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Posted: August 5, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmarkoshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Golf cart issue

Drive on the road with a golf cart, be prepared to be issued a ticket for no insurance. Problem area is Lakeview Meadows and Columere Park. A 22-year-old male from Calgary was charged with consuming in public operating a golf cart over the weekend.

Small Vessel Regulation and Shipping Act

Columbia Valley RCMP handed out a number of tickets and warnings over the weekend on the lake. No operator’s licence, fail to produce boat licence and lack of proper equipment on board.

Poolside drunk

At 6:30 p.m. on July 31, a 39-year-old male from Drayton Valley was arrested for being intoxicated in public at the Copper Point Resort pool.

Rope rescue for downed hang glider

At 10 p.m. on July 31, the detachment assisted BC Ambulance near Edgewater with a downed hang glider from Golden. A 49-year-old from San Jose, Calif. suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries. Search and Rescue had to rope rescue.

Trailer infractions

At 9:30 p.m. on July 31, a 65-year-old male from Alberta was charged for failing to register a trailer and using a wrong number plate when checked on Hwy 93/95.

Drunk in public; night in cells

At 3 a.m. on August 1, a 23-year-old male from Calgary was arrested for drunk in public on 13th Street. The male spent the evening at the detachment and was released in the morning with a ticket for being drunk in public.

Hit and run

The detachment received a report of a hit and run when a 2014 Ford Edge was backed into at Kicking Horse Coffee at 12:28 p.m. on August 1. Suspect vehicle departed the scene.

Mischief on Borden Street

On August 2, a 53-year-old male was charged with mischief, throwing items onto Borden Street. The male is charged with obstruction and resist arrest when he attempted to flee. Due to his state of intoxication he was lodged in cells and released in the morning with a court date of Oct 6.

Underage drive ends in accident

At 12:19 a.m. on August 2, a 15-year-old male from High River was charged with operating a vehicle with no driver’s licence and insurance. The driver had backed into a motorcycle in the 1600 block of Sinclair in Windermere.

Helpful removal

At 2:30 a.m. on August 2, police conducted a walk-through at Buds Bar and assisted staff with removing an intoxicated 26-year-old male causing a disturbance. The male was lodged in cells and released in the morning with a ticket for drunk in public.

Passed out woman taken to hospital

At 3:40 a.m. on August 2, an intoxicated 26-year-old female was located passed out in the 700 block of 12th St. Due to the severity of her condition the female was taken to Invermere & District Hospital.

Crossroads accident

On August 2, police attended to a two-vehicle accident on Hwy 93/95 and Athalmer Road. A 2009 Acura was northbound when it turned left in front of a southbound 2013 Dodge Ram. The driver of the Acura was charged with failing to yield. Injuries were nonlife threatening.

Problem solved

At my first posting in Agassiz we had a problem with one particular family that caused us a great deal of grief.

The problem was there were five brothers who were all close in age and they had their family characteristics with their looks and whenever any of the boys had a conflict with the officers they would often use another brother’s name and birthdate.

It got to the point that when it came to our investigations, identity became a serious problem. I was fresh out of Regina and the senior constable training me (he made a good attempt), by the name of Orv, decided that there is only one way to settle this. Now you have to know Orv. He is old school and unconventional in his policing methods at times.

Orv had the reputation of being fair and his style of policing in a small community earned him a great deal of respect. Orv grabs the camera and instructs me to grab some paper and a magic marker. It just so happened that when we arrived at the house the family, including all five boys, were having dinner.

The father invites us to have dinner with them. Orv explains the situation and what our plan was. Since Orv was making the request the father agreed. Each son stood up and the father identified the son, I wrote down the name and Orv took the picture. Problem solved. Although I only worked with Orv for one year, what he taught me in that short period of time has stuck with me my entire career.

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