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Posted: January 28, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmarkoshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Backup not necessary

At 12:28 a.m. on Jan. 24, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment officers responded to Panorama Mountain Village to assist Panorama security dealing with a large crowd in the bar. On attendance it was noted that security had things well in hand. The officers remained in the area to provide assistance and patrol the grounds.

Stolen truck recovered

The 1994 Ford Ranger reported stolen last week was recovered in the 7000 block of Hwy 93/95 at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Lost and found on the way to Pano

At 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 24, Columbia Valley Detachment was contacted with concerns that friends were missing and overdue arriving at Panorama Mountain Village. It was reported that the missing persons had made a phone call indicating they may have been in an accident; however, they lost phone connection. Exact location was unknown. Patrols were made on Bruce Creek Road and Toby Creek Road with negative results. Police followed single tracks in the snow on Horsethief Road and located the three missing persons near Lake Enid. Their vehicle slid off the road. A 34-year-old male and two 24-year-old males from Alberta indicated they were looking for the road to Panorama and got lost.

Vehicle returned to owner

At 9:55 a.m. on Jan. 24, Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of a vehicle being taken without consent. The 2008 Dodge Ram pickup was loaned to a friend and not returned. Police contacted the person who borrowed the vehicle and learned the person did not have a valid driver’s licence. The vehicle was returned to the owner.

Rollover under investigation

At 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, Columbia Valley Detachment responded to a single vehicle roll over involving a 1994 Ford Explorer on Kootenay #3 Road in Windermere. On attendance no one was located near the vehicle. Search of the area proved negative. Numerous inquiries in the area with residents located the passenger with minor injuries. The driver was later identified as a 48-year-old male. The investigation is continuing.

ASD fail for Olds resident

At 12:50 a.m. on Jan. 25, a 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer was noticed stopped in the oncoming lane on Panorama Drive and Summit Drive at Panorama. The driver, a 26-year-old male from Olds, Alberta, displayed signs of having consumed alcohol. An ASD demand was given at which time the driver blew a fail. His licence was suspended for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Arrest following domestic assault call

At 1:24 a.m. on Jan. 25, Columbia Valley Detachment officers responded to a domestic assault in the 4000 block of Foresters Landing Road in Radium Hot Springs. The investigation resulted in an adult male arrested for assault. Due to the males state of intoxication he was lodged in cells and released the next day with a court appearance of March 30.

Hard to locate at Panorama

At 3:20 a.m. on Jan. 25, friends reported a 25-year-old male missing and possibly wandering around Panorama Mountain Village. Friends were concerned as the male was highly intoxicated. The friend was able to get the missing male on the phone but was still unable to provide directions. Cst. Bell was provided the phone number and called the intoxicated missing male. While speaking to the male attempts were made to have him describe some landmarks. The male could be heard speaking to someone. The phone was handed over to the male he was talking to and it was determined that the person was with Panorama Security and they would ensure the person connects with his friends and off the streets.

Appreciative of the support for fallen member and force

Columbia Valley Detachment was able to send four officers to the Regimental Funeral for Cst. Wynn in St. Albert. On behalf of the members at Columbia Valley Detachment I would like to thank our community here for the cards, flowers and especially the treats dropped off at the Detachment.

We have our regular sugar suppliers but the added treats were appreciated. The day of the Regimental Funeral I attended to Village of Canal Flats in the evening to present a yearend report to Mayor and Council and observed that Mayor and Council members were wearing red to honor Cst. Wynn and the RCMP.

Fairmont Goldsmith owners, who have connections with St Albert, created a necklace with the RCMP crest and engraved Cst. Wynn’s regimental number on the back. Cst. Myers, one of the attending members did meet with the Detachment Commander in St Albert who will deliver this to Mrs. Wynn.

We have observed recently from the tragedies in Ottawa, Moncton and St. Albert that the communities we serve are a big part of the healing process for the immediate families of the fallen as well as the healing process for the larger police and military family.

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