On the 2nd day of March, 2007, as a result of police surveillance, a vehicle was stopped in the 3700 Block of Joyce Avenue, four people were arrested.  Seized was 2oz of cocaine and a large amount of Canadian Currency.  As a result of this, Jessica Batten of Powell River  was arrested and charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possess Marijuana.  A male, Iris Gendron, was also arrested for Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking and Possess cocaine.  Court appearance for these two individuals will be April 18th, 2007.  Also arrested in the vehicle was Matthew Christen Ladret.  He has been charged with Possession of Cocaine for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possess Cocaine and Possess Marijuana.  Ladret has consented to be held in custody until March 21st, 2007 when he will make his next appearance in court.

As a result of follow up investigation, another male, Luke Marshman was arrested at his residence in the 5400 block of Manson Avenue for breach of his conditional sentence order.  The original Conditional Sentence Order was for two counts of Possession for the Purpose of trafficking, Trafficking in a controlled substance, Possess cocaine, and breach of recognizance x four.  The conditions that Marshman breached were not to have contact with Matthew Ladret, no possess weapons, and not to possess a cell phone.  As a result of the search of Marshman, new charges of possess heroin are pending.  Marshman will be held in custody until Wednesday when he appears before a Judge.

On the 28th day of February, 2007, as a result of police surveillance, Belinda Williams was arrested for Possession of cocaine and Lorazepam for the Purpose of trafficking.  She was found in possession of approximately 1 oz of crack cocaine and approximately 50 Lorazepam tablets.  Williams was released on a Recognizance with conditions.  Conditions include a 7pm to 7am curfew, not to possess cell phone or pager, and a few no contacts with persons known to be involved in the drug trafficking trade.

Powell River Continues to step up Impaired Driving Enforcement. Four Powell River drivers were taken off the road this past weekend.  Criminal Code charges are being forwarded against two of these individuals, a 20 year old and a 53 year old. The other two individuals had their drivers licenses suspended for twenty four hours.

Vehicles in the Townsite and Cranberry areas are still the subject of vandalism.  A few vehicles have been gone through and change taken.  More vehicles had their windows shattered. On Glacier Street and Duncan Street, vehicles had their windows broken as well.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMPolice

On 2007-1180 - March 10, 2007 - Just before 9:00 p.m. Powell River RCMP responded to a call for assistance at the Movie Gallery located at 4296 Joyce Avenue. A female had entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. No one was injured. The female suspect fled the scene with a $100 bill. She is described as Caucasian with blonde hair, in her late 40's, small build, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds. Police are actively investigating this incident. If you have any information please contact Powell River RCMP immediately (604)485-6255 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

2006-6051 **The name of Accused may be published as he has been charged.** On March 7, 2007, Powell River RCMPolice Drug Section conducted police surveillance. As a result, 39 year old Timothy John Shepherd was arrested and charged with Possession of Heroin for the Purpose of Trafficking. He appeared in court the following day and was released on a Recognizance with several strict conditions.

Notice to Public - Powell River RCMPolice would like to inform the citizens of Powell River, effective immediately, all requests for Special Occasions Licenses must be made in person with proper identification at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled event.

Powell River RCMPolice continue to receive numerous reports of theft from vehicles, vandalism, as well as residential break and enters. If you notice any suspicious persons or activity in your neighborhood please contact the police immediately.

Cst. Kerri Chard
Powell River RCMPolice

UPDATE - 2007-1180 - On March 14, 2007 following a police investigation into 3 separate incidents of shoplifting at the Town Centre Mall, Powell River RCMPolice arrested 38 year old Colleen Catherine RUTLEDGE for Theft. The investigation led police to identify RUTLEDGE as the suspect in the robbery which took place at the Movie Gallery on March 10, 2007. RUTLEDGE has been charged with 3 counts of Theft and a charge of Robbery has also been recommended.

2007-1332 - March 20, 2007 - A warning to the public to be aware of possible internet lottery scams. A Powell River resident has contacted the RCMP to report she had received suspicious e-mail messages advising her she has won 552,000 pounds sterling from the UK National Lottery. She was then asked to send her personal information and copies of her identification along with a cheque for 5,000 pounds to a courier company in order to claim her 'prize'. She was advised not to tell anyone about her winnings. Powell River RCMP would like to remind people to protect their personal information. Usually when a lottery is won, the winner does not have to pay a fee to claim the prize.

2007-1358 - On March 21, 2007 at 11:50 a.m. Powell River RCMP responded to a motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles on Joyce Avenue at Toba Street. A 22 year old female passenger was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

2007-1053/ 2007-1436 - On March 26, 2007 at 4:10 p.m. Powell River RCMPolice responded to a disturbance outside 7-Eleven, 4441 Joyce Avenue. Robert James COOK, 28 years old, was arrested and charged with assault and uttering threats. Police had been looking for COOK in connection with an assault which took place on March 3, 2007. He was also arrested and charged for the March 3 incident. COOK appeared in Provincial Court on March 28 and was released on bail with several conditions. COOK is scheduled to appear in court again on April 18, 2007.

2007-1457K - On March 28, 2007 at 12:58 p.m. Powell River RCMPolice responded to a domestic disturbance. Soren LAWSON, 27 years old, was arrested and charged with assault against his common-law girlfriend. He appeared in court and was released on a recognizance of bail with conditions. LAWSON is scheduled to appear in court again on April 11, 2007.

2007-1478 - During the evening of March 29, 2007 at Powell River RCMP Drug Section stopped a vehicle departing from a residence known to police. The three occupants of the vehicle were arrested. Police seized a quantity of cocaine. Charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act have been recommended against two adult males.

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