Hampton beach walker winds up in explosive situation

Lawrence Powell editor@annapolisspectator.ca
Published on January 4, 2017

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

©Lawrence Powell

MIDDLETON – Christmas Eve may have been festive for most people, but for one family the fun was taken out of it when somebody shot out their front window.

And then there was the strange grey cylinder with the disarming instructions. And the false 911 calls. And the strange story of the stolen BMW that turned up in two counties. And there was the morning that police had to kick in a door to help rescue a person in a medical emergency.

All in all, Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve was a busy time for Annapolis District RCMP.

Following are some of the highlights:

-- Dec. 24 at 2:04 a.m. at Victoria Vale. Police responded to a complaint of discharging of a firearm. A person reported the front window was shot out of their house. The vehicle involved took off and the homeowner gave chase in their vehicle. Police went to the scene and took statements. A car was located and seized by police. The investigation is ongoing.

-- Dec. 24 at 5:23 a.m. at Bridgetown. Police received a 911 no-voice call. Police were able to determine that there was trouble on the line – at an empty MTT building.

-- Dec. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Wilmot. Police received a complaint of trespassing. The property in question is close to a walking path and the complainant was concerned that people may break into his garage. He’s seen people walking across his property in the past.

-- Dec. 24 at 10:49 a.m. at Middleton. Police were called to assist EHS to gain access to a residence for a medical emergency. Members went to the scene and determined that they had to gain entry. They kicked the door in to allow paramedics to provide emergency care to the person in the home. The person was taken to hospital for additional care.

-- Dec. 24 at 1:35 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police responded to a 911 hang-up call from a nursing facility. On call-back the operator was able to speak with medical staff at the facility. Police did attend the scene to confirm that there was no emergency.

-- Dec. 25 at 8:34 a.m. at Clementsport. Police received a 911 call about a single-vehicle accident. Police responded to a vehicle off the road near the dam on Clementsport Road. There were two occupants in the vehicle – one was taken to hospital to be checked. There was minimal damage to the vehicle.

-- Dec. 25 at 10:39 a.m. at Lequille. Police responded to a call about an abandoned vehicle at a gravel pit. Police were able to obtain registration information from the vehicle so as to contact the owner and have the vehicle removed.

-- Dec. 25 at 11:50 a.m. at Lequille. Police stopped a vehicle and charged the driver with having no insurance. It was the third violation for the driver. If found guilty the driver will pay a fine $5,872.50.

-- Dec. 25 at 2:06 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police received a complaint of trespassing where a group of youth crossed the complainant’s property while heading downtown. The complainant was concerned that they would do the same thing on their return trip. A patrol was made but the youth were gone. Police will continue to patrol the area.

-- Dec. 26 at 11:45 a.m. at Bridgetown on Highway 101. Police received a complaint of a possibly impaired driver heading east. The complainant reported that the vehicle was all over the road – hitting the shoulder on one side and crossing the centre line. Police located the vehicle. The driver was found to be sober and said he was not on his phone – and denied swerving.

-- Dec. 26 at 12:37 p.m. at Middleton. Police received a 911 hang-up call. On call-back there was no answer. Police went to the location and spoke with the property owner who said they were trying to call 411. There was no emergency.

-- Dec. 26 at 3:15 p.m. at Springfield. Police received a 911 call from a distraught woman who was stranded in Springfield.  

-- Dec. 26 at 3:23 p.m. at Hampton. Police were called to investigate a found item. The caller had been walking on the wharf beach and located a long, grey cylinder. It had arming and disarming instructions on it. The device warned to contact police if located. The caller marked the area and police went to the scene and contacted the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit. The EDU provided information on how to move the cylinder that it identified as Canadian Forces ordinance. Police were told not to put it in a vehicle. The military was contacted and arrangements were made to pick up the cylinder.

-- Dec. 26 at 4:50 p.m. at Tupperville. Police received a call from a motorist who said they were cut off by another driver. A patrol was made by both Annapolis and Kingston RCMP but they were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Police contacted the owner of the suspect vehicle who lives in Dartmouth and cautioned the driver.

-- Dec. 26 at 7:29 p.m. at Spa Springs. Police received a complaint of an erratic driver. The car was weaving all over the road and travelling at various speeds. Annapolis and Kings RCMP attended the scene and searched for the vehicle but it was not located. Vehicle information did not match the license plate provided.

-- Dec. 26 at 10 p.m. at Nictaux. Police conducted a checkstop on Highway 201. Thirty-four cars were checked. There were no violations.

-- Dec. 26 at 11:13 p.m. at Torbrook. Police received a 911 hang-up call. RCMP went to the location and were advised the 911 call may have been made when the children knocked the phone over. There was no emergency.

-- Dec. 27 at 2:34 a.m. at Middleton. Police stopped a vehicle and charged the driver with driving with no insurance. This was the second offense for the driver. If found guilty they will pay a fine of $2422.50.

-- Dec. 27 at 3:08 a.m. at Middleton. Police stopped a vehicle and determined that the license plate was stolen. The driver had no driver’s license, insurance, or registration. The driver was arrested. He received a ticket for not having insurance and the plate was seized. The vehicle was towed.

-- Dec. 27 at 10:08 a.m. at Middleton. Police received a complaint of an abandoned vehicle on the trail near Rotary Park. Police went to the scene and determined the vehicle was stolen from the Barrington area. Police had the vehicle towed. The investigation is ongoing.

-- Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. at Lawrencetown. Police received a complaint of a 911 static call. On call-back the phone just kept ringing. Aliant advised that the problem was on the line and causing the 911 call. There was no emergency.

-- Dec. 27 at 3:43 p.m. at Wilmot. Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle – a black BMW. It was found stashed in a field just off the abandoned railway track. Police went to the scene but by that time the vehicle was gone. The vehicle was later located in Kings County – abandoned. The car was towed and will be looked at by the forensic identification unit.

-- Dec. 27 at 7:24 p.m. at Middleton. Police responded to a break-and-enter into a residence. The caller reported being away from the home for 90 minutes. The door was left unlocked. An unknown amount of jewellery, cash, and a man’s watch were stolen. Police went to the scene and seized a number of items for forensic examination. Statements and photos were taken. The investigation continues.

-- Dec. 27 at 11:27 p.m. at Inglewood. Police received a report of suspicious activity. The caller reported three people in a driveway at a location where the owners are away. Police were unable to get any further details about the suspect people or the vehicle they were driving. Police made a patrol to the home. The buildings were secure and the suspects had left the area. The homeowner later provided information that they had given friends permission to pick up the vehicle that was in the driveway – nothing suspicious.

-- Dec. 27 at 11:33 p.m. at Douglas Road. Police received a report of arson. The building had a previous fire and was bulldozed by the owner in July. The second fire was set to the remains of the demolished house. Middleton fire attended and extinguished the fire. The fire is under investigation.

-- Dec. 28 at 8:13 a.m. at Parkers Cove. Police received a report of a 13-year-old missing female. Police went to the home but while en route learned that the young girl had simply gone to another family member’s home. Everything was okay.

-- Dec. 28 at 2:02 p.m. at Middleton. Police pulled over a vehicle and charged the driver with driving with no insurance. It was the first violation for the driver. If found guilty the driver will pay a fine of $1,272.50. The driver also received a ticket for not having a vehicle permit. If guilty they will pay a fine of $151.25.

-- Dec. 28 at 8:03 p.m. at Cornwallis Park. Police received a report of an alarm sounding from a business in the park. A patrol was made and police learned that the alarm was set off by a cleaner working in the building. There was no emergency.

-- Dec. 28 at 10:34 p.m. at Cornwallis Park. Police received a complaint of a truck driving recklessly down the street. There were snow and ice conditions at the time. Police made a patrol to the area but were unable to locate the vehicle.

-- Dec. 30 at 10:13 a.m. at Highway 10 Middleton. Police conducted a checkstop. Thirty cars were checked. Three tickets were issued and four verbal warnings were given out.

-- Dec. 30 at 10:14 a.m. at Middleton. Police stopped vehicle and the driver was charged with speeding.  If found guilty the driver will pay a fine of $237.50 .

-- Dec. 30 at 10:36 a.m. at Middleton. Police stopped a vehicle and charged the driver with failing to obey traffic signs. If guilty the driver will pay a fine of $180.

-- Dec. 30 at 12:35 p.n. at Nichols Mountain Road. Police were called to deal with a traffic hazard. Police went to the scene and observed trees down across the road. The Department of Transportation was advised. DoT employees arrived and removed the trees from the road.

-- Dec. 30 at 12:43 p.m. at Greywood. Police received a complaint of damage to property. The caller’s gate was pushed open by a vehicle that he believes was attempting to gain access to a cottage. This incident happened two days prior to the call to police and was being reported for information purposes.

-- Dec. 30 at 2:44 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police received a 911 hang-up call from Mountain Lea Lodge. Police went to the scene and did a search of the building. There was no emergency.

-- Dec. 30 at 4:15 p.m. at South Williamston. Police received a complaint of a loose horse heading towards Greenwood on Highway 201. Police patrolled and the horse was located and placed back in the barn by the owner.

-- Dec. 30 at 8:34 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police received a call from a man who was worried that his mother might be falling victim to a telephone scam. Police referred him to the Annapolis Seniors Safety Program coordinator.

-- Dec. 31 at 9:32 a.m. at Paradise. Police stopped a vehicle for speeding and issued the driver with a ticket. If found guilty the driver will pay a fine of $295.

-- Dec. 31 at 11:07 a.m. at Brooklyn. Police received a complaint of theft of gas. The complainant reported that a driver drove off without paying for $70.83 of gas. Vehicle information was provided to police. The driver was identified and contacted and he returned and paid for the gas. He drove away by mistake.

-- Dec. 31 at 1:03 p.m. at Highway 10 at Middleton. Police conducted radar enforcement. Forty vehicles were checked. Three written warnings and four verbal warnings were issued.

-- Dec. 31 at 7:15 p.m. at Tupperville. Police charged a driver with speeding on Highway 101. If found guilty the driver will pay a fine of $352.50.

-- Dec. 31 at 7:58 p.m. at Bear River. Police conducted a checkpoint. Twenty cars were checked with no violations.

-- Dec. 31 at 9:08 p,m. at Highway 1 Deep Brook. Police conducted a checkstop of 40 vehicles. There were no violations.

-- Dec. 31 at 9:28 p.m. at Highway 201 at Lequille. A checkstop was conducted and 25 cars were stopped. There was one warning issued for a loud muffler.

-- Dec. 31 at 10:30 p.m. at Bridgetown. A checkstop was conducted on Queen Street.

-- Dec. 31 at 10:37 p.m. at Bridgetown. Police responded to a call about a missing person from a residential facility in Bridgetown. RCMP made a patrol to the area. The police dog service was contacted but prior to deployment the person was located near Arlington.

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.