CARLYLE - Holmstrom Rant
If you have a problem and don’t know who to call, the default answer should not be call the RCMP.
Although some of the calls we have received at the Carlyle RCMP have made me laugh out loud, they have also made me shake my head. For example, if you are renting a house and water is coming into the basement, and you can’t get a hold of your landlord, please don’t call the RCMP.
If you get chased into a barn by a swarm of bees and are now trapped in a barn, please don’t call the police.
When we receive any call for police assistance, we usually ask the caller what they would like the police to do for them or how we could help. In these instances when we asked, I’m sure we heard crickets chirping on the other end of the phone.
Don’t get me wrong, we always try to help anyone in need if we can, but sometimes before you call the RCMP just ask yourself, can the RCMP really help me in this situation?
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 is always available in the paper. 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 help 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 or call Counselling Connect Saskatchewan Canadian Mental Health Association at 1-306-384-9333.
The Carlyle RCMP was busy conducting traffic stops this week, stopping 56 people for speeding. Officers must have been in a good mood this week, because 30 of these motorists only received a warning for their speed. The most expensive tickets this week were for driving a vehicle while holding, viewing, using, or manipulating a cellphone with a fine coming in at $580. The highest ticket of the week for speeding was $300 for traveling 135 kilometres per hour in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 9.
On April 4, the RCMP received a call from a driver who stated the tire blew on his blue Ford Fiesta on Highway 13 near Carlyle. Once his tire blew, the vehicle entered the ditch and several areas of his vehicle were damaged, including the front bumper and front end. The airbags were deployed. Luckily, nobody was injured.
The RCMP then received a call of a hit and run at Arcola Prairie Place. A GMC Sierra was hit on the front bumper and nobody notified the owner of the victim vehicle. Officers are currently waiting on video surveillance from nearby businesses in order to advance the investigation. Carlyle RCMP is requesting anyone with information about this incident to call the detachment 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
The RCMP received a call from a landlord in Carlyle who stated that he had a tenant move out of his residence. A dark blue Chrysler 300 was left in the parking lot and e wanted it removed. The car had been parked abandoned in the driveway for over a year.
Police also determined that the owner of the vehicle is currently living out of the province and may not return as he has several outstanding warrants for his arrest in Saskatchewan. Unfortunately, for the landlord, the RCMP was not able to assist him with removal of the vehicle as it was a civil issue between him and his previous tenant.
Also on April 4, the RCMP was called to a residence by a male who claimed to be punched by another male. When members arrived on scene, they were greeted by a third person who claimed not to have seen anything but did hear some arguing, and that the potential suspect had left the residence.
Members located the victim of the assault who was passed out due to his state of intoxication. Officers managed to wake the victim but due to his state of intoxication, was not able to stand up, or formulate thoughts or sentences. Emergency services was called to the house to assess the victim and ensure he was going to be okay.
As RCMP were leaving the scene the victim tried to walk and fell on the floor again due to his intoxication and was unable to get up. Luckily the victim did not sustain any injuries. Another person in the residence agreed to look after the victim until he was sober.
I am not putting this information in here to try and humiliate or make fun of anyone. This is also the reason I have not included any names or locations. Alcohol addictions is something millions of people in this world battle every day. If you battle with addiction, please reach out of help. It’s never too late to start the road to recovery. My hope is that this article may help some people reflect on themselves.
Also on April 4, RCMP received a complaint that two people were driving around in Carlyle in a Ford Windstar and that they did not have a driver’s licence. RCMP located the van in Carlyle and it turned out that the adult driver was suspended from driving. The driver received a fine for driving while suspended and had her vehicle impounded for 60 days.
On April 5, Const. Dubeau along with Nicole Gervais from Victim Services attended Gordon F. Kells High School in Carlyle and provided students with information on internet safety and the risks associated with sharing intimate photos with people online. The presentation was very well received by the students and it is my hope that we were able to prevent future occurrences from taking place. Some suggested websites for parents/caregivers searching for support or help can go to needhelpnow.ca
Also on April 5, RCMP received a complaint from a male that had loaned both a red meteorite as well as a white alabaster stone carving to the Moosomin Mountain Lodge, only to have it stolen. The complainant was unable to provide photos of the stolen artifacts but might be able to find some in the future. The Carlyle RCMP is requesting anyone with information about this incident to contact the Carlyle RCMP by calling the detachment or Crime Stoppers.
On April 6, RCMP received a complaint of an abandoned blue GMC truck near Highway 13 near Manor. The vehicle was halfway into a slough and appeared that it had been there for quite some time. RCMP tracked down the owner who advised that he had got the vehicle stuck about three months prior but there had been too much snow and mud to retrieve the vehicle.
On April 10, RCMP were called to an intoxicated male behind the Carlyle Town Office. The male was very upset but RCMP managed to calm the male down and placed him under arrest. The male was lodged in Carlyle cells until he was sober.
On April 11, RCMP received a call from a rancher who was in udder disbelief as he had purchased a bull from a bull sale and he was less than “amoosed” when the wrong bull was delivered to him. The rancher called RCMP back and advised that the problem had been solved and that the sale had just made a “moostake.” They are going to try and beef up their sale security in the future.