Police officer assaulted

The officer witnessed a traffic violation near Main Street and Second Avenue at about 12:40 a.m. and pulled the car over near Jarvis Street and Second Avenue, according to a release from the RCMP on Monday morning.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, a female RCMP constable was assaulted by a man she was trying to arrest.

The officer witnessed a traffic violation near Main Street and Second Avenue at about 12:40 a.m. and pulled the car over near Jarvis Street and Second Avenue, according to a release from the RCMP on Monday morning.

“During the traffic stop the male driver exited his vehicle a number of times in an agitated state,” RCMP said in a release.

The constable attempted to calm the male, who only continued to become more agitated.

When the officer attempted to arrest the man, she was assaulted.

The man, who is familiar to the police, punched the officer and delivered other physical assaults before several witnesses. The civilians then assisted the officer, said Sgt. Don Rogers said on Monday.

More police came to the scene and a second constable was also assaulted before they could subdue the man and take him into custody, he said.

The incident is still under investigation. While alcohol is not a factor, there is reason to believe other pharmaceutical drugs were involved, said Rogers.

The police would like to thank all of the people who helped the officer and to encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the Whitehorse detachment.

The 40-year-old man is scheduled to hear his charges of assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest in territorial court Monday, October 24.

Three boys burned at bonfire

Three young boys were burned at a bonfire they attended on Thursday, October 20.

“A number of people, including both adults and youths, were gathered around a campfire when an individual threw what is believed to be gasoline on the fire,” said an RCMP release issued Friday.

However, instead of landing in the fire the accelerant passed through it, igniting and landing on Giles Jim, Dustin Huebschwerlen and Jake Maynard.

Whitehorse police received a call from the hospital at about 9:50 p.m. Thursday after another witness drove the boys from Hidden Lake in Porter Creek to the emergency room.

Only two of the three boys, aged 13, 14 and 16 years old, were flown down to BC Children’s Hospital.

The injuries were not as bad as first expected and the boys are expected to be released from Vancouver on Monday, Sgt. Don Rogers from the Whitehorse RCMP said.

An investigation is ongoing.

No one was at the fire’s location once the police arrived on Thursday night.

It was an unauthorized fire and police are not ruling out alcohol as a factor in this incident, including underage drinking, said Rogers.

It is not known if any charges will be laid at this time.

“We look to determine if there’s any criminality,” said Rogers. “At this point in time we need to talk to witnesses to determine what happened and whether or not it was a deliberate act.

“It may, very well be just a tragic accident. And if that’s the case – that’s the case.”

The boys’ families and friends are organizing a fundraiser for this coming Thursday, October 27 at 5:30 p.m. All three boys attended Porter Creek Secondary and the evening of auctions, entertainment and dinner will take place in the school’s cafeteria.

Everyone who wants to show their support for the boys are welcome, it will be a minimum $20 donation at the door and volunteers who can help cook, set up, clean up and donate auction items are needed.

For more information please contact Kayla Smith at 332-3258 or Kim Rumley at 456-3826 or krumley@vgfn.net

Contact Roxanne Stasyszyn at roxannes@yukon-news.com

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