Snooping dog causes firearm incident

A 77-old-year man was arrested for pointing a firearm and making threats to a dog owner at the Ross Lake campground in Ross River last Saturday.

A 77-old-year man was arrested for pointing a firearm and making threats to a dog owner at the Ross Lake campground in Ross River last Saturday.

“The dog was out and about in the campground and allegedly getting into things, or it was thought he would get into things,” said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Don Rogers.

That’s when an agitated Hans Blankenburg picked up his long gun and confronted the owner, a resident of Ross River who was visiting the campground with his family.

The resident reported the incident to the RCMP two days later.

When the police located Blankenburg at the campsite, he failed to co-operate and backup was called.

Blankenburg was eventually arrested and was released on recognizance to appear in court in Ross River on September 2.

He is charged with pointing a firearm, uttering threats and unsafe storage of a firearm. (James Munson)

Woman dies in rollover

A Whitehorse woman was found dead in an overturned vehicle on Wednesday afternoon after highway workers noticed skid marks on the North Klondike Highway.

Marie John, 41, lost control of her 1998 Ford Contour and rolled down a steep embankment two kilometres north of the Fox Lake Campground.

Department of Highways employees came upon the crash around 3 p.m.

It’s believed John was in the upside down vehicle “for a couple of hours,” said RCMP spokesperson Don Rogers.

But until the coroner completes an autopsy, the exact cause and time of death can’t be determined, he said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Whitehorse RCMP. (James Munson)

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