Each student was warned that paddling another student would be considered an offence of Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code. No paddles were located during vehicles searches.  The RCMP will follow up with an education talk with the JL Crowe High School students at a future date.