Oct. 28: Police Update

Weekly police update on Oct. 28: bear hungry for bird seed, attempted suicide, and post-search fatigue

Bird seed is the new honey

A black bear, with a fascination for bird seed, was reportedly seen multiple times around Evelyn Dickson Elementary in the last week.

It has gone into neither the garbage, nor the trap that a commissioned officer had set up in the area, the RCMP said.

Residents and students in the vicinity are advised to be aware when travelling in the area.

 

Attempted suicide on railway overpass

The RCMP stopped a woman in mental distress from jumping off the railway overpass on Recreation Avenue on Oct.18.

At 5:00 p.m., the woman was standing for over 30 minutes in distress on the bridge, a bystander reported.

On arrival, Constable Steanna Lavigne had spoken with the distressed individual, who proceeded to step onto the ledge and Lavigne intervened to pull her out of harm’s way.

The woman was taken to the St. John Hospital for mental health concerns.

 

Post-search fatigue

On Oct. 22 at 8:30 a.m., a member of Vanderhoof’s search and rescue team fell asleep at the wheel  on Engen Frontage Road in Fraser Lake, returning from a search mission.

The truck had, as the road turned, continued off a hill, over a ditch, through a fence, and into a tree at last.

The driver was taken to the St. John Hospital with minor injuries; there was no passenger and no other vehicles were nearby.

 

– with files from Sgt. Svend Nielsen, Vanderhoof RCMP

 

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