A brief overview of what has occurred with Codiac Regional RCMP over the long weekend from the period of Friday Aug 30th at 1600hrs to Tuesday Sept 3rd at 0800hrs for your info:

301 files created as a result of calls for service, of those:

* 0 attempted murder
* 1 robbery
* 1 assault with weapon (physical)
* 0 aggravated assault
* 8 assault investigations
* 0 sexual assault investigation
* 0 luring minors over internet
* 1 assault on police officer
* 10 investigations of uttering threats against a person
* 0 sudden death investigations
* 13 missing persons (3 still under investigation)
* 1 criminal harassment investigations
* 5 break & enter (0 business, 1 other, 4 residences)
* 6 possible impaired drivers
* 6 collisions; 1 with injury, 4 reportable, 1 non reportable
* 2 fail to stop/remain at accident scene
* 13 false/abandoned 911 call
* 4 persons related to mental health
* 1 vehicles reported stolen (bicycle)
* 3 theft from vehicle
* 14 theft under $5000.00 investigations
* 1 theft over $5000.00 investigations
* 3 theft under (shoplifting)
* 0 fraud investigation under $5000.00
* 0 fraud investigation over $5000.00
* 14 mischief investigations - damage to property
* 1 public mischief investigation
* 17 false alarms
* 12 assistance general public
* 16 intoxicated persons detention act
* 28 suspicious person/vehicle/property investigations
* 15 disturbing the peace
* 16 municipal by-laws
* 26 persons detained in cells
OCC stats from Friday midnight to Tuesday morning:
Admin calls - 1879
911 calls - 801
Fire - 70
PDRM (police radio monitor) - 2159

Persons who attended front door - 88

Police to increase presence in school zones
With students returning to school this week, provincial law enforcement agencies are increasing their presence in school zones in face of the increased traffic. RCMP New Brunswick spokeswoman Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said the Mounties will be more prominent in school zones, but did not disclose specifics. Fredericton Police Force spokeswoman Const. Danielle Carmichael said the same day officers will pay more attention to school zones, although their patrols will remain the same. School zones typically have speed limits of between 30 to 50 kilometres per hour, which apply from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fines are doubled, and can range from $340.50 up to $1,204.50. Motorists may also be jailed if involved in a collision.

Pair arrested outside motel
Passersby on Moncton's busy Elmwood Drive were surprised to see five members of the Codiac Regional RCMP descend on a motel and make two very public arrests yesterday morning, Codiac Regional RCMP spokesman Sergeant André Pepin said police initially received a 911 call shortly before 11:30 a.m. reporting a dispute between a man and a woman at the Elmwood Motel at 401 Elmwood Dr. "It turned out there were warrants for both of them," Pepin said. The pair were arrested on the front steps of the motel, just metres off the busy thoroughfare. Police at the scene also seized a plastic bag with unknown contents from the man. Both people were taken into custody. Speaking shortly after the arrests, Pepin couldn't immediately say what charges the pair would face or when they might appear in court.

Voie de fait à Moncton - un homme arrêté
Un homme a été arrêté durant la nuit de dimanche à lundi pour voie de fait ayant causé des lésions corporelles. L'incident a eu lieu dans la cour Robinson de Moncton, où se trouvent des bars et des boîtes de nuit. «On a eu un appel pour une chicane, puis une personne a été arrêtée. Elle va être relâchée avec une promesse à comparaître pour voie de fait causant des lésions corporelles», a affirmé le sergent André Pépin, un porte-parole de la GRC Codiac. Selon le sergent, des disputes qui tournent à la violence ont occasionnellement lieu à Moncton. La situation n'est cependant pas aussi alarmante qu'elle l'est dans d'autres municipalités. «Ça fait deux ans que je suis à la GRC Codiac, puis ça arrive, mais pas plus souvent qu'à d'autres endroits où j'ai travaillé», a mentionné M. Pépin.

What's in those illegal smokes?


Lost in the campaign against black market tobacco in stories that made the rounds of most media last week was the topic of what is actually in those odd-smelling cigarettes. The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association has been lobbying governments hard to take a tougher line against black market tobacco, arguing that illegal tobacco robs the public treasury of billions of dollars, encourages young and poor people to smoke and takes away business from neighbourhood convenience stores which support local jobs and pay plenty of taxes. (…) Contraband tobacco is a cash cow for organized crime. The RCMP estimates that about 175 criminal gangs use the profits from the trade to finance their other activities, including guns, drugs and human smuggling. Contraband tobacco also bites at the public purse: a December report from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates that the federal and provincial governments lose billions of dollars per year in tax revenues to mobsters.

RCMP will focus on unsafe drivers this holiday weekend
Drivers may want to be extra vigilant this weekend as they will be under scrutiny. With the increase in traffic over the long weekend, police officers will increase their presence on New Brunswick roadways, with a focus on unsafe driving practices. These priorities include seatbelt compliance, aggressive driving, distracted driving and impaired driving. "Our goal is to help make New Brunswick's roads safer, and reinforce to all drivers that seatbelts save lives, that speeding reduces reaction times for both driver and vehicle, and that it is not acceptable to take the wheel after having been drinking," says S/Sgt. James Bates of the New Brunswick RCMP's Traffic Unit. "Further, if a driver needs to use a cellphone, he/she should safely pull over in order to avoid being distracted. While the onus is on drivers to employ safe driving practices, as police officers, we also have a duty to address these priorities which lead to fatalities and serious injuries on our roadways." The number of fatal collisions - where impaired driving and the non-use of a seatbelt were factors - has been on the decline over the past few years, but still account for many fatalities. So far in 2013, of the 27 people who have died on our roadways, impaired driving was a factor in about 15 per cent, while not wearing a seatbelt was a factor in about 22 per cent. This is down from 31 per cent and 41 per cent respectively in 2010.

Road fatalities rise on long weekends, but not for the usual reasons
A recent Canadian study found that there's truth to the oft-repeated refrain that long-weekend travel can be more deadly, but some of the behaviours targeted in holiday campaigns might miss the mark…the study determined that holiday weekends see on average an 18 per cent higher rate of fatal collisions than non-holiday weekends…regular weekends saw more crashes involving drunk driving and speeding than holiday weekends…co-author Sabreena Anowar theorized it may be because, on regular weekends, people often drive solo while holiday travel tends to be with family. “It has been shown in literature when people drive with family members they tend to be more conservative,"…What the study did find on holiday weekends was more passengers and drivers failing to buckle-up…The three co-authors of the study recommend that policy-makers focus their seatbelt blitzes during these long weekends, when buckling up is lower, and then target other dangerous actions such as speeding on regular weekends.

Study finds illegal cigarettes still a problem in NB
The Atlantic Convenience Stores Association has released a new study that suggests the sale of illegal tobacco remains a big problem in New Brunswick. President Mike Hammoud says the association hired a Montreal-based research firm that collected more than 3,000 cigarette butts from 23 locations across the province. The firm found that, on average, 15.7 per cent of the butts were from contraband cigarettes. The butts were collected in June from locations in Grand Falls, Edmundston, Miramichi, Moncton, Oromocto, Fredericton, Sussex, Rexton and Saint John. At one location in Grand Falls, 40.8 per cent of the butts were contraband, and the rate was almost 20 per cent at 10 school sites.
Prime minister proposes creating tougher laws for child sex offences
Child sex offenders, particularly those who victimize multiple kids, could spend longer in prison under a range of harsher penalties proposed Thursday by the prime minister. The Conservative government plans to introduce legislation this fall aimed at cracking down on people who sexually exploit children, Stephen Harper announced… "To protect our children, we must create a justice system that is more responsive to victims and especially more responsive to children and to the families of children who have been victimized by sexual predators." A main plank of the proposed amendments would see people convicted of more than one such offence serve their sentences consecutively, rather than the current system in which sentences are served concurrently.

Teen pleads guilty to assault following viral video
A 15-year-old male has pleaded guilty to assault in Moncton youth court following an apparent fight captured on video which went viral in June…RCMP responded to a fight at the Ultramar on Mountain Road and Killam Drive shortly before 1pm on June 6th. Police investigated three male youths after video of the incident exploded on social media. A 14-year-old and 17-year-old have gone through an alternative measures program and were not charged. The15-year-old will be sentenced on Sept. 9th.

Youth pleads guilty to assault in June videotaped incident
One of the three youths who were involved in a videotaped fight in June has pleaded guilty to an assault charge. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was present in Moncton youth court yesterday morning in front of Judge Anne Jeffries…The 15-year-old male was charged with assaulting another minor on June 6. Crown prosecutor Eric Lalonde withdrew a disturbance charge that also stemmed from the same incident. Lalonde asked for a two-week adjournment in order to get a victim impact statement from the victim of the assault. On June 6, at around 12:45 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a fight at the Ultramar gas station that is located at Mountain Road and Killam Drive. Those involved in the fight told police it was consensual. After a video of the incident surfaced, prompting further investigation, three youths, ages 14, 15 and 17, were interviewed and released under conditions. The 14- and 17-year-olds have gone through alternative measures. Times & Transcript<http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ps-sp/articles/unrestricted/2013/08/ps-201381857625237_38.htm>

Illegal tobacco is on the rise in N.B.
Those who sell black-market cigarettes should be jailed, corner store owners say, because the current tactic of imposing huge fines for the offence just isn't working. "It's time that the provincial government increased the penalties and deterrents for selling this illegal substance," Mike Hammoud, president of the Atlantic Convenience Stores Association, said in Riverview yesterday. "If we can have provincial governments with legislation that is a deterrent, it will go a long way to reducing the supply of illegal tobacco." A cynic might argue that the convenience stores are only looking out for themselves - those who buy illegal cigarettes are not buying smokes at corner stores where they often cost more than 10 times more. But Hammoud says there is much more to their argument than that, with the proceeds from illegal smokes going to fund organized crime and their other nefarious activities, while robbing the public treasury of millions of dollars every year that would otherwise go towards programs such as health care and smoking cessation efforts. As well, convenience stores don't sell cigarettes to children, Hammoud points out, whereby a "butt census" of 23 sites where people congregate to smoke shows that of the five locations in New Brunswick where the biggest proportion of illegal cigarette butts were found, four of them were at schools. The worst sites were the Thomas-Albert School in Grand Falls (40.8 per cent of all cigarette butts) followed by the Miramichi Royal Canadian Legion (36.9 per cent), Saint Malachy's High School in Saint John (32.6 per cent), Harrison Trimble High School in Moncton (30.7 per cent) and Oromocto High School (26.9 per cent.)… RCMP intercepted almost one million cartons of illegal cigarettes in 2009, their most successful year ever. Since then, in 2011, the RCMP seized approximately 598,000 cartons/unmarked bags of illegal cigarettes Canada-wide, representing a 22 per cent decrease over the 2010 seizures of 782,000. That same year they also seized approximately 38,000 kilograms of fine cut tobacco, representing a 12 per cent decrease from the 2010 seizures of 43,000 kilograms, and 2,200 kilograms of raw leaf tobacco, representing a decrease of 58 per cent from the 2010 seizures of 5,300 kilograms. In addition to the cigarette seizures in 2011, the RCMP also nabbed approximately 1,164,000 illegal cigars, representing a 720 per cent increase from their 2010 haul of 142,000 cigars. Times & Transcript<http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ps-sp/articles/unrestricted/2013/08/ps-201381923171635_38.htm> (Telegraph Journal)

Illegal cigarettes found at schools - report


During the famed prohibition in the United States, law flouters met in "speakeasies" - illegal, alcohol-serving nightclubs - to have a drink. (…) In June, the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturing Industry and Atlantic Convenience Stores Association co-sponsored a "butt study," whereby cigarette butts were collected and analyzed from 23 locations in Grand Falls, Edmundston, Miramichi, Moncton, Oromocto, Fredericton, Sussex, Rexton and Saint John. The highest percentage of illegal butts was found at Grand Falls' École Polyvalente Thomas-Albert - 40.8 per cent - while the Miramichi Royal Canadian Legion and Saint Malachy's Memorial High School in Saint John tallied 36.9 per cent and 32.6 per cent respectively. According to the RCMP, most of the cigarettes are entering New Brunswick through organized crime networks, but originate on First Nations reserves throughout Ontario and Quebec where they are legal.

Judge gives addict a second chance

A local woman with a long history of stealing and drug addiction avoided a jail sentence Tuesday, thanks to a drug-rehab facility that's accepted her for treatment. Sylvie Josee Tremblay, 24, of no fixed address, was in Fredericton provincial court Tuesday for sentencing on four charges. She previously admitted to stealing liquor from the Irving Big Stop in Lincoln on July 23 and to taking an Oromocto man's motor vehicle without consent, as well as to two related counts of violating a probation order. Crown prosecutor Christopher Lavigne said Tremblay shoplifted nine bottles of liquor valued at about $300 from the truck stop along the Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Oromocto. The theft was caught on video, he said, and it so happened the RCMP identified the thief as Tremblay on July 30 at the same time she happened to be locked up in a cell at the Mounties' station in Oromocto.

Youth pleads guilty to assault in June videotaped incident


One of the three youths who were involved in a videotaped fight in June has pleaded guilty to an assault charge. The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was present in Moncton youth court yesterday morning in front of Judge Anne Jeffries. (…) The 15-year-old male was charged with assaulting another minor on June 6. (…) On June 6, at around 12:45 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a fight at the Ultramar gas station that is located at Mountain Road and Killam Drive. Those involved in the fight told police it was consensual. After a video of the incident surfaced, prompting further investigation, three youths, ages 14, 15 and 17, were interviewed and released under conditions. The 14- and 17-year-olds have gone through alternative measures.

Police car collides with vehicle during chase
Three people, including a police officer, were taken to hospital Monday evening after a collision in Moncton, the result of a failed traffic stop earlier in Dieppe. "A member of the Codiac RCMP was attempting to conduct a traffic stop on Champlain Street in Dieppe, near the mall, but the driver refused to stop," Sgt. André Pepin, spokesman for Codiac RCMP, said. "After following the vehicle for a short distance, the police officer was involved in a collision with another vehicle." The officer wanted to stop the car he later followed, Pepin confirmed, but the driver failed to stop for the police. The accident occurred around 5:40 p.m. at the intersection of Steadman and St. George streets. The male officer and both occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and were released on Monday night. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, as is the search for the driver of the vehicle that failed to stop for the officer. Pepin could not say anything about the make of the vehicle that suspect was driving. Times & Transcript<http://www.infomedia.gc.ca/ps-sp/articles/unrestricted/2013/08/ps-201381225720136_38.htm>, A6

Marijuana : des policiers de l'Atlantique en faveur d'un système de contraventions


Des policiers en Atlantique souhaitent pouvoir donner des contraventions aux gens qui possèdent une petite quantité de marijuana. Le chef de la Force constabulaire royale de Terre-Neuve, Bob Johnston, dit qu'à l'heure actuelle, si une personne se fait pincer en train de fumer un joint, l'agent peut soit ne pas sévir, soit porter des accusations. Selon le chef Johnston, dans certains cas, il serait plus pertinent de donner une amende. M. Johnston souligne qu'un système de contraventions n'aurait aucune incidence sur les occasions d'emploi, de voyage ou même d'immigration d'un individu qui aurait été surpris en possession d'une petite quantité de marijuana.

More facts about Dieppe armed robberies heard in court


A woman struggling with drug addiction and debt and psychiatric health issues will soon be sentenced to prison for robbing three women in the Dieppe area while being armed. Rachel Elsie Winsor, 32, appeared in Moncton provincial court yesterday afternoon in front of Judge Jolene Richard, at which time the Crown and defence presented their arguments and the accused voiced her regrets. (…) At an court appearance earlier this month, Winsor pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery while armed with a knife and a charge of possessing a stolen gold bracelet after returning from a psychiatric assessment. At this time, the court heard she is not suffering from any mental illness that would result in her being found not criminally responsible.

On Friday evening Street Crime conducted an undercover operation and 10 males where arrested between the ages of 21 and 63 years old soliciting the services of a prostitute. Only 1 male was from our area, Moncton, all others were from; Dorchester, Bayside, Havelock, Cap Pele, Tracadie, Richibucto, Oxbo, Shediac River and Grand Prairie Alberta.

Please note that we had 2 separate assaults in the Robinson area over the weekend, one that has been reported where an adult male was arrested and being charged. The other is a clip on Youtube which is circulating and we are investigating based on the video only as no one has come forward to report and/or identify those involved.