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Annapolis RCMP deal with more llama drama, crashes, and a few too many beverages in the morning

Annapolis RCMP Crime Report looks at the weekly calls for service police answer.
Annapolis RCMP police report looks at the weekly calls for service police answer. - Lawrence Powell

ANNAPOLIS COUNTY, NS - It was another busy week for Annapolis District RCMP July 31 to Aug. 5 as police responded to numerous motor vehicle collisions, speeding vehicles, and as always -- some llamas, deer, and cows!

It was also a tragic week when a pedestrian was struck and killed. The thoughts of RCMP members are with the family of the deceased.

July 31

RCMP received a call about a loose horse in the road in West Springhill. Bridgetown RCMP figured it was best to send Const. “Ponee” for this call. Unfortunately, the Ponee could not find the horse!

A break into a local RV storage yard in Middleton resulted in the theft of six sets of tires, and a television and sound bar from two RVs. It appears the suspects gained access through the ATV trails and then climbed over the fence to the compound. RCMP are requesting the public if they have information on this to contact the Annapolis County RCMP.

On the same day, RCMP responded to call of another break and enter in Middleton. The complainant saw two people in the laundromat and was concerned they broke in. No break in….they were actually just doing their laundry! Strange someone would be in a laundromat doing laundry.

Cows, cows, and more cows in South Williamston. Patrols were made and the RCMP member spoke to the cows about the dangers of crossing the road. When the cows were asked why they crossed the road they replied to the officer “To get to the UDDER side.”

A caller reported that she saw a male walk by her apartment building in Lawrencetown, followed by smoke. She followed the smoke to find a small fire lit. RCMP located the male and spoke with him and he denied any knowledge of the fire. Luckily, no damage was caused by the fire.

RCMP responded to a local business in Middleton where a caller reported there was a disoriented male with a black dog. Patrols were made in the area but could not locate the man or the dog.

A red ford truck was found in the ditch in Port Royal. Luckily both the driver and the truck were ok. It appears that the driver possibly took the corner too hard and veered off into the ditch.

In Granville Ferry a driver could not avoid the deer running out in front of her vehicle. The deer hit the right fender of her vehicle and continued to keep going. There was minor damage to the vehicle.

August 1

More llama drama! The wandering llama was back again in Lawrencetown. RCMP attended and due to attending previous calls with the llama, the member already had a bond with him. The llama went willingly with the member. The llama was warned again to stay home!

A suspicious person was reported in Meadowvale. Someone came on to her door and claimed to be an activist against clear cutting. The caller claimed the person appeared to be severely intoxicated. RCMP members made several patrols in the area but could not locate this man.

Another deer versus motor vehicle was reported at Maitland Bridge. There was several thousand dollars damage to the vehicle.

RCMP received a complaint of a possible impaired driver in Paradise. Members made a patrol and located the vehicle. The driver was not impaired but did state she was trying to reach something on the floor. The officer advised her next time to pull over before doing this.

RCMP received a report of a vehicle in the ditch in New Albany, with air bags deployed. The caller saw the vehicle in the ditch for a few days, but was unsure what had happened. RCMP had not received a complaint of the crash which seemed unusual. After police checks were completed, the officer understood why the driver of the vehicle probably did not report it. The owner of the vehicle is prohibited from driving Canada Wide. The investigation is still ongoing.

RCMP responded at 11:44 a.m. to a business in Middleton reporting an intoxicated male. A patrol was made by officers who found a male who had way too many beverages that morning. The man stated he was fishing but RCMP believe there was a lot more drinking then fishing. Because of his state of intoxication, he was transported by EHS to the hospital.

Four hours later, a taxi attended Bridgetown RCMP with an intoxicated male. The male was extremely intoxicated and stated he was going to Digby fishing. Yes, this was the same male officers dealt with in the morning and obviously he wasted no time to get to the NSLC after being released from the hospital! He was lodged in cells and released when he was sober, which needless to say, was much later. He did receive a parting gift from the RCMP of a ticket of $134 for being intoxicated in a public place.

August 2

RCMP assisted Department of Environment in Nictaux. The owner of land was in the process of attempting to build a subdivision on wetlands. A cease work order was immediately issued on the property owner, by the Department of Environment.

A suspicious phone called was received by a resident in Round Hill. She said a caller stated he had a note on his car window that she damaged his vehicle and there was green paint on it. The caller then demanded the name of her insurance company. Excellent investigation skills of the RCMP led the caller to be tracked down and identified. It ended up being a family member playing a joke. RCMP advised that call display showed his number so it was easy to find out who it was!

A traffic collision between a vehicle and three pedestrians resulted in a fatality in Wilmot. An RCMP collision reconstruction expert attended. The vehicle was travelling west on Highway 1; the same direction the pedestrians were walking. The pedestrians were not seen by the driver. One man was pronounced dead at the scene and two females were transported to hospital. RCMP are still investigating but pedestrians walking with traffic instead of against, along that it was late at night and dark, definitely played a factor. RCMP reminds the public to always walk facing oncoming traffic.

A caller reported youths on his property in the evenings lighting fires. RCMP responded and youths were warned to remain off private property. RCMP reminds the public that there is a fire ban on from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.

August 3

Reports of a speeding vehicle and erratic driver in Upper Clements warranted the RCMP to attend the area. The RCMP located the vehicle at Robins Donuts and spoke with the driver. The driver did admit to driving fast but stated it was because he was late for work. Obviously not that late; he had time to stop for a coffee!

While in Home Hardware in Middleton, a shopper came out to find his vehicle damaged. It appears someone hit the vehicle and left the scene. Anyone that may have any information on the hit-and-run are requested to contact the RCMP.

August 4

Dangerous driving in Bridgetown will result in the driver being charged criminally. The person who contacted RCMP was driving when another vehicle passed her on a double solid line, coming so close as to damage her side mirror. She ended up losing control of her vehicle and going off the road. She was transported to hospital where she was treated and released. The investigation is ongoing.

A caller from Clementsvale saw kids with a long gun. A patrol was made by RCMP who located the youth. The long gun was actually a BB gun. The youth were warned on the dangers of using the guns near neighbouring residences.

A theft from a field in South Farmington was reported. Twenty-one pieces of six-inch, aluminum irrigation pipe was taken from the complainant’s his fields. Police are requesting anyone with any information on this, please contact the RCMP. The investigation is ongoing.

A disturbance broke out at the Wilmot flea market. A man was screaming at a woman, scaring her enough that she got in her vehicle in attempts to get away. He continued to follow her, yelling through the window of the car. The investigation remains open.

In Carleton Corner, a report of a suspicious male came in to the RCMP. The caller stated the male was walking up the road with two blue, plastic water barrels. These water barrels were set up for the triathlon the following morning. Patrols were made but man could not be located.

August 5

More off-road vehicle complaints in Nictaux came in to police. RCMP could not locate the ATVs and dirt bikes that the caller said were driving up and down the road. A reminder to the public again: off-road vehicles need to remain off the roads.

RCMP responded to a vehicle on its roof in West Dalhousie. No one was around the vehicle. There was no plate on the vehicle. The vehicle was towed and investigation remains open.

Another motor vehicle collision led officers to Torbrook. Witnesses stated they heard a crash and could hear a man calling for help. The truck was upside down in the ditch. RCMP along with EHS and fire attended but there was no sign of the driver. Open liquor bottles were found in the truck which probably explains why the driver didn’t hang around to talk to the police. The driver may have fled but forgot his wallet and his phone which led the police to track him down. He was issued a ticket for failing to remain at the accident scene.

Coincidentally, the RCMP received a stolen vehicle complaint in Torbrook. The caller reported his vehicle was taken from his friend’s driveway overnight. He said he had left the keys in the ignition. RCMP determined this was the same vehicle that was found upside down in the ditch the prior evening. Again, another coincidence, but the man calling to report his vehicle stolen is the same person who owns the wallet and cell phone found in the truck where the driver failed to remain at the scene. RCMP strongly believe that alcohol was a factor.

There was a report of a stolen vehicle in Perotte. The vehicle was not insured or registered and had extensive damage so the caller was unsure why anyone would take it. Vehicle was located shortly thereafter in a ditch.

This weekly report is compiled by the Annapolis District RCMP. 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.

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