A brief overview of what has occurred with Codiac Regional RCMP over the weekend from the period of Friday January 4th at 1600hrs to Monday January 7th at 0800hrs for your info:

147 files created as a result of calls for service, of those:
• 0 robbery with weapon 
• 0 assault causing bodily harm 
• 0 aggravated assault 
• 12 assault investigations 
• 1 sexual assault investigation 
• 0 luring minors over internet 
• 0 assault on police officer 
• 2 investigations of uttering threats against a person 
• 2 sudden death investigations 
• 2 missing persons (1 located) 
• 0 criminal harassment investigations 
• 3 break & enters (3 residences) 
• 3 possible impaired drivers 
• 6 collisions; 0 with injury, 3 property damage reportable, 3 non reportable 
• 1 fail to stop/remain at accident scene 
• 7 false/abandoned 911 call 
• 3 persons related to mental health 
• 1 vehicle reported stolen (car) 
• 0 theft from vehicle 
• 7 theft under $5000.00 investigations 
• 0 theft over $5000.00 investigations 
• 1 theft under (shoplifting) 
• 2 fraud investigation under $5000.00 
• 0 fraud investigation over $5000.00 
• 2 mischief investigations - damage to property 
• 1 public mischief investigation 
• 7 false alarms 
• 9 assistance general public 
• 5 intoxicated persons detention act 
• 16 suspicious person/vehicle/property investigations 
• 2 disturbing the peace 
• 2 municipal by-laws 
• 16 persons detained in cells
OCC stats from Friday midnight to Sunday midnight:
Admin calls - 1380
911 calls - 535
Fire - 50
PDRM (police radio monitor) - 1458
No Map available this week 

RCMP seize cigarettes
Two Mill Cove men are expected to face charges for possession of contraband tobacco after the RCMP seized more than 95,000 illegal cigarettes at a traffic stop. Investigators with the RCMP's federal operations west Fredericton and Saint-Leonard detachments, with the assistance of the Oromocto RCMP, pulled over the vehicle and seized the cigarettes Thursday. Police believe the cigarettes were destined for the Fredericton area. The men, a 31-year-old and a 20-year-old, will appear in Burton provincial court at a later date. 

This is important to us as these suppliers were traveling and distributing in the Codiac area.

Idle No More movement keeps up pressure

A member of the Elsipogtog First Nation says her group will abide by an injunction that prevents them from blocking the rail line at Adamsville but will continue to demonstrate from a nearby church parking lot as members look to increase awareness about why Canada's First Nations Peoples are participating in Idle No More events. 

Mounties and CN Police served them with an injunction Friday evening to end their blockade of the rail line that runs between Moncton and Miramichi. 

CN had kept freight and passenger trains off the line since the protest began Friday in the area. Demonstrators left shortly, being informed Friday evening of the court order. 

Amy Sock, a spokeswoman for Sikniktuk Mi'kmaq Rights Coalition, said she was surprised by the injunction given that protesters had given the RCMP advance notice of the protest and had planned to end it on Monday. 

She thinks the activities are doing a good job of informing people about the Idle No More movement.................Sock said Mounties were helpful when the group closed part of Route 11 in December. In that instance, motorists were able to take a short detour around the protest. She said community members have been meeting every evening since learning Dec. 13 of Spence's action. Sock said her group is also calling for Mi'kmaq from around the Maritimes to participate in a noon hour march Wednesday from the parking lot of the Sears store at Champlain Place mall in Dieppe to the Moncton City Hall. CN spokesman Jim Feeny said there were no reports of disruptions along the line between Moncton and Miramichi on Sunday........

Next demonstration is scheduled on Jan 9th at noon from Champlain Mall to the Moncton City Hall.

Fire ravages vacant house: Police investigate possible arson on Dufferin Street

A suspicious fire caused considerable damage to a vacant house near downtown Moncton early yesterday. Codiac Regional RCMP and the Moncton Fire Department were summoned to 12 Dufferin St., a large, older home located between Bonaccord Street and Archibald Street, at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday. 

No one was hurt in the fire as no one was living in the house at the time. Police say there was evidence uncovered at the scene that suggests that the fire did not start by accident. 

The provincial fire marshal investigated the fire later yesterday, and even last night an RCMP car remained on the scene. Police say the investigation is continuing.

Church had no obligation to tell police about sex allegations: judge

A former Supreme Court justice says the Catholic church had no obligation notify police of sex abuse allegations against two more priests. Michel Bastarache informed the Archdiocese of Moncton of the allegations. They surfaced during a reconciliation and compensation process that Bastarache was conducting for alleged victims of sexual abuse involving another priest. 

Two lawyers who have represented victims of abuse by clergyman say the diocese should have gone to the RCMP. One of the lawyers, Robert Talach, says any other institution would have done so. But the archdiocese countered that it's up to the alleged sex abuse victims to come forward. […] The archdiocese quietly suspended the two priests last year. (CTV News)

Fatal accidents were up slightly in 2012 – RCMP
The four young people who died when the their car crashed into an icy river near Tracadie-Sheila just before Christmas were the last victims added to the grim roll call of people killed in accidents on roads patrolled by the RCMP in New Brunswick in 2012.

Their deaths brought the total number of people killed to 61 in 55 collisions, although the final count is expected to be higher when the province's vital statistics agency tabulates all of the vehicle-related deaths from areas inside and outside RCMP jurisdiction. Staff Sgt. Stephane Caron said the RCMP's 2012 numbers are slightly above those from last year, when the Mounties recorded 59 victims from 52 collisions on provincial roads… 

"It is really an overall downward trend we're looking at, and that is what we have been experiencing over the last four decades. In the 1970s in New Brunswick, there were about 275 fatalities a year and now we have it down to the 60 range per year in the past decade." Better roads, better cars, tougher legislation and law enforcement all have combined, he said, to make New Brunswick roads much safer than they used to be in earlier years. 

But whether driving can be made even safer is an open question considering the four major causes of accidents that are stubbornly resistant to change: refusal to wear seatbelts; drunk driving; aggressive driving; and driver inattention or distraction.

Alcool au Volant: 94 conducteurs arrêtés en décembre

La GRC a porté des accusations de conduite avec facultés affaiblies contre 94 conducteurs et dénombré trois collisions mortelles sur les routes du Nouveau-Brunswick en décembre. La GRC a mené 225 opérations durant la période du 1er décembre au 2 janvier dans les différents secteurs de la province. 

Plus de 9000 véhicules ont été inspectés lors de ces opérations. Selon les chiffres préliminaires, 94 personnes ont été accusées de conduite en état d'ébriété avec un taux d'alcoolémie supérieur à 0,08 %, ce qui entraîne une suspension automatique du permis de conduire pour une période de 90 jours. 

De plus, 31 conducteurs ont soumis un échantillon avec un taux d'alcoolémie égal ou supérieur à 0,05 %. Cela entraîne automatiquement la suspension du permis de conduire pour une période de sept jours. Selon le sergent Stéphane Caron, ces chiffres, quoique préliminaires, sont comparables à ceux de l'année dernière puisque, règle générale, une centaine de personnes sont arrêtées pour conduite avec facultés affaiblies sur les routes de la province chaque mois. «C'est semblable. On arrête en moyenne entre 1200 et 1300 personnes par année pour conduite avec facultés affaiblies. C'est environ une centaine d'arrestations par mois, c'est la moyenne», a expliqué le policier. 

43 accidents et sept arrestations dans le Grand Moncton durant les fêtes
La période des Fêtes aura été assez tranquille sur les routes du Grand Moncton cette année. Malgré les deux grandes bordées de neige et l'absence de Nez rouge dans la région, le nombre d'accidents et d'arrestations pour conduite avec facultés affaiblies est resté stable. Entre le 22 décembre 2012 et le 2 janvier 2013, la GRC a porté des accusations de conduite en état d'ébriété contre sept conducteurs. 

C'est deux de plus, comparativement à la même période l'année dernière, alors que le service de raccompagnement Nez rouge brillait par son absence pour une première fois depuis quelques années….«On espère que les gens planifient à l'avance leurs sorties et qu'ils prennent les mesures nécessaires pour ne pas se retrouver dans une situation où ils prennent le volant après avoir consommé de l'alcool», a indiqué le policier Damien Thériault, porte-parole du service Codiac de la GRC. Quarante-trois collisions ont été rapportées aux policiers entre le 21 décembre et le 2 janvier dans le Grand Moncton, selon la GRC. Toutefois, personne n'y a laissé la vie et personne n'a été grièvement blessé. 

Man pleads not guilty to sex offences

A man accused of committing sex offences will remain in custody until his trial in the spring. Dennis Peter Paul Murphy, 52, appeared in Moncton provincial court with defence lawyer Martin Goguen yesterday and pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual exploitation, sex assault and breach of a recognizance. Judge Camille Vautour scheduled his trial for April 19 and Murphy will remain in custody until then. He was remanded after a bail hearing in late November. 

Man pleads guilty to robbing credit unions

A bank robber will be sentenced next week after pleading guilty to several crimes. Robert James Williams, 33, appeared in Moncton provincial court on Wednesday and entered guilty pleas to eight charges…Williams pleaded guilty to robbing money from Angela Steeves, an employee of the Omista Credit Union at 1192 Mountain Rd., on June 18 and robbing money from Janice Bastarache at the Omista Credit Union at 151 Cornhill St., on June 22. 

He had been charged with attempting to rob the Cornhill Street credit union again on June 27, but that charge was withdrawn by the Crown. Williams also pleaded guilty to resisting Codiac RCMP Const. Christopher MacKenzie-Plante on June 27, assaulting him with a vehicle, escaping lawful custody and driving a Chevy Cobalt in a dangerous manner, causing bodily harm to MacKenzie-Plante. He also pleaded guilty to stealing a wallet on June 12 and using a stolen credit card. 

Wild ride tests cops
MONCTON - A man who sent police on a wild chase admitted his guilt in Moncton provincial court Monday. 

Ryan William Peterson pleaded guilty to assaulting a Mountie with a Hyundai Accent, driving in a manner dangerous to the public, possession of a vehicle stolen, possession of a stolen licence plate, refusing to submit to an evaluation for drug or alcohol impairment, breaching a court order and driving while suspended. 

The charges stemmed from a Dec. 23 incident, when the local RCMP got a call from Nova Scotia police that a stolen vehicle sought in a gas theft complaint had failed to stop at the toll plaza near Truro. 

The RCMP spotted the car travelling in the wrong direction on the divided highway near the Tantramar Marsh and were forced to the side of the road to avoid a collision. The police then radioed ahead to other units to intercept the vehicle. The chase finally ended when the Mounties used a spike belt to blow out Peterson's stolen tires. 

Convicted murderer seeks appeal

MONCTON - Fred Prosser is appealing his first-degree murder conviction, calling it a miscarriage of justice. Moncton lawyer James Matheson has filed a notice of appeal with the New Brunswick Court of Appeal on behalf of the Shenstone man who was convicted on Dec. 4 after a two-week trial. 

Prosser was found guilty of murder, sex assault and sex assault causing bodily harm. The crimes occurred on or about Oct. 30, 2010, and the victim was Prosser's former girlfriend, Riverview woman Sabrina Patterson. A jury convicted Prosser, who was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. 

Impaired driver smashes into pole
MONCTON - A Riverview man spent Thursday night in jail after driving drunk and crashing into a telephone pole in downtown Moncton. Mark Franklin St. George, 28, appeared in Moncton provincial court Friday morning and pleaded guilty to a charge of impaired driving. 

Crown prosecutor Michel O. LeBlanc told the court Codiac RCMP began receiving reports of an erratic driver in the downtown at 8:30 p.m. The car struck a telephone pole at the corner of Robinson and Victoria streets. LeBlanc said St. George kept going after the collision but was soon arrested by police. He was caught with an open container of rum. 

Judge Pierre Arseneault imposed a $1,495 fine and banned him from driving for one year.

CRPA meeting Wednesday Jan 9th at the City of Moncton at 0800hrs. The public presentation this month is Codiac Innovative Traffic Operations.