February 6, 2007 - As a result of a concerned citizen contacting police to report a possible drunk driver, Powell River RCMP conducted police surveillance. This investigation led to the arrest of Abraham Brian TANTI, Karl Joseph PENNICK and Jessica RUBLETZ for charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. All subjects appeared in court on February 7.

TANTI, 49 years old male, has been charged Breach of Recognizance x 3 steaming from a charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Heroin in Nanaimo, a new charge of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking crack cocaine in Powell River and Possession of Stolen Property (steaming from a vehicle break-in on January 5 in Powell River). TANTI will remain in custody to appear before a Judge by video on February 21.

RUBLETZ, 29 year old female, has been charged with Possession of Stolen Property. She was released by a Judge to appear in court on April 14.

PENNICK, 60 year old male from Courtenay, has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking crack cocaine. Due to his extensive criminal record consisting of 109 criminal conviction, PENNICK will remain in custody.

The current investigations by Powell River RCMP have been successful due to the continued assistance from concerned citizens of Powell River. Powell River RCMP are dedicated to continue with on-going enforcement actions in the fight against drugs. The support and positive involvement by community members will continue to make a difference.

If you have any information that may assist police with these or other investigations please contact your local RCMP Detachment at
(604)485-6255 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also provide anonymous and secure tips online at www.bccrimestoppers.com

February 8, 2007 - As a result of police surveillance, Powell River RCMP Drug Section arrested an adult female for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking. Police located 100 x 60mg tablets of morphine, street value $3000. Further investigation led Powell River RCMP to a joint operation with Hope RCMP where a 65 year old male, formerly of Powell River, was arrested. A search of his residence resulted in a seizure of morphine. He will be charged with Trafficking as well. Subjects were released from custody to appear in court in April.


Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMPolice
2007-02-12


UPDATE 2007-014/2007-783 - On February 15, 2007, during a bicycle theft investigation, police received information regarding theft of rifles and other items during a break and enter in Wildwood on January 1, 2007. An
18 year old adult male has been arrested after he admitted to the break and enter and theft. Police located stolen property during a consenual search of his residence. Police have recommended charges of Theft Under $5,000, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Possession of Weapon Obtained by Commission of Offence, Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm.

2007-822 - On February 16, 2007 at approximately 11:00 p.m. Powell River RCMP conducted an investigation at Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal. A vehicle was stopped while exiting the ferry. A 21 year old male, Daryl Josephson was found breaching the curfew condition of his recognizance as well as conditions to be residing at a Vancouver address. Josephson was arrested along with his 20 year old female passenger. During a search of the vehicle police located ecstasy and cocaine. Criminal charges of Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance have been recommended against the female. Josephson has been charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of ecstasy, Possession of cocaine as well as 7 charges of Breaching a Recognizance which he received in relation to a Possession charge in February 2006. Josephson has been detained in custody awaiting a bail hearing.

2007-842 - Armed Robbery - On February 18, 2007 at approximately 1:00 a.m., a Powell River taxi driver was robbed at knife point on Manson Avenue near Alberni Street. The male suspect told the taxi driver he had a gun. The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police located the male suspect who ran from police as he was being arrested. Police captured the suspect, John Paul Castagnoli. Castagnoli is in custody awaiting a bail hearing. He has been charged with Break and Enter,from an earlier incident in Sliammon, Armed Robbery, Uttering Threats, Disguise with Intent and Escape Lawful Custody.

While busy with these serious investigations, Powell River RCMP continued to actively target impaired drivers. During the weekend, Powell River RCMP removed 4 Impaired Drivers from the streets of Powell River.

2007-825 - On February 18, 2007, at approximately 11:00 a.m. Powell River RCMP investigated a 27 year old female for using a stolen credit card on board a BC Ferry from Comox to Westview Terminal. During the investigation, police spoke to her male companion who had recently been released on parole beginning on January 9, 2007 with a condition not to leave Vancouver Island. The male was arrested for violating his parole. He was in possession of marijuana. Charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance will be recommended against the 29 year old male. His parole has also been suspended and he will remain in custody.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMP
2007-02-19


2007-967 - February 26, 2007 - Powell River RCMP responded to an alarm at Knight News, 4619 Marine Avenue just after midnight. Police discovered the business had been broken into with cartons of cigarettes stolen. An unknown male was said to be attempting to sell cigarettes from cartons near the Westview Pub shortly after the break-in. Police are continuing to investigate this incident.

2007-958 - February 25, 2007 - Police received report of a residential break-in on Courtenay Street where an outboard motor was stolen.

2007-969 - February 26, 2007 - Police received report of a residential break and enter in the 3800 block of Manitoba Avenue. Tools and a bicycle were stolen.

2007-996 - February 28, 2007 - A 15 foot green Clipper canoe was reported stolen from Aspen Avenue.

2007-998 - February 28, 2007 - At 1:06 p.m. Powell River RCMP responded to an emergency call where a adult male wearing a mask approached a 17 year old female who was walking with an adult female while delivering newspapers near Willingdon Ave. The male told the young female she was his daughter and was coming with him. The adult female quickly led the young female away to safety and called police. Police arrived and arrested the male while he was still wearing the mask. He ran from police and was captured after a brief foot pursuit. The male was arrested for Attempted Kidnapping, Disguise with Intent and Escape Lawful Custody. The male is known to police and remains in custody.

2007-1002 - February 28, 2007 - Powell River RCMP responded to a domestic disturbance call at 4500 Claridge Road. An adult female was arrested for Assault with a Weapon after she stabbed her male partner. He remains in hospital in stable condition. This incident is still under investigation.

2007-996 - February 28, 2007 - At approximately 11:30 a.m. Powell River RCMP Drug Section made a vehicle stop in Wildwood which resulted in the arrest of a 29 year old female for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking cocaine. She remains in police custody awaiting a bail hearing. Hours after her arrest, police responded to a call of a male breaking into this female's residence in Sliammon. A 42 year old male who is known to police for a cocaine addiction was arrested for Break and Enter.

On February 21, 2007, Daryl Josephson pled guilty to Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking cocaine, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Ecstasy, 4 counts of Breaching a Recognizance and Break and Enter. He received an 18 month Conditional Sentence Order with strict conditions including not to be in Powell River which will be followed by 2 years probation with strict conditions. This is following his arrest during an investigation by Powell River RCMP at Saltery Bay Ferry Terminal on February 16, 2007.

If you have any information that may assist police with these or other investigations please contact your local RCMP Detachment at (604)485-6255 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You can also provide anonymous and secure tips online at www.bccrimestoppers.com

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMPolice
2007-02-26