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Posted: December 7, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

A warmed up ride downtown

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from a driveway in the 2100 block of 13th Ave. The owner left it running for five minutes to find it gone when he went back out. The vehicle was located running unattended in front of Copper City Saloon.

Domestic assault in Invermere

At 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, police attended to a complaint of domestic assault in the 1500 block of 13th Ave. A 44-year-old male was arrested and charged with assault. The male will be appearing in Invermere Provincial Court on March 7.

Ice carries Journey onto barrier

At 5:37 p.m. on Dec. 1, police attended to a single vehicle accident at the intersection of Laurier Street and Panorama Drive. A 2011 Dodge Journey driven by a 44-year-old male from Invermere turned left onto Laurier, hitting ice and driving up onto the concrete no-post barrier.

Intoxicated18-year-old spends night in cells

At 3 p.m. on Dec. 1, police responded to a complaint of an intoxicated male near the high school. An 18-year-old male was arrested and lodged in cells for the evening. The male was provided assistance through the Ministry of Children the next morning.

Alarm check on Ruault Road

At 3:21 a.m. on Dec. 1, the detachment was advised of five alarm hits on a residence in the 2300 block of Ruault Road. Police attended and observed fresh footprints that led around the house. The footprints led down to the lake. Patrols were negative.

Two sheep killed south of village

At 7:20 p.m. on Dec. 4, two bighorn sheep were struck and killed on Hwy 93/95 south of Radium Hot Springs. No vehicle was on scene when police arrived.

Intent of text determined with visit by police

At 1:20 a.m. on Dec. 4, as a result of a harassing type text message received by a female from a male, a 38-year-old male, who was once in a relationship with the female, was visited by police to determine the extent of the interpretation of his message. The male advised that he meant no harm and would not text such messages in the future.

No injuries in single vehicle crash

At 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 4, the detachment received a report of a single vehicle accident where a vehicle went off road and into the ditch in Kootenay National Park, 10 minutes out of Radium. There were no injuries to the driver, who was picked up and driven into town. The driver will arrange a tow for the vehicle. Police attendance was not required.

Youth admits to Pip’s break in

At 2:46 a.m. on Dec. 5, as a result of an alarm, police attended to Pip’s Country Store in Edgewater and found a window smashed and entry gained into the store. A 17-year-old male from Invermere was located hiding nearby. The male admitted to breaking into the store and will be appearing in court Feb 9. Police are aware that others were involved and the investigation is continuing.

Christmas suggestion

Every year I kind of get on my soapbox and do a little preaching about ensuring you have emergency gear in the vehicle.

As a result of my job and experience over the last 40 years I have seen people unprepared for an off road emergency. I think of our young inexperienced drivers coming home for Christmas from school or a new job that involves driving a great distance; going through Kootenay National Park, where we have no cell coverage.

Many of the officers carry their own winter survival kit. There are pros and cons of having a father as a police officer. If you were to look in my son’s car he doesn’t have much room in his trunk for luggage given the number of boring Christmas gifts Dad insists he has.

He rolls his eyes. You never know. He may not need it but if he comes upon an emergency he can be of assistance. First aid, warm cloths, shovel, tools, sand bags, safety triangles/flares, high visibility vest, water, flashlight, tow cable, hand/foot warmers, battery cables/booster. Last year it was a tire inflator.

Think of it this way; a gift for your loved one and a gift of sense of wellbeing for yourself. And as I suggested in the past if the kid is still living at home, leave enough room in his vehicle so he/she can pack and leave home.


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