By Heather Killen
The Annapolis RCMP are asking drivers to exercise caution when they take to the roads this winter. In recent weeks a much higher than average number of accidents have taken place in Annapolis County.
During the month of December, police were called to approximately 55 motor vehicle accidents, with the majority happening over the last two weeks. RCMP Sergeant Gordon Hay said that police are asking for drivers’ cooperation in staying off the roads during severe storms and exercising caution when driving over slippery roads.
The RCMP also wish to advise the public that under provincial law, it’s illegal to place a false 911 call and this offence is punishable by a fine of $682. If a rash of false 911 calls are traced to a particular public telephone, police can request that phone be removed.
Annapolis police responded to 77 calls during the week of December 28 through January 4. Among these were 13 motor vehicle accidents, five false alarms, and six false 911 calls. There were no domestic assaults this week. (Note: Due to the sensitive nature of cases concerning sexual assault, children’s welfare and mental health issues, not all calls are considered appropriate for publication)
Following are highlights of these calls: -December 28 at 8 a.m. A caller reported a break and enter into a public service building in Bridgetown. A computer monitor was stolen. -December 28 at 10:18 a.m. A caller reported a break and enter into two Bridgetown businesses sharing the same building. A small amount of money was stolen. -December 28 at 1:05 p.m. A traffic hazard was reported on the 101 Highway near Middleton. A caller reported that a large bag was obstructing the road. A patrol was made and removed a large bag of wool from the road. -December 28 at 4:43 p.m. Two youth were reported missing from Carleton Corner after they were late returning from an outing. -December 28 at 7:17 p.m. A break and enter was reported in Mount Pleasant. A quantity of medication was stolen. -December 28 at 9:35 p.m. A theft was reported in Torbrook after change was stolen from a vehicle. -December 29 at 8:10 a.m. A break and enter was reported at a commercial property in Spa Springs and theft over $5,000 was reported when a snow mobile and tools were stolen. -December 29 at 12:09 p.m. Police were called to a motor vehicle accident in Lequille. No injuries were reported. -December 29 at 1:05 p.m. Police were called to a traffic accident in Nictaux after a vehicle rolled over with a mother and two children inside. No injuries were reported. -December 29 at 1:30 p.m. Police were called to a traffic accident on the 201 Highway near South Farmington after a vehicle hit a mailbox and went off the road. No injuries were reported. -December 29 at 3:48 p.m. A Melvern Square caller reported seeing suspicious footprints around the property. -December 29 at 3:54 p.m. Police were called to four motor vehicle accidents along the Highway 101 between exits 19 and 20 after various vehicles left the road in separate incidents. -December 29 at 4:27 p.m. A Nictaux caller reported a break and enter after a Wii player was stolen. -December 29 at 5:23 p.m. Police were called to a traffic accident on Highway 201 after a motorist struck a deer. -December 29 at 9:30 p.m. A Melvern Square resident reported a break and enter after seeing suspicious footprints. -December 30 at 2:33 p.m. Police were called to a traffic accident on the 101 Highway near Deep Brook after a motorist lost control on an icy road. -December 30 at 2:48 p.m. A break and enter was reported into a summer home in Port Lorne. -December 30 at 5:52 p.m. A caller requested police to locate individuals after they failed to return to a Round Hill address; the individuals experienced car trouble and were delayed. -December 31 at 11:44 a.m. Police were called to a motor vehicle accident in Cornwallis. No injuries were reported. -December 31 at 2:09 p.m. Police were called to a two-vehicle traffic accident in Wilmot. Both vehicles were severely damaged. -December 31 at 3:22p.m. Police were called to a break and enter in North Williamston. More than $5,000 worth of electronics was stolen. -January 1 at 12:22 a.m. Police were called to a fight outside a Middleton business. -January 1 at 6:26 a.m. Police were called to Middleton in response to an assault. The matter remains under investigation. -January 1 at 12 p.m. Police were called to Clementsvale to help remove an unwanted guest. A patrol was made and the individual left without further incident. -January 1 at 3:40 p.m. Police were called to a traffic accident after a vehicle flipped upside down in Upper Clements. Both occupants were taken to hospital for treatment and released. -January 2 at 8:11 p.m. Police were called to Middleton in response to an assault between parties known to each other. -January 2 at 9:10 p.m. Police arrested a 40-year-old man in Wilmot for operation of a motor vehicle while impaired. The officer intercepted the driver, who smelled like marijuana, after noticing he was using high beams. -January 3 at 4:44 p.m. A break and enter was reported at a residence in Carleton Corner. A computer was stolen. -January 3 at 4:43 p.m. Police were called to an assault in Clarence. -January 3 at 8:02 p.m. Police were called to a motor vehicle accident on the 101 near Lawrencetown after a vehicle rolled over. No injuries were reported. -January 3 at 6:25 p.m. A 29-year-old woman, a 32-year-old man, and a 19-year-old man are facing charges following a disturbance in Springfield. A patrol was in response to a caller who claimed he’d been run over. Three patrol cars assisted from Bridgewater following a subsequent call that a female with a weapon was throwing rocks at a residence. The matter remains under investigation. -January 4 at 8:24 a.m. Police were called to a traffic accident on the 201 Highway near Farmington. No injuries were reported. -January 4 at 9:56 a.m. A dangerous driver was reported on the 101 Highway for tailgating a snowplow driver.
Crimes, or information on crimes may be reported to the Annapolis RCMP at 665-4481 in Bridgetown or 825-2000 in Middleton. Information on crimes may also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Call 911 in an emergency.
Rash of accidents, break-ins round off year
By Heather Killen
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