10 teens rescued from lake
At 7:52 p.m. on August 10, Columbia Valley Detachment received a report that approximately 10 teens were stranded in their boat in the middle of the lake. A later call informed the detachment that a passing boat was able to tow them in. Our thanks to the person for towing the kids in. Would be interesting to know if there were 10 life jackets on board.
Minor injuries in single MVA
At 11:20 p.m. on August 9, Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a single vehicle accident on Hwy 93/95 at the intersection of Columere Road. A 31-year-old driver from Alberta had stopped the vehicle on the side of the road. As she stepped from the vehicle the 2003 Toyota Matrix began to roll back. This action resulted in minor leg injuries and minor damage to the vehicle when it backed into the ditch.
Trailer plates stolen
On August 10 a report was made of trailer plates stolen sometime in the last seven months from the 8000 block of Tamarack Street in Canal Flats.
Failure to remain at scene
At 1 p.m. on August 10, Columbia Valley Detachment received a report from an alert witness who observed a GMC Canyon vehicle back into a Nissan behind the Kootenay Savings building. The witness observed a female exit the GMC, observe the damage then depart. The damage was minor in nature. The registered owner of the GMC a 27-year-old resident of Invermere was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for failing to remain and report the accident to the police.
Fight leads to night in jail
At 2:50 a.m. on August 11, detachment members responded to a fight in front of Buds Bar. The victim of the assault did not wish to pursue charges. The other male, a 20-year -old from Invermere was arrested and lodged in cells for being drunk in a public place. The 20-year-old was released in the morning with a ticket under the Liquor Control Act for being drunk in public.
Insecure storage of weapons charge
As a result of a complaint of a male threatening to shoot animals in the 4000 block of Baillie Grohman Road in Canal Flats on August 11, police attended to a residence to investigate the threat. The investigation resulted in two rifles being seized and a 24-year-old male from Canal Flats charged with insecure storage of weapons. One rifle was found in the residence loaded. Police have also informed Children and Families.
Two vehicle accident
At 12:45 p.m. on August 11, a Columbia Valley Detachment member responded to a two-vehicle accident on Athalmer Road and Lakeview Drive. A 77-year-old male operating a vehicle was stopped on Lakeview Drive when he made a left turn not observing that a motorcycle, driven by a 46-year-old male from Windermere, was traveling up the hill. The driver of the motorcycle managed to lay down his bike but both vehicles made contact. The driver of the motorcycle received leg injuries and was taken to the Invermere and District Hospital. The 77-year-old driver of the car from Invermere was charged with failing to yield.
One in hospital following KNP crash
At 1:40 p.m. on August 11, Banff Detachment members assisted Columbia Valley Detachment when they responded to an accident on Hwy 93/95 near Glacier Bay Rest Stop in Kootenay National Park. A 2003 Volkswagen driven by a 23-year-old male from Edmonton braked to enter the rest stop and was hit from the rear by a 2006 Harley motorcycle driven by a 47-old-female from Alberta. The driver of the motorcycle was taken to Banff hospital. The investigation is continuing.
At 1:45 a.m. on August 12, a 2006 Ford Focus, driven by a 23 year old female from Invermere, was checked on 13th Street. The driver had consumed liquor. ASD demand resulted in a fail. Driver was given a 24-hour suspension.
Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, stupid me
In my early days as a Constable in Maple Ridge I found myself speaking to a number of witnesses. Just so happened in this case it was a group of what I would describe as somewhat older women. I think I would have been just a child of 23 at the time.
Along with getting your name, the police also want to get your birthday. This one elderly lady took great offence that I asked for her birthday and put the challenge back to me requesting I size her up and guess her age. Remember, 23 years old, fresh out of Regina and I take my job seriously and not to be messed with.
I took her up on the challenge and took my time to size her up and made an educated stab at getting her age, correct or close to. Remember 23, stupid with very little life skills. Not only lacking life skills but a serious lack of understanding elderly women.
I learned a valuable lesson. That day was the first and last time I took a stab at guessing a woman’s age without subtracting at least 15 years. As I have matured, gathered more life skills and police experience, I have learned that it is not just elderly women I can’t figure out, it’s women period.
Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment