RCMP deal with hunting violations, assaults and other crimes

This week Rimbey RCMP responded to 47 calls for service.

  • Nov. 19, 2013 3:00 p.m.

This week Rimbey RCMP responded to 47 calls for service. Highlights include a serious domestic assault, theft, impaired drivers, trespassing, hunting at night, and other serious matters.

Domestic assaults

Officers responded to several domestic assaults this week. In one case, a 37- year-old man, from the Gull Lake area, allegedly severely assaulted his wife. Police responded immediately, however, the male had fled the scene prior to police attending the residence but later turned himself in. The victim in this case was transported to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The accused has been charged with several criminal counts and is currently being held in jail pending release on bail. The man will appear in Rimbey court on December 6 to answer to the charges. Children Services is also assisting police in this matter.

Driver charged with drug possession

Police were conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 53 west of Rimbey and stopped a speeder near the Leslieville turn off. You would think the driver would have been going much slower than he was after he had smoked one of the joints in the truck. A 45-year-old man, who was a passenger in the truck, has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana. The 18-year-old driver had his license suspended for driving while under the influence of a narcotic and was charged for speeding.

Police respond to farm fatality

Police, Fire Department and EMS personnel responded to a very unfortunate farm accident west of town near Leedale. A local 89-year-old man had fallen into farm machinery while it was operating and was fatally injured. Rimbey and District Victim Services Unit assisted police in this difficult matter.

Arrests made

Police arrested two more wanted people. Officers continue to monitor individuals out on parole or on probation in the community. Again, criminal charges were laid for breaching court orders. Your local detachment members will continue to work diligently in partnership with the Probation Officer to ensure rules are being followed and anyone breaching their conditions will be prosecuted.

Police deal with hunting violations

Police received three complaints of shooting from the roadway after legal hunting time and on private property without permission in the same field near Gimlet. While officers staked out the area waiting for the next poacher to come along, someone shot twice near the one officer’s house after dark! Police and Fish and Wildlife Officers have been kept very busy dealing with hunting violations. Hunters must follow the sunrise/sunset tables and check their watches to ensure they are only shooting within the 1/2 hour prior to sunrise and 1/2 hour after sunset. In several cases, it was too dark to even read a watch when shots were being fired. There is a rule against this unsafe practise for a very good reason – if you can’t hardly see the deer, you cannot possibly see what is in the background behind the animal. Last week, an officer was out hunting on private land with his family in a quiet meadow and had set up a deer decoy hoping to entice a buck into the field from the thick bush nearby. While the officer intently waited with his family in the trees near the decoy a pickup truck going down the roadway suddenly slammed on its brakes and shot a deer in the field adjacent to the decoy. The truck then drove into the field and the hunter quickly loaded the deer and took off. Fortunately, in this case, these bandits did not see the decoy and shoot it! The officer and his family would have been in the line of fire. Needless to say, the decoy has been put away until it can be painted bright orange and decorated with Christmas lights!

Mounties investigate

Mounties were called to investigate a matter where a lady stated she had a dream where a deceased relative told her to go into the winter forest. Following up on the dream, she went for a walk near her country home and found skeletal remains. Police attended the scene and seized the bones and with the assistance of the Medical Examiner’s Office deemed them to be non-human.

Thieves steal tires

Thieves stole mudder tires from a truck parked at the Raceway and caused damages to the site.

If you have any information regarding this or any other crimes, please call the local Rimbey RCMP Detachment at (403) 843-2224 or Crime Stoppers: Phone: 1-800-222-8477 #8477 on Telus Mobility *8477 on Rogers AT&T.