By BILL BOWMAN
For the last long weekend of summer, the Labour Day weekend turned out to be a relatively quiet one for Trinity-Conception District RCMP.
Of the 73 calls for service RCMP received between Friday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 5, only one motor vehicle accident was reported.
Cpl. Brent Hillier said the accident occurred around 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 5 when a 51-year-old male was struck by a car on Water Street in Bay Roberts. The victim was taken to the Carbonear General Hospital where he was treated for injuries and released.
"The female driver was charged with driving with due care and attention," Cpl. Hillier said.
The police spokesman said they responded to 13 driving complaints including impaired and erratic drivers.
Three of the seven calls they received involving mischief and damage to property came from in and around MountainView Park in Clarke's Beach.
The complaints started around 11 p.m., Friday when police received a report that a beer bottle had been thrown onto a private property on Park Avenue.
Cpl. Hillier said the complainant provided the name of a suspect, but the suspect denied the accusation when questioned by police. Cpl. Hillier said they investigated the incident, but without eyewitnesses, couldn't pursue it any further.
Police received the second complaint, this time, from the park itself shortly after 12 noon, Sept. 4, reporting a tenant's vehicle had been damaged. Again a subject was identified, and the matter was investigated, but no charges were laid.
The corporal said there was no indication of any connection between the two incidents.
The third and final call from the park area came in just after midnight, Sunday, when a resident called police to complain about "noise (loud music) coming from the park." Although they all came from the same area, Cpl. Hillier noted, "the complaints were all different."
Describing the ongoing situation between area residents and MountainView Park as "a boiling pot that has been boiling for the last couple of years," he said the problem appears to be escalating as the park expands.
While the issue is one for the Clarke's Beach Town Council to deal with, Cpl. Hillier explained the RCMP has to deal with the "criminal aspects" of complaints they receive from the area.
"We just want to keep the peace," he said.
Meanwhile, on Friday morning, before the Labour Day weekend officially began, police responded to a break and enter at a cabin on Old Track Road off New Harbour Barrens. Cpl. Hiller said they are still investigating that incident.
Four assaults and one report of uttering threats rounded out the calls RCMP handled over the long holiday weekend.