CARLYLE - I’ve always been taught to be thankful for every day, but I think I share a lot of people’s feelings when I say I’m thankful that last week is behind us.
I know a lot of people struggled this week with terrible weather, poor driving conditions and long stretches with no power. However, its hard times like these that truly can bring friends, family and a community together.
Last week was no exception as I’ve heard lots of stories this week about farmers helping one another with calving and feeding cows, Good Samaritans pulling people out of ditches, as well as neighbours delivering food and meals to people unable to leave their house.
Remember, tough times don’t last, but tough people do.
It’s okay not to be okay!
This week we had several drug-related overdoses and medical emergencies in the area. Some of the drug issues were a result of illicit recreational drugs while some were a result of improper use of prescribed drugs. I want to ensure that if someone needs help the Suicide Prevention Line is always available in the paper for them. We want to encourage everyone to reach out for help and talk to someone if they can. No matter how bad things may seem, remember that they can always get better. Life can be very difficult to say the least. Please reach out and check in with friends, co-workers, and family see how they are doing. It’s a perfectly normal question to ask people how they are doing. Don’t let people suffer in silence. If you see someone that you believe needs some help but won’t accept assistance from you, please let the police or their family know. In Saskatchewan you can call/text the Mental Health Crisis Line at 2-1-1 Counselling Connect or Saskatchewan Canadian Mental Health Association at 1-306-384-9333.
On April 18, RCMP received a 911 complaint in Manor. The call came from a child who reported there was an emergency at their house and then hung up the phone. When 911 called back people could be heard talking in the background but nobody would talk on the phone. RCMP attended the residence and spoke with an adult female who did not know 911 was called.
There were two young children that were most likely playing with the phone. There was no emergency at the residence. I want to urge all parents to please talk to your children about proper use of 911 and how serious it is to call 911.
Also that day, the RCMP received a call from a woman in Wawota who requested that the RCMP dispose of two old firearms that belonged to her father. She no longer had a use for the firearms and wanted to make sure they were disposed of properly. If you have old firearms that you want to be disposed, please let us know and we will be happy to make sure they are safely destroyed. The last thing anyone wants is to have firearms be stolen and used for the wrong reasons.
On April 19th, the RCMP received a call from an angry male who had actually called 911 because he was getting his truck fixed at an auto body in Carlyle, and they wanted payment before the work was complete. Once we started to investigate this complaint, we were informed that the male had used their courtesy vehicle and that he returned the vehicle with $1,400 damage and was refusing to release his vehicle until the bill was paid. RCMP advised both the caller and the auto body that the disagreement was a civil case matter and was not criminal in nature.
On April 21st, RCMP received a report of six seasonal cottages broken into on Sixth Street at the White Bear First Nations. The culprits gained entry into the cabins by breaking windows and doors. Each cabin was rummaged through and a list of items stolen is being compiled. The culprits left on foot out the front door of each cabin. RCMP Forensic Identification Services attended and processed each cabin for fingerprints. The Carlyle RCMP is asking anyone with information to contact the Carlyle RCMP at 306-453-6707. Information can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a tip online at www.saskcrimestoppers.com
On April 23, the RCMP was called to a thrift store in Carlyle, who reported that their back shed had been broken into by having the locks cut off. A large amount of clothing and items that were going to be given to goodwill had been stolen and damaged. This was really unfortunate, as there was a group of people that were relying on having that clothing and various items given to them.
Due to the snowstorms in our area, the RCMP also had numerous false alarms and open air 911 calls (phone problems) that usually take place during storms. These types of things can be a real struggle for us during storms as although we can assume they are a result of the storm we still need to attend every alarm and every 911 call.