A brief overview of what has occurred with Codiac Regional RCMP over the weekend from the period of Friday July 5th at 1600hrs to Monday July 8th at 0800hrs for your info:

217 files created as a result of calls for service, of those:
• 0 attempted murder 
• 2 robbery 
• 1 assault with weapon (bb gun) 
• 0 aggravated assault 
• 16 assault investigations 
• 2 sexual assault investigation 
• 0 luring minors over internet 
• 0 assault on police officer 
• 10 investigations of uttering threats against a person 
• 1 sudden death investigations 
• 1 missing persons (under investigation) 
• 0 criminal harassment investigations 
• 5 break & enter (5 residences) 
• 6 possible impaired drivers 
• 1 collisions; 0 with injury, 0 reportable, 0 non reportable 
• 2 fail to stop/remain at accident scene 
• 16 false/abandoned 911 call 
• 8 persons related to mental health 
• 2 vehicles reported stolen (1 bicycle, 1 car) 
• 6 theft from vehicle 
• 6 theft under $5000.00 investigations 
• 0 theft over $5000.00 investigations 
• 2 theft under (shoplifting) 
• 1 fraud investigation under $5000.00 
• 0 fraud investigation over $5000.00 
• 6 mischief investigations - damage to property 
• 0 public mischief investigation 
• 27 false alarms 
• 7 assistance general public 
• 3 intoxicated persons detention act 
• 14 suspicious person/vehicle/property investigations 
• 8 disturbing the peace 
• 14 municipal by-laws 
• 14 persons detained in cells
OCC stats from Friday midnight to Sunday midnight:
Admin calls - 1433
911 calls - 609
Fire - 60
PDRM (police radio monitor) - 1389

43 clients came to the front door and used the telephone in lobby to contact the OCC over the evenings/weekend.

RCMP vigilant on roads
The RCMP in New Brunswick is cautioning motorists to drive safely and responsibly this holiday weekend. As officers patrol the roadways while traffic picks up over the weekend, many tickets are sure to be doled out. The minimum for most violations under the New Brunswick Motor Vehicle Act is $172.50 and can also result in the loss of demerit points. "Depending on the type of infraction, fines can increase," said Const. Derek Black of the District 2 RCMP in a news release. "Fines for speeding increase to $292.50 when a vehicle is travelling more than 25 kilometres per hour above the posted speed limit, and fines double when speeding in a construction zone." Distracted driving is also a concern for police, the RCMP said, and motorists are also reminded of the move over law in New Brunswick. "Motorists are required by law to move to the left, when it's safe to do so, when approaching and passing an emergency vehicle that is on the side of the road with its emergency lights on." Black said

Two injured in accident
A male and a female are in hospital in serious condition following an accident on Highway 15, Saturday afternoon. At approximately 11:45 a.m., an eastbound vehicle transporting a barbecue lost its load. A second vehicle stopped to assist. Codiac RCMP Const. Damien Thériault says most vehicles slowed down to move around the incident, but one vehicle did not. "Another vehicle did not have the opportunity to stop and tried to avoid a collision with the vehicles on the side of the road," Thériault said. The vehicle drove into the ditch, colliding with the two pedestrians: a 55-year-old male and 43-year-old female. The pedestrians are still in hospital in serious condition. Traffic on Highway 15 was delayed for most of the afternoon.

Four arrested for drugs
Two men from Quebec and a man and woman from Moncton were arrested recently while engaged in a drug transaction. RCMP New Brunswick Federal Operations East in Moncton made the arrests on Mountain Road near the Trans-Canada Highway. As a result of the arrest, police seized three kilograms of cocaine believed to have originated from Quebec. Robert Richer, 65, and Marcel Dion, 56, both from Montreal, were charged with trafficking cocaine and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. They appeared in Moncton provincial court and were released on conditions. They are scheduled to return to court on Aug. 29. Two other individuals, a 41-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man, both from Moncton, were arrested and then released on conditions to appear in court on Sept. 30.

Body recovered from river
A woman's body was recovered from the Petitcodiac River yesterday morning. Codiac RCMP and Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview fire departments responded to a call at approximately 10 a.m. about a body in the river. Ambulance New Brunswick was also on the scene. .......RCMP have identified the woman but would not comment on the cause of death or whether foul play is suspected. The victim's name will be released when family members have been notified. The RCMP are continuing their investigation into what happened. The coroner and a representative from Cobb's Funeral Home were also on the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. today.

Woman pulled from river identified
Police have identified the woman who was found dead in the Petitcodiac River on Sunday. Codiac RCMP say Tiffany Yvonne Mertin was found near the causeway in Riverview. The 41-year-old Moncton woman had been reported missing to police on Friday and had not been seen since June 30. She left her residence in the Jones Lake neighbourhood of Moncton around 9 p.m. on the day in question and family and friends had not heard from her since. All efforts to find her were unsuccessful. Police sent out a news release on Saturday with her description and photo, in the hopes someone might have seen her or might know her whereabouts. Around 10 a.m. on Sunday, someone called 911 after finding a body in the river, prompting a response from Codiac RCMP, Ambulance New Brunswick and all three Metro Moncton fire departments. A rescue boat was launched and crews were able to recover the woman's body. Police didn't release her name to the public until yesterday to allow time for the notification of her family. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed yesterday to establish the cause of death.

Attempted robbery, mugging connected, Codiac RCMP
An attempted robbery Saturday night and a mugging a short time later in Moncton are connected, say Codiac RCMP. Police said two men first tried to steal a cash register at a pizza shop on St. George Street at around 11 p.m. About an hour and a half later near Killam Drive, police said the pair stole a young woman's purse. She was not injured. RCMP said they have surveillance pictures of the suspects. No arrests have been made.

Case of baby Taylor delayed
MONCTON - The case of a Riverview woman accused of hiding her newborn son's dead body was adjourned for almost two months Wednesday. Christine Margaret Wood, 30, was not present in Moncton provincial court but was represented by defence lawyer Scott Fowler, who asked for the adjournment because the Crown is reviewing the file. He also said the Crown is going to produce a transcript of an interview given by his client, which could take some time. Prosecutor Stephen Holt told the court the interview in question is seven hours long and it could take several weeks for the transcript to be prepared. Holt also said a number of issues are under review and a "case consultation" may be required. Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman scheduled the matter to return to court Aug. 27............. 

It's time to turn up the heat on distracted drivers
Well summer finally arrived in Metro Moncton, marked by more rainy weather, a higher-than-usual tidal bore and a new campaign by the RCMP to get drivers like you and me to blow the whistle on other drivers who appear to be distracted behind the wheel. The new "Report a Distracted Driver" campaign began last month with the RCMP asking motorists to report bad behaviour like texting and driving, speeding, and erratic driving. Of course they ask that you please pull over and stop before using your own cell phone. They also want us to note the make and model of car, licence plate number, time and date of the infringement and the driver's appearance. The idea is that you or I could see somebody breaking a traffic law on the streets, and call it in to the RCMP. They can track the driver down and issue a ticket. But once you make the call, they say, you must also be willing to go to court if the driver you reported plans to fight it. The numbers to call are published daily on Page A2 of the Times &Transcript. Police say many accidents are caused by distractions, and I don't doubt it. Times and Transcript, 
95% of Canadians admit to distracted driving
MONCTON, NB - It includes texting, talking on the phone, eating,searching for a new song and talking to a friend in the passengers seat. Distracted driving is the everyday norm for most drivers - 95 percent to be exact, according to a recent survey by Allstate Canada. "We've actually seen a decrease in distracted driving through cellphones and texting however it's still at an unacceptable level," said David Vautour, officer in charge of operations at Codiac RCMP. The survey says everything we already know: a distracted driver is a problem........
Internet piracy can pose big problems
As the act of downloading music, movies and games for free becomes an increasingly normal habit for web-surfers around the world, some New Brunswick artists and content-creators are calling for action from the region?s law enforcement agencies. But whether or not much can be done to address this common, but harmful, form of intellectual property theft is up in the air. "Internet piracy is a very broad subject matter and each complaint would need to be assessed on its individual merits to determine what offence was committed," says RCMP Const. Damien Theriault. "Depending on the nature and the scope of the investigation a determination would be made on which agency or unit would be best suited to conduct the investigation." Daniel Williams, a spokesman for the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, says that while downloading music for personal use is not actually considered a criminal offence in Canada, it could result in other penalties. "Such downloading (for personal use) may constitute copyright infringement and could expose that person to liability in a civil proceeding," says Williams. "Law enforcement investigates commercial operations that are manufacturing, importing and/or distributing fraudulent or trademark-forged goods. The RCMP focuses on intellectual property crime investigations that are large scale or have the potential to expand beyond the retail level and target the highest level responsible for the counterfeit goods." Times & Transcript (Telegraph-Journal) states, "
Man stabs brother in dispute
MONCTON A dramatic scene broke out on the corner of High Street and Mountain Road Tuesday when two brothers had an argument that led to one stabbing the other. The incident occurred in the parking lot of Treasures Pawn Shop, 377 High St., shortly before 4 p.m. Bill Roberts, owner of the pawn shop, said one of the men involved is a regular customer in his store. He came into the store with his mother, who was going to pay the interest on some of his pawns. Roberts said the man?s older brother came in and began arguing with his sibling. Both men are believed to be in their 20s. The older brother told the younger one that he shouldn?t be pawning items owned by their father, the store owner said, but the younger sibling said the items "diecast cars" were his and he could do with them what he wanted.........Codiac RCMP responded to the call within minutes, along with Ambulance New Brunswick and Moncton Fire Department officials. Police cordoned off the parking lot and interviewed witnesses, including the men?s mother. The stabbing victim was taken away by ambulance while his brother was placed under arrest. Codiac RCMP could not be reached yesterday for comment on the case. A half-dozen police cars, along with an IDENT van, were on scene at one point. A bloody towel and other items could be seen behind a parked van in the cordoned-off area. The men's mother, a young woman and a child were all taken away in a police car around 4:30 p.m. Roberts said the accused stabber is not a bad guy. He's always very cordial and a good customer.

Home held many family memories
Paul LeBlanc has taken the same detour for years: hanging an early right onto Wesley Street, instead of driving a block further to Botsford Street, to reach Mountain Road. Now, there?s nothing left to see but a vacant lot. "History was burned down," said Paul.......... Over the years, Paul has driven by the home, watching it deteriorate. He says he considered buying the home at one point, but decided against it, explaining that he was in the business of selling homes, not building them. He says he always wanted to contact the owner to ask he rebuilt the porch, but never learned who owned the home. Now, it?s too late. The home, then an apartment building, was damaged by fire on April 1, and was ?completely engulfed? in flames, according to the City of Moncton?s description, a second time on June 19. The second fire was ?deemed a suspicious fire,? says the city, explaining in a news release on June 19 that the Moncton Fire Department and the Codiac RCMP were looking into the incident. Const. Damien Thériault, media contact person at the Codiac Regional RCMP, said yesterday that "there's nothing new to report on the fire at 162 Wesley (Street); it's still under investigation at this point."

Purse robberies investigated
Codiac RCMP are investigating after two women were robbed of their purses over the weekend in separate incidents. The first incident occurred outside Kegler's Bar on Mountain Road around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday. "Two men confronted a woman and one tried to grab her purse," says Const. Damien Theriault. "She resisted and one grabbed her and they took her purse from her." The woman was not hurt during the incident. Police have not identified the two men, but say the same pair tried to grab cash out of the cash register at Cedars Pizza on St. George Street 90 minutes before the purse snatching, but failed. The other purse robbery was committed by a different perpetrator at 1 a.m. on Sunday. A youth with an object in his hand threatened a woman in the parking lot between Staples and the Atlantic Superstore on Main Street and demanded her purse, which she handed over.

Bogus bills passed 
Two men are in custody after counterfeit American bills were used at more than a dozen Dieppe stores on Wednesday. Codiac RCMP Const. Damien Theriault says police received a call shortly after 7 p.m., from security officers at Champlain Place. They advised that two men appeared to be trying to pass counterfeit currency by going from store to store attempting to make change by making small purchases. Codiac RCMP General Duty and Street Crime Unit members responded and apprehended the two suspects. They were found to be in possession of counterfeit American $20 bills and merchandise purchased from various businesses. The bills had different serial numbers. 

Bogus bills passed
Two men are in custody after counterfeit American bills were used at more than a dozen Dieppe stores on Wednesday. Codiac RCMP Const. Damien Theriault says police received a call shortly after 7 p.m., from security officers at Champlain Place. They advised that two men appeared to be trying to pass counterfeit currency by going from store to store attempting to make change by making small purchases. Codiac RCMP General Duty and Street Crime Unit members responded and apprehended the two suspects. They were found to be in possession of counterfeit American $20 bills and merchandise purchased from various businesses. The bills had different serial numbers. Daniel Boudreau, 22, and Jordan Crawford, 19, both of the Saint John area, appeared in Moncton provincial court yesterday and were charged with possession of counterfeit money and uttering counterfeit money. Both were remanded until July 8 for a bail hearing. Codiac RCMP advises businesses to check any American $20 bills and immediately report any suspicious bills to police. Anyone suspicious about the authenticity of any currency should take it to a financial institution for verification. Times & Transcript, A4, Telegraph-Journal (Daily Gleaner)

Man admits using counterfeit money
A Saint John man will remain in custody pending sentencing after admitting he passed counterfeit money at 18 stores. When 22-year-old Daniel Eugene Boudreau returns to court for sentencing on July 22, he will also face at least 10 new charges of using counterfeit money, which Codiac RCMP are preparing. Boudreau and co-accused Jordan Crawford, 19, both appeared in Moncton provincial court yesterday, after first appearing last Thursday, following their arrest. They were brought to court separately, because they are under an order to have no contact with each other........When the two men were arrested last week, police said Champlain Place security called to report two men appeared to be trying to pass counterfeit currency by going from store to store attempting to make change by making small purchases. Codiac RCMP responded and apprehended the two suspects. They were found to be in possession of counterfeit American $20 bills and merchandise purchased from various businesses. The bills had different serial numbers...........

Don't give alcohol to kids – police
Police are reminding the public that it's against the law for adults to provide liquor to minors. Provincial RCMP Crime Stoppers co-ordinator Sgt. Noel Cyr said his group is working with NB Liquor to raise awareness about what is being described as the persistent problem of adults providing alcoholic beverages to people under 19 years of age. It's a message the RCMP has been pushing regularly over the last several years. "I think it's good once in a while to bring it back and make sure that people are aware that it's against the law to provide alcohol to minors," Cyr said. 

Cyclist hit by driver
A cyclist in Moncton was injured yesterday after being hit by a driver. The incident occurred at the corner of John and Shirley streets in the downtown shortly before 8 a.m. Const. Damien Theriault of Codiac Regional RCMP said the injuries sustained by the cyclist, a man in his 40s, are not believed to be serious