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Author Explores the Adventures of Small-Town Policing

Posted: Friday, April 30, 2010

Author and former member of the RCMP Charles Scheideman will be visiting the Kootenays & Okanagan. Charles will talk about his time policing in the area and will sign copies of his book Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie. Charles will be at the following locations this May:

Tuesday, May 11 — Osoyoos, Greenwood & Grand Forks
12:00 Noon – Osoyoos: Dusty Cover Book Store (1831A Main St.)
2:00 pm – Greenwood: Greenwood Public Library (346 South Copper St.)
7:00 pm – Grand Forks: Grand Forks Public Library (7342 Fifth St.)

Wednesday, May 12 — Nelson, Salmo & Castlegar
11:00 am – Nelson: Otter Books (398 Baker St.)
2:00 pm – Salmo: Salmo Public Library (106 - 4th St.)
7:00 pm – Castlegar: Castlegar Public Library (1005 Third Street)

Thursday, May 13 — Trail
4:15 pm – Trail: Crockett Book Co. (109 - 8100 Rock Island Hwy)
7:00 pm – Trail: Trail & District Public Library (1051 Victoria St.)

Friday, May 14 — Creston & Cranbrook
11:00 am – Creston: Black Bear Books (131 12 Ave. N.)
2:00 pm – Cranbrook: Cranbrook Public Library (1212 - 2nd St. North)
3:00 pm – Cranbrook: Lotus Books (33 - 10th. Ave. S.)

Saturday, May 15 — Golden
2:30 pm – Golden: Golden Library (819 Park Drive)

Sunday, May 16 — Vernon & Kelowna
11:00 am – Vernon: Bookland (3400 - 30th. Ave.)
3:00 pm – Kelowna: Mosaic Books (411 Bernard Ave.)

From 1961 to 1989, RCMP Sergeant Charlie Scheideman patrolled the much of the Interior of British Columbia, including the East and West Kootenays. This collection of stories includes events that range from the ridiculous to the horrific to the tragic, including the grizzly story of the Nelson Axe Murders.

Once Scheideman stopped a car in the Fraser Canyon driven by three normally responsible American fishermen, who on this occasion were careening wildly from one guardrail to another. Their defence? They had failed to allow for the added kick of Canadian beer. His most searing memory was of waiting for the embers of a burned house to cool enough so he could retrieve the bodies of two small victims while in a nearby house, party-goers kept right on partying.

One of the most revealing accounts ever written about policing in small-town Canada, this book bristles with unforgettable stories about the author’s 27 years working on the RCMP’s front lines. It will give readers new respect for the men and women who patrol Canada’s backroads—both because of the extremely taxing work they do and the good spirit with which they do it.

Charles Scheideman grew up on a farm near Stony Plain, Alberta and joined the RCMP when he was 21, serving in seven different communities in rural British Columbia. After leaving the force in 1989, he worked for the British Columbia government in Victoria, BC, where he still lives with his wife, Patricia. This is his first book.