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Posted: July 2, 2013

Coroner takes custody of Kpokl skull

rcmplogoColumbia Valley RCMP Report

At 6:49 p.m. on June 19, a citizen walking her dog in the area of Kpokl Road contacted the Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment advising that while walking though a construction project she came upon a human skull.

Detachment members responded and confirmed that it was a human skull that appeared to have been unearthed in the area of the construction project. Cranbrook RCMP Identification section and the Coroner’s Office consulted with an anthropologist and Odontologist and were able to determine that the skull was historical and not what was referred to as contemporary.

As a result the coroner took custody of the skull and the investigation is now with being followed up under the B.C. Heritage Conservation Act to determine the skull’s origin.

Men rescued after washout past Whiteswan

At 2:41 a.m. on June 20, Columbia Valley Detachment became involved with a number of emergency agencies in assisting with the flood issues experienced in Fairmont Hot Springs and Dutch Creek. An evacuation order was given to the residences and RV trailer park off Hwy 93/95 at Dutch Creek. While monitoring the flood issues in town police were informed of two adult forestry workers trapped near Whiteswan Lake/Middle Fork road due to a portion of a road being taken. Search and Rescue were contacted and managed to use the helicopter that was surveying the flood to pick up and remove the men from the area.

Athalmer B&E

On June 20, Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of break and enter to a residence on Borden Street in Athalmer. This occurred between June 17 and June 20. Entry was gained by breaking into a door. Damage was done in the house as well as the theft of TV, speakers, an Apple computer, money and a number of fossils the owner was collecting. Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment.

Jogging teenager approached by stranger

Columbia Valley Detachment was advised of a complaint where a young girl running on 13th Avenue was approached by a male operating a dark blue, full sized four door vehicle on June 21. The driver slowed down and yelled over to the female and gestured for the young girl to come to his car. The 14-year-old continued to run to a family member’s residence and called her mother. Police were informed of this and made patrols. The vehicle is believed to have B.C. plates. The male driver is described as a white male between 25-30 years of age. The male was not wearing a shirt and had numerous tattoos on his arms and chest. Anyone that may have information in regard to this incident is requested to contact the detachment.

Interfering Calgarian jailed

At 2:30 a.m. on June 22, while dealing with a disturbance in front of Bud’s Bar involving two men, a third male, age 32 from Calgary, who was intoxicated, decided he wished to interfere with the police. For his troubles the male was arrested and lodged in cells when he declined to take instructions to leave the area.

Zonked Edmontonian jailed

At 4:15 p.m. on June 22, a 51-year-old male from Edmonton was found intoxicated and passed out in the 1000 block of Capillo Way. He was arrested for drunk in public and lodged in cells.

Citizens on Patrol

Volunteers have come forward in Radium and will be starting Patrols during the weekend of June 29-30.

Warped or what!

If there is one thing that police work has done to me over several years is to develop, at times, a dark, warped sense of humor. We keep it to ourselves. However, every now and then it slips out to my normal friends and they get worried for me.

One day while bored with reviewing files I decided to speak from the grave. Some of our files, depending on the crime, will have a shelf life of 70-90 years before they could be destroyed. While working in Golden a few years ago I was reviewing one particular file I concluded that would now sit in our file room for eventual destruction in 70 years or more. The review of the file and my comments would be the first page some officer will also review before destroying the file.

So I decided, what the hell. The page this officer will review in the distant future goes like this; “ hello, my name is Cpl Marko Shehovac and by the time you read this I’m dead. Thought I would just chat with you.” I then proceeded to let this future Mountie know about my history growing up, when I joined the RCMP and some of my postings. At the end I wished this future Mountie all the best in his/her career. This will either cause the Mountie in question to visit a doctor or it will be an interesting topic of discussion at the dinner table.

My vision is he/she would Google my name, get my picture and call the surrounding officers to try to explain to them that this is the guy that just talked to him/her from the grave. At times I even worry about myself.

(Above image illustrative only.)

ssgtmarkoshehovacS/Sgt. Marko Shehovac,

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment


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