Barriere RCMP Report for May 31, 2012

Bike rodeo scheduled in Barriere for June 23, 2012

Cpl Darin Underhill

Barriere RCMP

May 31, 2012

To date the Barriere RCMP Detachment has had 484 calls for service, just up from 471 in 2011.  There have been a quite a few large investigational files this spring that utilized more than usual resources.  We are expecting a busy summer with many events coming up and a large influx of tourists and highway traffic.  We want to remind all motorists to drive safe, leave space and respect all road users.  If you see a hazardous situation on the highway call the local police Detachment or 911.  The more detail you have on the offending vehicle the better such as make, model, color (of vehicle and or trailer), license plate or province of origin, occupants and driver description.  The Barriere Detachment along with area Traffic Enforcement officers will be doing more aggressive driving enforcement over the summer months in an attempt to prevent injury and fatal collisions on our highway.

On May 18, 2012 in the early morning hours a vehicle collided with a fence and trees on a property off of Deejay Rd in Barriere.  The vehicle was driving in excess of the speed limit and attempted to make a right hand turn.  The vehicle collided with a stack of rocks, trees and wooden fence.  The occupants of the residence were inside at the time and not injured.  The truck then sped away and did not stop to check for injured parties or inform the land owner of the damage as required under the Motor Vehicle Act.  Police investigated the scene and with evidence identified the vehicle as a black colored Toyota pickup that had sustained damage to the front right of the vehicle.  The owner of the offending vehicle later attended the Barriere Detachment and provided his version of events.  Barriere RCMP charged the driver/ owner of the truck with failing to remain at the scene of an accident.

On May 24, 2012 a local resident received an email threatening his life if he didn’t pay the required amount.  Although there are many spam type emails where someone is trying to scam you for money this one was quite disturbing in the content.  If you have had an email like this and still have a copy of it please bring it down to the Barriere Detachment.  This email is being investigated as a death threat not just fraudulently trying to obtain money.

On May 24, Barriere RCMP responded to a fire started in the bushes outside a residence on Barkley Ave near the intersection of Airfield Rd.  The fire was observed by a neighbour who attempted to put the fire out with a garden hose while contacting police.  Barriere RCMP called out Barriere Volunteer Fire Dept who attended and put out the rest of the fire and checked for hot spots.  This is an arson type fire and police are looking for the public’s assistance in locating and apprehending the person(s) responsible for this.  If the conditions had been a little drier and a wind started this could have been a catastrophic fire and difficult to fight given the location.  Barriere RCMP want to thank the neighbours for their quick thinking and actions to have the fire under control very quickly.

On June 23, there will be a Bike Rodeo at the Ridge.  We are hoping to have representatives from all emergency services in the area, a Roll Over Simulator, activities for the kids and prizes for the participants.  The event is planned for outside but if the weather is not on our side we will still run the event in the gym portion of the Ridge.  There will be more detailed information coming out shortly so stay tuned!