Newfoundland and Labrador is facing the threat that the federal government may withdraw RCMP officers in 2014 if a deal on a new contract is not reached by the end of next month. Last week, B.C. Solicitor-General Shirley Bond announced the federal government had delivered the if British Columbia doesn’t sign a suggested 20-year policing contract by the end of November. “I can indeed confirm that … we did receive the ultimatum as well,” said Vanessa Colman-Sadd, director of communications for Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Justice. She said 440 RCMP members work in Newfoundland. Could the RNC fill the mounties’ boots? Read more at the Globe and Mail. Source: The Globe and Mail
Frank Ledrew says that he say a disturbing scene unfold with the RNC on Saturday night. He says that he saw a woman, 45, who is from Ontario and who had just received a phone call informing her that her son had been murdered there, break down and lay on the ground, kicking her legs in the air and screaming, and was hysterical as two RNC officers arrived on the scene. “They moved in on her quickly,” Ledrew told CBC News. “I saw a woman in distress [and a] hysterical nervous breakdown,” he said in an interview. “I saw a police officer kick her, call her a slut and throw her into the back of a cruiser.” The RNC has not commented on Ledrew’s allegations. Source: CBC
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is hoping the public can help to find missing man Scott Kelly. Kelly, pictured above, at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday left his residence in the west end of St. John’s on foot in an unknown direction. Kelly, 39 years old, is described as having a medium build, five-foot-seven-inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, with blue eyes and light brown hair, usually worn in a ponytail. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, black T-shirt, blue fleece with black shoulders and a blue salt and pepper hat. Anyone who has any information pertaining to the whereabouts of Scott Kelly is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can be provided anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com. Source: The Telegram Photo submitted by the RNC
An intoxicated 43-year-old man died in police custody in St. John’s Thursday, according to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, after police officers and paramedics were called to a fast-food restaurant in the Torbay area. The RNC took the man into custody where he was brought to the St. John’s City lockup. A police news release said officials were unable to revive the man when he arrived at the lockup. The province’s chief medical examiner is investigating the cause of death. Source: CBC
Police have arrested a 24-year-old man following a four-and-a-half-hour pursuit through Mount Pearl and St. John’s. Yesterday morning police received a report of a stolen vehicle in Mount Pearl. When police tried to stop the man, who was driving a pick-up truck, he led officers on a high-speed chase through that city while weaving in and out of traffic. The RNC called off the chase in the interest of public safety, but once the man was in RCMP jurisdiction that police force picked up the chase. The man eventually left his vehicle on Beothuck Street, and took officers on a three-hour, 10 kilometre chase through wooded and marshy areas, construction sites and residential areas. He was arrested at approximately 2:30.The man is facing numerous charges in relation to the chase, including three counts each of dangerous driving, flight from police and driving while disqualified – not including the outstanding warrants…
Ever wonder what the history was behind those rather large horses the RNC sometimes trot around on? Though for many in St. John’s the first time the horses were seen was in 2003, the RNC mounted unit actually dates back to 135 years ago. Take a look at CBC’s neat Land and Sea episode exploring the history and present of the horses by clicking the link below. Click here to see the full Land and Sea episode
A 33-year-old man from this province is facing 22 charges in Alberta in relation to luring women online. Police were made aware of the man last April when a woman from Grand Prairie reported to authorities that she had met a man online who had abused her and then extorted over $300,000 from her. RCMP officers identified four more women who had been victimized since then. Police say the accused built a relationship with the women over time, who say they found him very charming at first, but that he used that charm to manipulate them and force them into things. Additional charges are expected to be laid on top of extortion, fraud, sexual assault, assault, uttering threats, bestiality and injuring or endangering animals. Police say that because the accused met his victims online, they are appealing to the public to encourage any other potential victims (which they believe exist)…
Police are investigating a sudden death in Wabush, Labrador. Around 11 p.m. on Saturday night, RNC officers received a call telling them an unresponsive male had been found inside a home on Anderson Street. Officers and paramedics headed to the house and found the man to be dead. The officers from the RNC detachment in Labrador West and the RNC Criminal Investigation Division in St. John’s are currently in consultation with the Medical Examiner’s Office as this investigation continues.