Head-on wrecks and other tales
Another exciting week on the North Fork! Not all bad, but certainly at least two negative events.
I have been expecting a major car accident all summer. With no traffic control, more and more tourist traffic, increased speeds and more dust, a car crash seemed inevitable.
This week it happened. Two vehicles met head on a short distance north of Polebridge. Both vehicles were totaled according to witnesses but luckily no one was
killed. Without a doubt, speed was involved and possibly alcohol on the part of one of the drivers.
One person was transported to the hospital with possible broken ribs and other occupants seemed to be OK. The Highway Patrol and local North Fork Patrol members and I think Sheriffs’ deputy responded as well as wreckers and ambulance. The accident occurred about 8:30 Saturday evening so the aftermath continued into the wee hours. The investigation continues and alcohol charges may follow.
Second negative event was the third burglary reported this summer. The first involved the theft of a generator, the second theft of guns but the third was the biggest of all.
The house was entered either with a key or the thief was able to open one door that had only a doorknob lock. Inside they found keys to the gate and shop, which gave them access to everything on the property.
After looting the house and shop, they relocked everything so that there was no sign of a break-in and it was not discovered
until the owners came from out of state.
Stolen were three wheel ATVs with trailer, several firearms as well as other items.
All of the break-ins have been reported to the Sheriffs’ Office and their investigations are continuing. The North Fork Landowners’ offers a reward of $500 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any these criminals.
Of course, with scattered, mostly isolated cabins, locks are not totally effective in preventing illegal entry. Creeps have all too much privacy to break in and steal. Game cameras do not stop burglars but they may well lead to them being caught. High quality cameras are pretty much affordable even taking good infrared pictures at night.
I know it is not always possible, but try not to leave valuables—especially firearms—in your cabin if you are leaving for any length of time. Remember, a burglar will probably have hours to search your property for hidden valuables.
Larry Wilson's North Fork Views appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.