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Posted: July 7, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmarkoshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Cram the Cruiser

Many thanks. For the July 1 parade we picked up some food but wow, we raised over $800.

Scam alert

We are continuing to get a number of reports of people phoning in identifying themselves as Canada Revenue and demanding immediate payment or go to jail. For those who have elderly people who you are caring for, please chat with them about these scams.

Dogs being left alone in the heat

The detachment is getting numerous calls from concerned citizens of dogs being tied up or left alone in cars in the heat.

Roll over as driver dodges bear

Police received a report of a single vehicle roll over at 2:42 p.m. on July 3 of a 2000 GMC Yukon on Kootenay River Forestry Road near Canal Flats. The driver advised she attempted to avoid a bear.

Hit and run in Radium

At 11:40 p.m. on July 3, the detachment received a complaint of hit and run when a blue pickup truck on E Main Road in Radium Hot Springs backed up into a motorcycle with two occupants from Edmonton. The bike fell causing minor injuries. With information provided the investigation remains open.

Westside drunk naps in cell

At 2 a.m. on July 3, a highly intoxicated female was reported seen near a bridge on Westside Road. Patrols resulted in locating an intoxicated 36-year-old female from Winnipeg. The female was arrested and lodged in cells and released the next morning with a violation ticket for being drunk in public.

Domestic assault charge

At 2:41 a.m., as a result of a complaint of a domestic assault in the area of Black Forest Trail complex, a 53-year-old male was arrested and released on a Promise to Appear for Invermere court Sept 8.

Fairmont hit and run

A minor fender bender at Spruce Grove Campground in Fairmont Hot Springs was reported at 10:36 p.m. on July 5. It was learned that a parked 2007 Volkswagen was backed into by a 2003 Ford pickup. No injuries to anyone and minor damage to the vehicle. Due to other priority calls the owners were requested to simply exchange licence and vehicle particulars and report the accident to their insurance company.

Airlifted to Calgary with non life threatening injuries

At 12:40 p.m. on July 5, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment and ambulance attended to a single vehicle accident involving an ‘82 Yamaha motorcycle driven by a 49-year-old male from Calgary. Witnesses advised that the motorcycle had passed a vehicle, entered back into the eastbound lane and lost control ending up in the ditch. Speed was not a factor. The injured male was airlifted by Stars to Foothills Hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Non verbal communication

In the police world under certain circumstances we may at times respond to an incident where we don’t want our presence to be heard, therefore we will revert to hand signals.

Many of our specialized sections such as the Emergency Response Team train in hand signals. Precise, clear and easily understood.

Bev and I are still trying to master this technique when it comes to hitching the truck to the boat trailer. Bev still needs some work.

The other day while backing up I was shocked to observe that Bev knows sign language. I turned back to see who she might be talking to. I have been accused of being deaf at times and realized she is somehow communicating with me.

Although not deaf, I have mastered selective hearing; catch every 10 words and I have enough of what is being said to me that when challenged with “what did I just say?” I can repeat enough to convince her I was listening.

Her hand signals seem to be precise, no doubt clear as I can see all the movements, just not easily understood. No need to seek counseling to determine the strength of your relationship, just buy a boat.

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