Normally, at this time of the year RCMP in Grand Forks are dealing with impaired drivers or accidents on slippery highways and streets.
However, during the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, 2022, a person came by the RCMP Detachment in Grand Forks to turn in some firearms and ammunition that they did not want — a realistic looking grenade.
"This grenade was immediately seized and safely secured and stored," Detachment Commander Sergeant Darryl Peppler said in a RCMP media release.
"After a consultation with the RCMP Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) it was determined that the grenade appeared military and a referral was made to the Canadian Armed Forces."
RCMP send pictures to the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EDO) of the Canadian military, which felt it was warranted for their attendance.
"On December 2 in the mid-afternoon, EDO members attended (and) confirmed that the grenade was in fact real and not inert," Sgt. Peppler explained.
"The grenade was subsequently seized and disposed of."
RCMP said often when people are cleaning out a family members home they can come across firearms and other weapons.
RCMP said these items should never be transported and brought to a detachment, rather call the police to report this and an officer will attend and seize these items.
“This was a potentially scary incident in what was later confirmed to be a live grenade brought to the detachment,” said Sgt. Peppler.
“We are trained to treat all firearms and other weapons as live, and this is a good example as to why we do that.”
Grand Forks RCMP continue counterattack road checks
RCMP said that on Saturday, December 3, 2022, Grand Forks officers were kept busy checking vehicles — and in less than 2.5 hours — officers conducted three separate impaired driving files.
Police said the first file happened at 11 p.m. when officers stopped a Subaru XV on Riverside Drive at 78th Ave.
Police said that after speaking with the driver, the officer administered a roadside breath test.
Police said the a 38-year-old male driver from Grand Forks, provided a sample of breath that resulted in a 24 hour driving prohibition being issued.
Less than an hour later, just before midnight, officers noted a vehicle speeding in the downtown core and stopped a Buick Rendezvous.
Police said the 38-year-old female driver from Grand Forks exhibited signs of impairment and officers began their impaired driving investigation.
RCMP said the woman refused to comply with the lawful demands to provide a sample of breath and is now facing criminal charges of Refusal to Comply.
Police said the driver will appear in Provincial Court on January 9, 2023.
On Sunday, December 4 at 1:30 a.m. officers stopped a Jeep Cherokee on 2nd St at 69th Ave in Grand Forks.
Police said that after a quick conversation with the driver, officers entered into an impaired driving investigation where a 28-year-old man from Grand Forks provided a sample of breath roadside. The result was a fail meaning the man had over the legal limit of alcohol in his system. The driver was issued a 90-day driving prohibition and had his vehicle impounded for 30 days.
“It is becoming clear that many are not getting the message about the dangers of drinking and driving,” said Sgt Peppler. “We will be stepping up enforcement throughout the holiday season to ensure it’s a safe one, for everyone.”