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Author Charles Scheideman has More Small-Town Police Stories to Share


Posted: June 8, 2011


Former RCMP Sergeant and author of Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie, Charles Scheideman, is back with more hilarious, tragic and outrageous stories from his twenty-seven years of patrolling the small communities of the interior of British Columbia.

Charles will give events for his new collection of police stories, Tragedy on Jackass Mountain: More Stories from a Small-Town Mountie, at the following locations:

  • Kelowna: Signing at Mosaic Books (located at 411 Bernard Avenue) on Monday, June 20 from 4pm to 6pm.
    Contact: 250 763-4418
  • Osoyoos: Talk and book signing at the Dusty Cover Bookstore (located at the corner of 72nd Ave. and Main St.) on Tuesday, June 21 at 12 noon.
    Contact: 250 485-2155
  • Castlegar: Talk and book signing at the Castlegar & District Library (located at 1005 3rd Street) on Tuesday, June 21 at 7pm.
    Contact: 250 365-6611
  • Trail: Signing at The Crockett Book Company (located at 109 8100 Rock Island Hwy) on Wednesday, June 22 from 10am to 11am. Contact: 250 364-1123
  • Nelson: Signing at Otter Books (located at 398 Baker St.) on Wednesday, June 22 from 2pm to 4pm.
    Contact: 250 352-3434.
  • Salmo:     Talk and book signing at the Salmo Public Library (located at 106 - 4th Street) on Wednesday, June 22 at 7pm.
    Contact: 250 357-2312
  • Creston: Signing at Black Bear Books (located at 1013 Canyon Street) on Thursday, June 23 from 10am to 11am.
    Contact: 250 428-2711
  • Cranbook: Talk and book signing at Lotus Books (located at 33 - 10th Avenue South) on Thursday, June 23 from 2pm to 4pm.
    Contact: 250 426-3415
  • Radium Hot Springs: Talk and book signing at the Radium Hot Springs Public Library (located on Friday, June 24 at 7pm.
    Contact: 250-347-2434
  • Nakusp: Talk and book signing at the Nakusp Public Library (located at 92 6th Avenue NW on Saturday, June 25 at 4pm.
    Contact: 250-265-3363
  • Vernon: Talk and book signing at Bookland (located at 100 3400 30th Ave) on Sunday, June 26 from 10:30am to 12 noon.
    Contact: 250 545-1885
  • Kamloops: Book signing at Costco (located at 1675 Versatile Drive) on Sunday, June 26 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm.
    Contact: (250) 374-5336


Charles’ first police posting was in Nelson in 1962. His new book is full of characters such as the Freedomites who attacked the power poles and railway tracks between Castlegar, Nelson and Slocan City with dynamite to “separate themselves from all worldly things,” and ended up burning down their own shack-village in Krestova. Or the lone officer who took on three legendary hard-fighting drunks, earning him the respect of the citizens of Prince George, including the louts he single-handedly flattened. Here too are stories conveying the sad truth and tragic consequences of all-too-common alcohol abuse, such as when an innocent man survived an alcohol-induced multi-vehicle accident on Jackass Mountain—twice—only to be taken by a determined Grim Reaper as he aided another motorist. Scheideman illustrates that “fate looks after some of us” in another story where the extremely drunk driver and passengers of a violent single car accident miraculously survive.

This book bristles with unforgettable stories about the author’s twenty-seven years working on the RCMP’s front lines and leaves the reader with renewed admiration and wonder for the men and women who uphold the law in some of BC’s more lawless regions.

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.

These free events were made possible with help from the Canada Council for the Arts.