Drunk drivers, armed robberies, moose accidents and a fire

It was anything but a dull past 24 hours for the police and firefighters in the St. John's area.

Police, emergency responders punch busy shifts on northeast Avalon

Police say the interior of this house at 121 Park Ave. in Mount Pearl was extensively damaged by fire on Saturday. There were no injuries and no word on the cause of the fire. (Mark Quinn/CBC)

It was anything but a dull past 24 hours for the police and firefighters in the St. John's area.

Emergency responders had their hands full dealing with drunk drivers, armed robberies, moose accidents, and a house fire.

Police say someone tried to rob the Marie's Mini-Mart on Brookfield Road shortly before 11 p.m., but the clerk kept the door locked and the suspect fled on foot empty-handed. About four hours later, and a short distance away, the North Atlantic gas station on Topsail Road, near the Village Mall, was held up. The suspect in that heist got away with cash and no arrests have been made.

Investigators are reviewing video evidence to determine if the two incidents are connected. They believe a get-away vehicle may have been nearby since a police dog was unable to pick up a scent.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary charged three men with impaired driving; two in Mount Pearl and one in the downtown area of St. John's. One of the men was also charged with assault.

Meanwhile, a 38-year-old woman was pulled over and found to be driving with no insurance, no licence, and owing about $5,000 in outstanding fines. Her vehicle was impounded.

Two moose down

There were also two moose-vehicle collisions on the northeast Avalon. The first occurred on the Outer Ring Road near the Team Gushue turnoff shortly before 10 p.m., with the second only 10 minutes later on the Torbay bypass road. There were no serious injuries to the drivers or passengers, but both animals were killed.

And a Mount Pearl home was extensively damaged by fire Saturday night. Police said no one was in the house at 121 Park Ave. at the time, and there's no word on the cause of the fire.

Meanwhile, RCMP in Labrador charged two Sheshatshiu men with impaired driving within 15 minutes of each other on Saturday.

A 39-year-old man was stopped and charged en route to Happy Valley-Goose shortly before 5 p.m. The second arrest involved a 27-year-old man near the school in Sheshatshiu.

Police said both men had about twice the legal limit of alcohol in their systems.