Local woman charged with trafficking
On Jan. 11 at 11:46 a.m., Merritt RCMP were advised by a citizen of an intoxicated female in the downtown core. While en route, police received a second call of a female passed out at a computer desk at the library. Police attended, located and arrested 41-year-old local Melanie Heppner, who was held in custody to appear before a provincial court judge. On Jan. 14, she pled guilty was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Assault and uttering threats
On Jan. 11 at approximately 1 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a report of an assault on the corner of Quilchena Avenue and Blair Street. Police attended and witnessed a local 44-year-old man yelling at another man. Edwin Feldman was arrested and charged with assault and uttering threats. He was released from custody with several conditions placed on his behaviour and is to appear in provincial court in March.
Second assault charge for local
On Jan. 13 at approximately 5:15 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a complaint of an assault in the 1800 block of Quilchena Avenue. Investigation revealed that 44-year-old Edwin Feldman had assaulted and threatened another local man. Feldman had been previously released from police custody on Jan. 11 for the same behaviour. He was located and again arrested for assault, uttering threats and breach of his undertaking. He was held in custody and appeared before a provincial court judge on Jan. 14. His bail was denied and he was held in custody to appear in provincial court on Jan. 24.
Breach of bail
On Jan. 11 at approximately 2 p.m., Merritt RCMP observed 24-year-old local Kurtis Sundman breach his previous court-imposed conditions. He was arrested and was also found to be in possession of cocaine. He was held in custody and brought before a justice of the peace. He is facing charges of breach of bail and possession of cocaine, and will appear in provincial court to answer to the charges.
Breach of probation
On Jan. 12, Merritt RCMP were responding to a call for service at a local licensed establishment on Voght Street. While there, police recognized a local 23-year-old man, Curtis Jager, who was intoxicated and who was breaching his previous court-imposed conditions. He was arrested and brought before a justice of the peace and subsequently released from custody to appear in provincial court on Jan. 22 to answer to two counts of breach of probation and one count of breach of bail.
Intoxicated man denied bail
On Jan. 12 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP were travelling west on Highway 8, responding to an unrelated file, when they observed an adult male on the same side of the road stagger into his lane. The location where the male was walking had no artificial light, and the male was dressed in dark clothing. Police stopped and spoke to the local 47-year-old man, who was intoxicated. Computer checks revealed that the man, Gregory Shackelly, was bound by several separate prohibition orders as well as a recognizance of bail with conditions not to consume alcohol. He was arrested and brought back to the Merritt Detachment where he was held in custody to appear before a justice of the peace and remanded in custody until Jan. 14 when he was to appear before a provincial court judge. On Jan. 14, he appeared before a judge and was denied bail and subsequently remanded in custody.
Heroin, methamphetamines seized
On Jan. 15, Merritt RCMP arrested 27-year-old Candace Karlson and another 22-year-old female after allegations of uttering threats resulted from a separate investigation into possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Quantities of cocaine, heroin, morphine and methamphetamine were seized during the course of these ongoing investigations. Karlson has been remanded in custody and faces the following charges: three counts of uttering threats and four separate charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. The 22-year-old female was released from custody and will appear in provincial court in April.
Lengthy probation order breached
On Jan. 16 at approximately 1 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a 911 call from a residence in the 2800 block of Clapperton Avenue. During the investigation at the residence, police found a very intoxicated 46-year-old local man, later identified as Gerald Clarke. Police record checks revealed that he was bound by a probation order with 22 conditions. He was found to be breaching his probation order and was arrested. He was held in custody until he could appear before a provincial court judge where he was later released on a recognizance of bail.