On Tuesday, April 15, Merritt RCMP received a call that two males with a gun had fired at a jogger. Police attended the bus depot and located two males with a BB gun who had been shooting at trees behind the Husky gas station. The two males, in their mid-20s, told police they didn’t think anybody was around, but an employee from the Ministry of Forests was out for a lunch-hour run where the men were shooting and had one of the pellets buzz by her head. RCMP said the men realized their mistake right away and were apologetic before returning to the Husky to catch their bus. The men were in between bus stops and were released without charges.

Drunk youth on golf course

On March 29 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP were dispatched to a complaint that a group of kids were drinking on the golf course. As police arrived, a group of young adults walked away from the golf course. However, a local 19-year-old male tried to run away. After a short foot chase, he was caught and arrested for public intoxication. It was then determined that the young man was breaching his court imposed conditions. He was held in custody until he sobered up and then appeared before a justice of the peace where he was released from custody to appear before a provincial court judge in April.

Unwanted guest

On March 30 at approximately 9 p.m. Merritt RCMP were called to the Coldwater Reserve to investigate a complaint of an unwanted guest in a residence. A local 19-year-old woman was located drunk and found to be in breach of her court imposed conditions. She is currently charged with assaulting a police officer and two counts of breaching her conditions. She was arrested and held in custody until she sobered up and then appeared before a justice of the peace where she was released from custody to appear before a provincial court judge in April.

Drunk driver had no ID

On March 31 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP stopped a pickup that was driving east on Highway 8 near Mamette Lake Road. Police approached and spoke with the driver, who was unable to show identification. It was determined that the driver, a 35-year-old woman from Williams Lake, had been drinking and her ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol or by drug. She was given an opportunity to provide breath samples and failed. Her vehicle was impounded for 30 days, she was issued a violation ticket and she was prohibited from driving a motor vehicle for 90 days. Police were not satisfied that the driver was the person she claimed to be and through followup investigation determined that she had provided a false information. She was arrested for obstructing a police officer and eventually admitted to who she really was. She will appear in provincial court in May.

Limo windows smashed

Sometime overnight on March 3, an unknown person(s) had smashed the windows of a limousine while it was parked in the 1500 block of Voght Street. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Travel trailer broken into

Sometime between 1 p.m. on March 31 and noon on April 1, unknown person(s) broke into a travel trailer on Wilcox Avenue in Merritt. Several items were stolen: a 20 inch Samsung TV; a sub woofer; a Honda 2000 generator and a large quantity of fly fishing gear. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Leather chaps and horse bridals stolen

Sometime during the week of March 11, unknown person(s) broke into a residence in the 300 block of Highway 8. Stolen items include: a pair of brown leather chaps and six horse bridals (steel coloured). If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

IPod, Oakley sunglasses and wallet stolen from car

Sometime overnight on April 4 unknown person(s) entered an unlocked vehicle that was parked in the 1600 block of Voght Sreet. Several items were stolen including: One black, older model iPod Nano (8Gb); red/white pair of Oakley sunglasses “limited edition” 2012 with a maple leaf on left lens; and a wallet containing bank card and B.C driver’s licence. The debit card and driver’s licence were later turned into the Royal Bank by a Good Samaritan. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Driver drunk and speeding

On March 5 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Merritt RCMP observed a red Hyundai traveling at a high rate of speed on Voght Street going south. Police conducted a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Voght Street. The driver, a 19-year-old woman from Chilliwack, was found to have been drinking. It was determined that her ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol or by drugs.

She was given an opportunity to provide breath samples which resulted in a fail.

She was issued a 90 day driver’s licence prohibition and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Merritt detachment 250-478-4262

Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477

Person uses bolt cutters to open gate

Sometime during the day on April 5, unknown person(s) broke a gate lock with bolt cutters. The property is located approximately 16 kms south of Merritt on Midday Valley Road. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Structure fire on Hicks Avenue

On April 5, at approximately 4:45 p.m., Merritt RCMP were dispatched to a structure fire in the 1200 block of Hicks Avenue. Members of Merritt Fire and Rescue Department were on scene and extinguished the fire. The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Large rock thrown through door

Sometime overnight on April 6, unknown person(s) threw a large rock through the door at a local business in the 2000 block of Coutlee Avenue. No entry was gained into the business. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Woman intoxicated and passed out in vehicle

On April 6 at approximately 10:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a citizen’s complaint of an intoxicated woman passed out in her vehicle in the 1400 block of Pine Street. Investigation resulted in the arrest of a local 58-year-old woman due to her level of intoxication. She was held in custody until she sobered up and could care for herself.

Driving privileges suspended for DUI

On April 7 at approximately 7:45 a.m., Merritt RCMP responded to two citizen complaints of an impaired driver who had just parked his vehicle in the 2300 block of Voght Street. Police located a local 33-year-old man who was intoxicated. Investigation determined that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol or by drug. He was provided an opportunity to provide breath samples which resulted in a fail. His driving privileges were suspended for 30 days, his vehicle was impounded for 90 days and he was issued a violation ticket for no valid drivers licence.

Drunk woman attacks police officer

On April 7 during the early afternoon hours, Merritt RCMP were conducting traffic control on Garcia Street and Coutlee Avenue when a member of the public advised police that there was a drunk female in the crowd. Police identified the drunk woman as a local 41-year-old who is known to police. She is identified a Melanie Heppner. In the course of arresting her for causing a disturbance, Heppner pulled away from the police officer and then swung her fist towards the officer. She began to yell and tried several times to head butt and kick the officer. Heppner was held in custody and appeared before a provincial court judge where she was remanded in custody until April 15. She is facing charges of assaulting a police officer and causing a disturbance. Police would like to thank the man who stepped forward to assist the officer until other officers arrived.

Briefcase stolen from truck

Sometime overnight on April 8, unknown person(s) broke into a pick-up truck while it was parked in the 4000 block of Walters Street. The truck’s driver side windows were broken and a briefcase was taken. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Pick-up broken into

Sometime overnight on April 8, unknown person(s) broke into a pick-up truck while it was parked in the 3700 block of Dewolf Way. Entry was gained by breaking the driver’s side window and the back sliding window. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Smash and grab on Voght

Sometime overnight on April 8, unknown person(s) broke into a car while it was parked in the 3500 block of Voght Street. Items stolen include: three pieces of luggage with miscellaneous clothing items, hair straighteners, and make up. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Travel trailer broken into

Sometime overnight on April 9, a travel trailer was broken into in the 2800 block of Pooley Avenue. Stolen items include a flat screen TV. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.

Notes of Interest:

Since March 29, 2013 Merritt police officers responded to:

Calls for Service: 221

False / Abandoned 911 Calls: 18

False Alarms: 7

Drunk in Public Arrests: 20

Merritt detachment 250-478-4262

Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477