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Posted: July 2, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Cpl. Grant Simpson

rcmp logo glossyColumbia Valley RCMP responded to approximately 95 calls for service over the past week. Here are just a few of them.

Upper Lakeview Road B&E

On June 25, at 10:58 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a break and enter in the 5oo block of Upper Lakeview Road, in Invermere from a property representative. The property rep. advised that the property belonged to his
mother-in-law, and that entry was gained through the front door sometime during the previous week. Entry was gained by kicking in the front door. As the residence was only used as a seasonal property nothing appeared to be missing. A partial size eight to nine foot print was observed next to the door handle by police. Photographs of scene obtained and investigation is ongoing.

Ski course upset on Munn Lake

Munn Lake
Munn Lake

On June 26, a local complainant called the Columbia Valley Detachment to report that someone “vandalized” the water ski course on Munn Lake near Wilmer. They reported that the course markers had drifted away from the course but had since been located. The complainant said he saw a kayaker out on the lake last night at 9:30 p.m.; however, he didn’t see the kayaker cutting the lines to the markers. The complainant described the kayaker as an older male, with grey shoulder length hair, unkempt. The complainant does not know who the male could be. Munn Lake is unrestricted which means that the ski course is allowed. Police believe that the person(s) responsible for dismantling the ski course may be a local who doesn’t agree with the ski course. The complainant will be re-setting the course.

Four-vehicle accident

On June 26, at 2:17 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP responded to a four-vehicle accident on Eacrett Road in Invermere.

Dispatch reported that there were no injuries. While en-route police were informed that the driver of a silver Hyundai left the scene. Police attended and located the accident on Highway 93/95, near Eacrett Road crossroads. The accident was a chain reaction between two trucks, a car, and a motorcylce.

Reports indicated that a vehicle was stopped on the highway facing southbound attempting to make a left hand turn onto Eacrett Rd. when the Alberta driver of a black 2008 GMC Sierra, heading southbound on Highway 93/95 admitted that he did not see the vehicles stopped on the road and hit the rear end of a white 2014 Ford F150, also from Alberta.

The impact pushed the Ford forward and into the rear end of a grey local 2004 Hyundai Accent. The Hyundai was then pushed forward and into the rear end of a grey 2008 Honda GL1800 motorcycle operated by an Alberta man.

A violation ticket was issued to the driver of the black GMC for following too close. The GMC sustained extensive damage to its front end and was towed by Kool Country; the Ford had a large dent at the rear and minimal damage to the front and was drivable; the motorcycle sustained damage to the left muffler and left storage area, but was able to drive away. Cst. Bell spoke to Josh McLelland who admitted he was the driver. McLelland is prohibited from driving in B.C.

Refusing to leave

On June 28, at 1:28 a.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of a refuse to leave at a local drinking establishment in Invermere.

The complainant bartender reported that the bouncer at the bar had to escort an intoxicated local male client outside the premises four times already, and according to the initial complaint, this male client was now trying to fight the bouncer. Mention of a knife had been made but was later determined to be incorrect. Upon police attendance it was learned that the client had left the one establishment and had attended to another, causing no issues. Police spoke with the bouncer, who confirmed that no assault had occurred. Police supervised the situation after speaking with the client who was with a sober friend.

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