Over the long weekend

Armed man threatens people at Nelson bus stop

A 33-year-old man is facing charges of breaching his probation and assaulting an officer after an incident downtown Tuesday evening.

A 33-year-old man is facing charges of breaching his probation and assaulting an officer after police received a report about 8 p.m. Tuesday about a man with a weapon threatening people at the bus stop at Ward and Baker.

Officers found the man was drunk and breaching conditions not to drink. Police say he resisted arrest and a “lengthy struggle” followed to get him into the police car.

Police didn’t say what kind of weapon was involved.

Girl rescued from embankment

Police responded around 10:40 p.m. Friday to a teen party in the forest above L.V. Rogers secondary and below the Burlington Northern trail.

A 14-year-old girl was in “medical distress” from drinking and needed help from two police officers, BC Ambulance, the Nelson fire department, and the help of several sober teens to take her down very steep terrain.

“The Nelson Police Department would like to thank the teenagers who remained and assisted in carrying both equipment and the stretcher down the embankment to the ambulance,” Acting Sgt. David Laing said.

Nelson bear calls persist

The Nelson Police Department received “numerous” bear calls to areas around View Street and through to Fairview over the weekend.

They remind residents that without accessible garbage, bears won’t stay in the city but will leave to find natural food sources in the mountains.

“But because some residents continue to leave garbage in places bears can access, they are remaining and it is only a matter of time until a dangerous bear encounter with people or until the bear will have to be destroyed,” Laing said.

Under the BC Wildlife Act, there is a $230 fine for leaving garbage in an area accessible to wildlife. Sightings can be reported to the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.

Counterfeits popping up

Police say several reports have surfaced in the past few days of bogus American $20 and $50 bills being used throughout the city.

“Merchants should ensure staff are aware of the current influx of counterfeit US money and obtain a security features list for US bills either from the Internet or from a local bank,” Laing said

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