OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE RIDEAU / GOULBOURN Weekly Activity Report: Oct. 9/09 to Oct. 15/09
Patrol Officers in the Rideau/Goulbourn zone responded to 65 general calls for service from the public for the reporting period of Oct. 9th to Oct. 15th. From the 65 service calls – the following is a partial breakdown of incidents by Community: Stonebridge: 2 Suspicious Richmond: 1 Suspicious Manotick: 2 Accidents Munster: 2 Suspicious
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. SLIM JIM TO THE RESCUE. Shortly before noon on Saturday, Oct. 10, a 2-yearold boy found himself the focus of attention of police and a tow truck operator after he accidentally locked himself in mommy‟s car and threw away the keys. Oblivious of his mom‟s anxiety, the little boy settled into his car seat and watched the 9-1-1 drama unfolded before his very eyes. Within minutes of being dispatched, police officers pulled up to the Stittsville home and assessed the situation. Since the boy was resting comfortable and not in any immediate danger, and because the mother was unable to locate a spare key, it was decided to order up one tow truck operator with a side order of Slim Jim - on the double. In short order, the boy was removed from the vehicle safe „n sound and perhaps wondering what all the commotion was about. REASON FOR SPEED LIMITS AND STOP SIGNS - TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS seems reasonable, right? Well, for one teenage driver who was charged under the Highway Traffic Act - for failing to yield to traffic on through highway, and his two passengers who were able to walk away from a multivehicle accident with only minor injuries, this was one good reason why it is important to obey highway traffic signs. It was shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10 when a 17-yr-old driver and his two teenage passengers skidded through the stop sign controlled intersection on Phelan Rd. and slammed into a southbound vehicle on Rideau Valley Dr. The telltale skid marks on the asphalt - starting five meters back from the stop line and then continuing nine meters past the stop line, speaks to the driver‟s speed as he sped west along Phelan Rd. and approached the Rideau Valley Dr. intersection. As the Jetta slammed head-on into the passenger side of the southbound vehicle, the resultant force threw the Jetta into a violent counterclockwise spin before it came to rest on Rideau Valley Dr., while the second vehicle somehow yawed its way back up the road just north of the intersection. By some miracle, everyone was able to walk away from the accident with only minor injuries. With this second chance at life, it is hoped that the teens will have good reason to obey the traffic signs in the future.
DEVELOPING PATTERN OF THE MOOING KIND. Over the past several weeks there have been numerous reports of cows and bulls wondering onto Franktown Rd., creating potentially dangerous traffic situations. Strangely enough, it all seemed to have started after the first wild turkey of the year ushered in the fall season by flying head-on into a truck. Shortly before 8 p.m. on Oct. 11, a passerby called police at 230-6211 after he spotted a bull standing at the edge of Franktown Rd. Police showed up and shooed the bull back into the field. Then, at 9:28 p.m. another passerby called 9-1-1 to report a large bull standing on Franktown Rd. Two hours later, police and the owner finally managed to steer the bull back into the field and safely tuck him in for the night. And finally, sometime after 10 p.m. on Oct. 14, a passerby calls 9-1-1 to report a near head-on collision with a large cow that was standing on, none other than, Franktown Rd. Is it possible that passersby are getting their bulls and cows mixed up, and that only a single bull or cow is responsible for the unusual fall trend? Either way, a cow or a bull on the roadway still constitutes a danger to traffic, so keep on making the right call by reporting it to police. THE GREAT PUMPKIN CAPER. Shortly after 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11, a rough looking female gets out of a blue Ford Focus and disappears behind a pumpkin patch barn on Moodie Dr. An older male then exits the Ford Focus and asks the complainant for directions to Strandherd Dr. As the Ford Focus idled away in the parking lot with a young male in the driver‟s seat, the female reappeared from behind the barn with a pumpkin on a trolley and quickly loads the pumpkin into the car. Just as the complainant realizes what was going down, Bonnie and Clyde makes their big escape by jumping into the waiting car and races out of the parking lot with the stolen pumpkin and spraying a load of gravel out the back end. ACCIDENTS: Oct. 13 Bankfield Rd., Manotick: A driver was charged under the Highway Traffic Act for failing to yield from private driveway, after he backed out into an oncoming vehicle. Tuesday‟s predawn was made exceptionally dark as the heavy clouds, bursting at the seams, blanketed Manotick and held back the morning rays from the early commuters. As the eastbound driver cleared through the Bankfield Rd. intersection with Prince of Wales Dr., after slowing down for a left hand turning vehicle, he was suddenly presented with a passenger side profile of a Mercury Sable backing out of a private driveway on Bankfield Rd. With only enough time to slam on his brakes, the driver braced himself for the impact as his van slid along the wet pavement and crashed into the reversing car with enough force to deploy both airbags. According to the charged driver, he was traveling westbound on Bankfield Rd., approaching the POW intersection, when he decided to turn himself around and head back east. As he turned into a private driveway and started to back out, a van collided into his vehicle on the passenger side.
Mischief: Oct. 9 Fourth Line Rd. and Dilworth Rd., Rideau: A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a mischief to property incident that occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8 and 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The complainant reported that unknown person(s) had crushed her mailbox, but left her neighbors‟ mailboxes untouched. This was the second time the complainant‟s mailbox was destroyed but the first time to be reported. The complainant stated that on Oct. 1 unknown person(s) smashed up her mailbox and left a beer bottle inside.
Suspicious: Oct. 9 McBean St., Richmond: Shortly before 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, a complainant called 9-1-1 to report a suspicious person walking behind South Carleton HS and shining a flashlight at the windows. As it turned out, the suspicious person was a staff member checking to make sure the school was secured on the outside. Remember, you are the eyes on ears in the community and you play an important role in crime prevention and community safety. Keep up the great work. Blackleaf Dr., Barrhaven: At 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, Oct. 11, a complainant called 9-1-1 after she observed two white males in her backyard attempting to steal lawn furniture. The first white male was described as being in his 20‟s, 6-foot tall, approx. 170 lbs, brown hair, medium build, and was wearing a white colored jacket. The second white male was also in his 20‟s, 5‟9” tall, approx. 150 lbs, brown hair, slim build, and was wearing a dark colored shirt. Police were unable to locate the males and nothing was reported stolen. Owlshead Rd., Munster: A complainant called police at 230-6211 to report a suspicious incident after he realized that his neighbor‟s garbage bins were still sitting at the curb from last week and that the flyers were piling up at their door. Adding to his suspicions was the fact that he never saw his new neighbor‟s coming and going from the house. Police checked on the house and found everything to be in order. Isn‟t it amazing how marijuana grow ops can quietly pop up in your community, only to leave you scratching your head after the fact. It is important to pay attention to unusual activity, or the lack thereof, in your neighborhood. Here are some signs to lookout for: new neighbors never taking furniture or groceries into the house; residents may only be in the home occasionally for short periods of time; people accessing the residence only through the garage; unusual visitor behavior ranging from no visitors to frequent visitors for short periods; people continually bringing items and taking items away in garbage bags; windows covered with dark plastic or newspaper; and bikes left outside without children living in the home. Remember, you are the eyes and ears in the community.
Mansfield Rd., Munster: A complainant called the OPS Call Center to report a suspicious incident that occurred on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 5:30 a.m. The complainant stated that a suspicious white male knocked on her door in the early morning hours inquiring about a neighbor who lived in a farm house down the road. As she spoke to the man through the living room window she noted that he was holding a flashlight and showing her what appeared to be a badge. The white male was described as being 6-foot tall, medium build with a bald head, and was wearing a black leather jacket and dark colored pants. The vehicle was described as a possible station wagon. Golflinks Dr., Barrhaven: A complainant called police to report a suspicious incident after an 18-yr-old male knocked on her door shortly after 8 p.m., asking for beer and wine bottles. The white male was described as 6-foot tall with light brown hair and was wearing a black bomber jacket and jeans.
Make the right Call: The Rideau/Goulbourn Police Centre is located at 1131 Clapp Lane in Manotick and can be reached at 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 613233-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.