OTTAWA POLICE SERVICE RIDEAU / GOULBOURN Weekly Activity Report: Nov. 5/10 to Nov. 11/10 Patrol Officers in the Rideau/Goulbourn area responded to 69 general calls for service from the public for the reporting period of Nov. 5th to Nov. 11th. From the 69 service calls the following is a partial breakdown of incidents by Community: Manotick: 1 Fraud, 1 Impaired, 1 Suspicious Half Moon: 1 Traffic-Compl. North Gower: 1 Mischief Stonebridge: 1 Accident Richmond: 2 Theft 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. GOT A BEEF WITH TRAFFIC? Then report it to the OPS Call Center by calling 613-236-1222 ext.7300; operators are standing by to take your call. In addition to being the eyes and ears in your community you are also the voice. It is important to speak up and report your concerns to police. Your input matters, without it your concerns can go unnoticed and unaddressed. When reporting a traffic complaint it is important to provide the operator with as much detail as possible and be specific about the days and times of the traffic offence or problems. A complainant called the OPS Call Center on Nov. 8 to report a traffic complaint— at the intersection of River Run Avenue and River Mist Road motorists were ignoring the stop signs at all hours of the day and simply driving through without stopping and or slowing down. The complainant added that excessive speeding was also a problem and expressed her safety concerns for the children in the neighbourhood. UFO SIGHTING IN RURAL WEST! Or perhaps, it was just the bright lights of Hollywood North? Shortly before 6 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 10, a 911-caller reported seeing a UFO take up a hovering position somewhere between March and Vaughn Side Roads. The object was hovering at an approximate altitude of 10,000 feet and a very bright cone of light descended from the object to the surface of the Earth. Certain that the UFO wasn’t an airplane, the complainant advised the 911-operator that the UFO briefly dropped down to the Earth surface before returning to its previous hovering station. Air Traffic Controllers in Ottawa claimed that they weren’t tracking any UFOs or airplanes on radar over the West Carleton area during that time period. Police reports concluded that the UFO was the result of a film crew using a crane- operated light in and around the Hollywood district of Ashton Village. Could this be a response to Karen Carpenter’s 1977 intergalactic message, ‖Calling occupants of interplanetary most extraordinary craft…‖ HIGH AS A KITE Shortly before 3 p.m. on Mon., Nov. 8, a mother called police for assistance after her 19-yr-old son returned home flying high on marijuana and refusing to leave. At the request of the mother the male was escorted out of the area and warned not to return to the home without permission. DEER COLLISION COUNT CONTINUES TO FALL, but is this the calm before the deer storm? Autumn is the rutting season for deer and that means they will be flying high as a kite on hormones. This week, Rideau-Goulbourn drivers reported three deer related collisions while West Carleton only reported in two accidents. The total score, for the past three weeks, now stands at 14 to 12, still in favor of Rideau-Goulbourn; however, West Carleton is slowing closing the gap. As we entered the heady days of autumn please take extra care when driving along the rural roads of Ottawa and keep in mind that the deer have temporarily lost their minds. In pursuit of a collision free deer-year, continue on steering clear of the deer by: slowing down on rural roads and setting your headlights to high beam. Take extra care on roads that cross creeks, rivers, wooded areas, or run alongside of open fields; and avoid driving at dusk and dawn when possible. If you see an animal on the road honk your horn a few times and use four-way flashers headlights to warn other drivers. And, if a deer leaps into the path of your vehicle—brake hard but never swerve. Accident: Nov. 6 Jockvale Road, Stonebridge: A driver was charged under the Highway Traffic Act for failing to stop for a red light after she drove through the Cambrian and Jockvale Roads intersection and T-boned a vehicle. The vehicle she stuck on the passenger rear corner was traveling southbound on Jockvale Road as it entered the intersection against a green light. Fraud: Nov. 9 Manotick Main Street, Manotick: Police were called out to the shopping plaza on Main Street at around 8 p.m. on Tuesday after a 25-yr-old male from Century Road jumped out of a cab he had picked up at the Scotiabank Place and left without paying for his $90 fare. As the male hung out at the pizza joint the cabbie watched on and waited for the arrival of patrol officers. After a brief conversation with the male, police convinced him to pay up; however, short on funds, the male’s dad ended up footing the bill. Impaired: Nov. 10 Bankfield Road, Manotick: A 19-yr-old male from North Gower was issued a three- day driver’s licence suspension after he registered an Alert on the Roadside Screening Device. His mother was called to the scene to drive him and his car home. At around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday patrol officers initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at the intersection of Rideau Valley Drive and Bankfield Road. The vehicle was stopped under section 48(1) of the Ontario Highway Traffic Act to check the sobriety of the driver. On conversing with the driver the officer immediately detected an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. When asked if he had consumed any alcoholic beverages the driver denied any consumption; however, his passenger admitted to consuming three beers. After the driver was given the roadside screening test and registered a warning, he continued to deny the fact that he had consumed any alcohol. Drivers under the age of 22 in Ontario must have a blood alcohol reading of precisely zero. This regardless of how many years of driving experience they have or what type of licence they possess. Mischief: Nov. 5 2300 Community Way, North Gower: A complainant called police to report a mischief to property that occurred on two separate occasions at the Alfred Taylor Community Center soccer field. The first incident occurred sometime between 10 a.m. on Fri., Nov. 5 and 4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 6 while the second incident occurred sometime before Tue., Nov. 9. In both incidents unidentified persons smashed beer bottles in the parking lot and ran circuits on the soccer field with a vehicle. Suspicious: Nov. 10 Manotick Main Street, Manotick: Shortly before 4 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 10, a complainant called 911 after she witnessed a van that she had been following swerve on and off the roadway several times as it made its way to the Manotick LCBO. The complainant was concerned that the driver was impaired. Within minutes of receiving the call police stopped the suspect vehicle and spoke to the driver. It was learned that the male’s ability to drive wasn’t impaired by alcohol but by poor driving abilities. After a brief discussion and education session about the importance of good driving habits and skills, the male was sent on his way. Theft: Nov. 9 Perth Street, Richmond: A U-Haul Auto Transport trailer was reported stolen from the Drummonds Gas bar sometime between 11 p.m. on Sept. 28 and 7 a.m. on Sept. 29. The trailer is described as having grey steel with orange and black lettering on the sides and a U-Haul registration number of 4AG6336. Nov. 11 Mary Hill Crescent, Richmond: A complainant called police to report the theft of eleven Beswick Horse figurines from her living room. The complainant believed that the pottery figurines were stolen sometime between Nov. 7th and the 11th. There were no signs of forced entry into the house and the neighbours’ were unable to shed any light on the incident. 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 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.