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Posted: September 30, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmarkoshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Canada Revenue phone scam

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment continues to receive reports of aggressive callers identifying themselves as Canada Revenue and demanding payment for overdue tax and threatening people with jail time and police involvement. Hang up or entertain them just do not send any money. Seem to be targeting the elderly.

Items stolen at Edgewater

In preparation for a trip, a person in Edgewater Sept. 25 placed out a soccer tent, black suitcase containing a Black Dell Studio laptop, bench and two bags on the side of the road. The items were taken. Complainant observed two pickup trucks in the area at the time.

Beer stolen at Panorama

On Sept. 25, Panorama Mountain Resort reported a break and enter at the Great Hall where a large quantity of beer was stolen. Beer consisted mostly of Heineken and Corona. Investigation is continuing.

Impaired charge for visitor; officer threatened by local

At 1 a.m. on Sept. 26, a Columbia Valley Detachment officer checked a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe in Radium Hot Springs. The driver displayed signs of being impaired resulting in a 34-year-old male from Edmonton blowing a fail on an ASD resulting in a 90-day driving prohibition and a 30-day vehicle impound. During this investigation a 34-year-old male from Windermere made a verbal threat towards the police officer. This male was arrested and will be appearing in Invermere Provincial court on Nov. 30.

Stolen iPhone

At 10:10 a.m. on Sept. 26, the detachment received a report of a stolen iPhone 6 from the Radium area.

Noisy and unruly at Panorama

At 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 26, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment officers attended to Panorama Mountain Resort to assist Panorama security with a noisy party in the 1800 block of Grey Wolf Drive. Police were met with belligerent group of people. One male, however, did step forward in attempts to cooperate. Three and half hours later the detachment was called to return by one of the occupants concerning an unruly guest. Police at the time had a more urgent matter on their hands and did not attend.

Impaired and unlawfully in residence

Columbia Valley Detachment Sept. 28 responded to a complaint of a 50-year-old female being unlawfully in a residence. The investigation resulted in the arrest of the intoxicated female. The circumstances of the incident resulted in the suspect being cautioned on her actions.

Impaired and refusing to leave

On Sept. 27, police attended to a residence in the 4000 block of Luxor Station Road in Brisco in regard to an intoxicated female refusing to leave a residence. A 56-year-old female from Radium was arrested and lodged in cells for the evening. No charges were requested.

Pedal to the metal

There are a number of reasons an officer will respond to a scene with lights and siren given the urgency/nature of the call.

There have been a number of occasions during my career where the call for help was from a fellow officer. Many times the emergency is such that the officer calling for help only has time to make the call for back up then you lose communication.

One such call happened in the Lower Mainland when I was training a recruit fresh out of Regina. The recruit is driving and not responding as fast as I wished him to respond. When an officer calls for backup and you no longer have communication with that officer, there is a sense of urgency and concern.

It is one of the few times I will push the limit of my driving, bearing in mind public safety. After the second request to the recruit to speed things up and not getting the desired response I wanted, from the passenger seat I stomped my foot on the recruit’s foot and pressed down on the gas instructing him to steer.

When I look back at that incident and analyze it with my new found wisdom that comes with experience (age!), it is important to acknowledge that I also was young and stupid at one time. The final outcome however was a good one.

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