The Nelson Police Department was kept busy over the first nice sunny weekend of the summer dealing with calls ranging from disturbances, noise complaints, damage to vehicles and fights. A total of 44 calls for service came in for Friday and Saturday night alone.
• Vandals struck Gyro Park on Saturday night in an area of the community that has seen increasing problems. In the middle of the night the police department received a call about mischief and when officers arrived they found unknown suspects had lifted a cement park bench support section from the grass area of the park and thrown it over a six-foot chain link fence. The resulting impact caused the bench support to shatter into small pieces with much of the material landing in the swimming pool. The local department has received a number of calls regarding overnight mischief to this location and increased patrols as a result.
• Officers were called to a downtown pub just after 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to deal with a large group of intoxicated males causing problems starting fights outside the bar. While dealing with the situation, poilce arrested a 24-year-old male on two outstanding warrants with charges ranging from assault to possession of a prohibited weapon. The warrants were endorsed and the male was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date set for July 24 in Nelson.
• Later that night at 3:20 am, officers were called to another fight call, this time in the 400 block Josephine Street. Once they arrived on the scene they located a 29-year-old male who was suffering from facial injuries. He refused medical treatment and was escorted home due to his level of intoxication. The incident is currently under further investigation.
• On Friday just before 8 p.m. police responded to a domestic dispute in progress in the Uphill area. Upon arrival, the suspect, a 48-year-old male, had left the residence but was located by officers shortly after on Victoria Street. He was charged with Assault and remanded in custody with a court appearance set this week.
• Later Friday night around 11 p.m., the Nelson Police Department, Nelson Fire Rescue and Emergency Health Services were called to the 400 block Baker Street regarding a report of a male passed out on the sidewalk. The caller reported the male had injuries indicative of a possible assault. Upon arrival it was determined the 27-year-old male had suffered his injuries falling off the park bench due to his level of intoxication. He was cleared by EHS paramedics and transported to police cells to sober up. At the cells it was determined the man was on conditions not to consume alcohol from previous charges. He was charged with breaching his conditions and released on a Promise to Appear with a court date set for September 11 in Nelson. He was released from custody when sober.
• At 4:25 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to a disturbance in lower Fairview. Upon arrival, it was determined four men had been fighting and a car windshield was smashed in the process. Alcohol was a factor and further investigation revealed the fight was consensual as the four men were best friends. All agreed to pay for the damages for the windshield. No charges are expected.