Masset police report

  • Jan. 10, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Masset RCMP would like to wish Happy New Year to all Haida Gwaii residents and all the best in 2013. While locals enjoyed their New Year’s Eve celebrations, Masset RCMP enjoyed a relatively calm night. Highly visible roadblocks conducted by the members helped ensure that drivers were not drinking. Of the more than 70 vehicles checked, no impaired drivers were located and only a small number of motor vehicle infractions were dealt with. The only other complaint received that night was about an intoxicated woman who refused to leave the Mile Zero Pub. Once 2013 was underway, it didn’t take long before Masset RCMP were busy again. During the afternoon of Jan. 1, RCMP were called to investigate a report of a missing vehicle. The vehicle was taken without the owner’s consent by a 17-year-old youth and was returned later that same day, undamaged. Charges are being considered. Late that night, Masset RCMP responded to a report of a domestic dispute at the trailer park in Port Clements in which alcohol was involved. Police attended and conducted an investigation, with no charges pending at this time. Alcohol-related incidents were the focus of requests for service for the Masset RCMP for Jan. 2 and 3. One resident was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and causing a disturbance on Jan. 3, while a report of a domestic disturbance in Masset turned out to be a heated argument between intoxicated occupants. No charges are pending on either investigation. An anonymous report of a dispute on Eagle Avenue in Old Massett on Jan. 4 turned out to be an improper address. No further complaints were received about this incident and Masset RCMP are uncertain as to who may have been involved. If anyone has any further details, please contact the RCMP. Jan. 5 started off with another earthquake and subsequent tsunami warning. The communities of Old Massett, Masset, Tow Hill and Port Clements all implemented their emergency plans and evacuations occurred. The evacuation of Masset and Old Massett went more smoothly than the last one in October and there were less issues noted in the flow of traffic up the hill to the evacuation site. The public is reminded that while it is understandable that energies are high after feeling the ground shake, for everyone’s safety, drivers need to drive respectfully and in accordance with the law. One accident occurred at the start of the evacuation that distracted Emergency Services from their duties. Further, an accident could impede the flow of traffic during the evacuation. Fortunately, only minor injuries resulted from this accident and traffic was able to continue moving. On Jan. 7, Masset RCMP were involved in a drug investigation which resulted in the arrest of two locals. Charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance are being contemplated. Anyone observing any illegal or suspicious activities within our communities are requested to please contact the Masset RCMP at 250-626-3991 or anonymously to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at www.bccrimestoppers.com