OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE RIDEAU-GOULBOURN Weekly Activity Update: Apr. 1/12 to Apr. 7/12 Patrol Officers in the Rideau/Goulbourn area responded to 62 general calls for service from the public for the reporting period of Apr. 1st to Apr. 7th. From these calls for service the following is a partial breakdown of incidents by Community: Manotick: 1 Mischief, 1 Suspicious, 1 Theft-fr-Veh. Stonebridge: 1 Fire, 1 Theft-fr-Veh. Limekiln Trail: 1 Theft-fr-Veh. Richmond: 1 Tag In addition to the calls for service, patrol officers are also proactively enforcing the Highway Traffic laws, responding to false 9-1-1 and alarm calls, and assisting the Ottawa Fire, Paramedics and By-law services. SIGNS OF FOUR-TWENTY ARE IN THE AIR. Shortly after midnight on Saturday, Apr. 7, police were dispatched to a dead end street in Richmond for a report of graffiti being scrawled on some road signs. As the patrol officers pulled into the area their headlights lit up a black and yellow checkered warning sign that not only announced the dead-end section of Cockburn St. but the much “highly” anticipated anti-social event of the year. Spray painted on the sign was a drawing of a marijuana leaf and the code words SWED and 4:20. After snapping a few pics and sweeping the area for potential suspects the officers broke out the Enigma machine and took a swing at decrypting the coded messages. According to Google SWED is the acronym for “Smoke Weed Every Day” and 4:20 is a term that has come to be known in certain circles as “Marijuana Appreciation Day.” Four-Twenty refers to the consumption of cannabis and a way of identifying oneself with the cannabis subculture. Now, if you really want to see firsthand what all the buzz is about, then take a trip down to Major Hill Park and Parliament Hill on April 20 at 4:20 p.m. to catch a whiff of the action. Police will definitely be out and about on that day. If past years are any indication, then expect to see huge crowds (a couple of thousand perhaps) converging onto the Nation’s Capital to protest the prohibition of Marijuana and to light up a few…… CALLING 911-MEOW. Last Friday afternoon a nine year-old girl from the Rideau- Goulbourn area called 911 to ask for help. She told the operator that her cat needed some food and that her parents were outside. Before the operator could get a word in edgewise the child hung up. Upon investigation it was learned that the girl called 911 because she discovered that her cat ran out of foods. In the end the officer was unable to supply the little girl with some cat food; however, he was able to provide her with some instruction on the proper use of 911. THE COLLISION COUNT IS WAY DOWN DEER—but don’t let your guard down. For an eye opening experience just GOOGLE on over to the Manotick neighbourhood watch website: www.manotickneighbourhoodwatch.com/deer — and graze on past data. Week fourteen in rural west Ottawa ended with only a single deer collision being reported in the West Carleton ward. This time last year eight deer collisions were reported in the rural west Ottawa region and the total count stood at 49 to 16. Today the count stands at 29 to 7, still in favor of Rideau-Goulbourn. Fire: Apr. 6 Prince of Wales Drive, Rideau-Goulbourn: Shortly before 6 a.m. on Fri., Apr. 6 emergency services were dispatched to an unoccupied residence on Prince of Wales after a passerby spotted flames coming from a basement window. Before the fire had a chance to take hold of the house firefighters managed to quickly extinguish the fire with minimal damage. Reports indicated that a strong odor of an accelerant was detected near the house and that the fire was being investigated as arson. Apr. 7 Greenbank Road, Stonebridge: Just before 6 a.m. on Saturday an off-duty officer happened upon stacks of smoldering newspapers and flyers that had been strewn about the Greenbank and Barnsdale Rd. intersection. The officer did not observe any suspicious subjects or vehicles nearby. Just twenty-four hours earlier a suspicious fire was reported at a residence near the intersection Prince of Wales Dr. and Greenbank Rd. Mischief Apr. 7 South Island Park Drive, Manotick: Sometime during the overnight hours on Fri., Apr. 6, unidentified subjects emptied two planters on the hood of the complainant’s vehicle and discarded the containers on her front lawn. The complainant stated the planters did not belong to her and that her vehicle was locked and alarmed. No entry was gained. Suspicious: Apr. 6 Driscoll Drive, Manotick: Just before 11 p.m. on Friday police received word that a group of strangers were moving around the Driscoll Dr. neighbourhood causing a ruckus and hanging out on school property. The complainant reported that the unidentified people were ringing doorbells and throwing stuff at houses in the area. Within fifteen minutes of receiving the call police arrived on scene and searched the area. However, the group had already moved on. Theft from Vehicle: Apr. 4 Blackshire Circle, Stonebridge: An unidentified culprit rummaged through an unlocked vehicle sometime between 3 p.m. on Tue., Apr. 3 and 7:30 a.m. on Wed., Apr. 4. A black Garmin GPS unit valued at $200 and a GAP bag containing $100 worth of children’s clothing were stolen. The owner reported that her vehicle had been parked in the garage; however, the bay door had accidently been left open. The inner door to the main residence was also left unlocked but fortunately, no entry was made into the residence. Apr. 6 Moodie Drive, Limekiln Trail: Sometime between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday unidentified culprits entered into a locked vehicle and stole a black leather woman’s wallet. Contained within the wallet were several pieces of personal identification and credit cards. The exact point of entry is unknown and there was no damage to the vehicle. Apr. 7 Manotick: At around 4 a.m. on Saturday a homeowner awoke to the sound of strange noises coming from outside. When he looked out he spotted three teenage males attempting to enter into his parked vehicle. When he rapped on the window the males quickly scurried off into the darkness. For crimes in progress do not hesitate on calling 911; police officers from both sides of the Rideau River are able to quickly respond to your call. Yes, the Rideau- Goulbourn ward is far and wide; however, patrol officers are only a call away and they just might happen to be around the corner when you call for assistance. Make the right Call: To reach the Rideau/Goulbourn Community Police Centre call 613-236-1222 ext. 2314. The Centre is a “community problem-solving centre” and is responsible for the delivery of the Ottawa Police crime prevention programs. It is important to note that the Manotick CPC is not an emergency response centre and that we do not dispatch cars to complaints or crimes in progress. When these situations arise, it is important to know the numbers to call for an appropriate response: 911 – for life-threatening emergencies or crimes in progress; 613-230-6211 – other emergencies, i.e.: suspicious incident or disturbance; 613-236-1222, ext. 7300 – the O.P.S. call centre, to report a theft, missing person or stolen vehicle; and 311 – for Bylaw Dispatch Services. All of these numbers along with other useful information can be found in the red pages at the front of your residential directory. If you have any information regarding any criminal activity, call Crime Stoppers at 613- 233-TIPS (8477), or toll free at 1-800-222-8477. Finally, if you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should call police, or you cannot remember the non-emergency numbers, call 9-1-1. The caring and professional 9-1-1 Call Takers will steer you in the right direction.
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