Dec. 30 at just before 5 p.m., RCMP were called to a report a group of individuals had stolen $100 worth of liquor from Suspenders store.
After the suspects left, a review of the video surveillance tape led the clerk to call the RCMP as it showed a group made up of two females and two males enter the store.
One female was reported to have taken a bottle of Fireball whiskey, and one bottle of Weisers whiskey. One male was reported to then have taken a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Rum.
The entire group then departed in a late nineties black GMC pickup truck.
RCMP will continue to investigate the incident and are awaiting a copy of the video surveillance in order to positively identify the suspects.
Dec. 31 at 11:43 a.m., RCMP were called to a report of a sudden death on Pinchi Road.
The wife of an 84-year-old man called to report the sudden death of her husband, who reportedly suffered from severe health problems.
Emergency Health Services were also called to the incident and the investigation was turned over to the Coroner’s Service once RCMP determined the death was not suspicous.
Dec. 31 at 3:08 p.m. a female called RCMP to report her common-law husband had struck her with a can of beer.
RCMP attended and the female reported the suspect had wanted some beer which she refused to give him as it belonged to her brother.
She said the suspect then struck her in the head with a can of beer.
The male then left.
RCMP located the suspect and arrested him and are recommending charges of assault with a weapon. He will appear in court on April 7.
Jan. 1 at 11:16 p.m., RCMP responded to a complaint of assault.
A female reported her male boyfriend had punched, kneed and choked her at their home.
She said she then left to her aunt’s house.
Upon further questioning it was also reported the female had been dating the male since she was 15. The suspect was later located and arrested and RCMP are recommending charges of assault and sexual assault.
A young person can not legally give consent to sexual activity until the age of 16 if their partner is five years or more older than the young person.
The suspect is in his thirties.
Jan. 3 at 8:42 a.m., RCMP received a report of a possible snowmobiler in distress on the lake.
The caller reported seeing someone on a snowmobile crossing the lake from Cottonwood Park heading west.
The caller said the headlight of the machine was visible and then suddenly disappeared, and it was feared the driver of the machine may have gone through the ice or run into trouble.
RCMP went to the lakeshore, but because it was night and there had been a risk of poor ice conditions due to the warmer temperatures, the RCMP used a device called a FLIR for forward-looking infrared, which allows difference in temperature to become highly visible, regardless of the amount of light available.
While tracks were observed, no heat sources were seen or detected and no report of missing persons came in.
While Fort St. James RCMP do have these kind of tools now available to them thanks to the civil forfeiture program which gives grants back to departments from the sale of items obtained through crime, RCMP would still like snowmobilers to use caution on the lake,
With the lack of consistently cold temperatures, there may still be spots on the lake which could pose a danger to snowmobilers and others out on the ice.
Jan. 3 at 11:29 p.m. RCMP attended a residence at the Fort Trailer Court in response to a possible breach of an undertaking.
The girlfriend of the complainant was reportedly at his home, under the influence and was refusing to leave.
RCMP attended and determined the woman was on a recognizance to leave the male’s presence when asked.
The female was subsequently arrested for mischief and breach of a recognizance and held until sober.
The complainant did not want to proceed with charges and the file was concluded.
On Jan. 4 at 11:35 a.m. RCMP were called to Yekooche Reserve to a report a female said she had been choked by a male.
The female reported the man had choked her and she had to repeatedly scratch at his face in order to get him to release her.
The male suspect was subsequently arrested and later released until an upcoming court appearance.
Jan. 4 at 3:27 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to Overwaitea to a report of a shoplifter.
Upon arrival, RCMP said they located the suspect, an intoxicated male, leaning against a wall with an employee of Overwaitea watching him.
The manager said the male had been holding his jacket in a way which looked suspicious and was asked to show staff what was inside his coat.
A DVD which was believed to have been stolen was found inside.
The store decided not to pursue charges for the incident, however RCMP did hold the suspect until he was sober.
Jan. 6 at 3 p.m., a motor vehicle collision was reported on the North Road at the Teardrop Forest Service Road turn.
A 1997 Ford F150 was reportedly driving up the North Road when a Chevy Blazer attempted a u-turn in front of the driver of the Ford, causing a collision.
The drivers were not injured and exchanged information and both vehicles were able to drive away, though both were damaged in the incident.