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Posted: September 9, 2014

High beams help motorcyclist into ditch

ssgtmarkoshehovacColumbia Valley RCMP Report

By S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment received a complaint of a single vehicle accident when a ‘96 Kawasaki motorcycle was located in the ditch one kilometere north of Numa Falls in Kootenay National Park at 9:10 a.m. on Sept. 6. Police attended the area, located the bike upright on its kickstand but no persons in the area or signs of any serious injuries. It was later determined when the owner, an 18-year-old male from Alberta, was contacted that the accident happened the night before when he met a vehicle with high beams on and he lost sight of the curve.  The driver received no injuries.

Cash stolen from safe

At 10 a.m. on Sept. 5, Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of a small safe containing cash that was stolen from an unlocked residence on 12th Street, Invermere. The victim believes that the person who entered the residence was aware of the location of the safe and frequents the residence.  Anyone with information is requested to contact the detachment.

Mother bear and cubs seen near Kinsmen Beach

This is the time of year that the Detachment and Conservation officers receive sightings of bears coming closer into town with potential contact with people.  A mama bear and two cubs were seen near 7th Avenue and Kinsmen Beach at

Vague threat leads to eviction

The detachment was contacted at 1:33 p.m. on Sept. 6 concerning a complaint of a threat and a male refusing to depart a motel. After discussion with the police it was determined that the threat was vague in nature and not sufficient for any criminal charges. Male was evicted without incident.

Backpack stolen at Lussier

Columbia Valley Detachment received a complaint of theft of a backpack that was stolen from Lussier Hot Springs, located off Whiteswan Forest Service Road on Aug 30.

Leaving the bar drinking no-no

A 19-year-old female from Nelson was observed by officers exiting Buds Bar at 2:12 a.m. on Sept. 6 with a glass in her hand consuming liquor in public. The female was charged with consuming liquor in public.

Mischief charges for Cranbrook and Calgary men

A group of males were observed damaging the drive thru sign at A&W at 10:32 p.m. on Sept. 6.  Employees were able to describe in detail two of the males observed doing the damage. Police attended and located a group of six adults walking away from the area. Employees were able to identify a 39-year-old male from Cranbrook and a 21-year-old male from Calgary as being responsible. The males when questioned admitted responsibility. Charges of mischief were laid against the males.

Parental justice for firecracker lighting, school roof rompers

On Sept. 7, the detachment received a complaint of males on the roof of Windermere Elementary School as well as firecrackers being lit. Attendance by police located the three males who had a small amount of liquor on their possession. The youths were spoken to and driven home to their parents where police were informed parental justice would be administered.


One of the many activities we do as police officers throughout our career is interview and interrogate. We normally deal with witnesses or suspects. I have always encouraged people that if you have the opportunity, videotape an interview with your parents or grandparents to get their history before it’s too late.

Even better, conspire with them and do it in secrecy and make it a gift. Fourteen years ago I sat down and interviewed my father capturing it on video. Our agreement was to not release the tape until he passed on. His final gift to his daughters and grandchildren.

He discussed his childhood life prior to the war, and his experience during the war and in prison camp. He then moved on to his movements that eventually got him to Canada.  He was 77 at the time and able to clearly communicate.

The last two years he was not able to communicate or make himself understood.  Last week, at 91, he passed away. I brought the interview with me and explained to my sisters what we had done. For over an hour I sat back and watched in amazement their reaction and waited for their critique of my interview technique. Three sisters, I’m often critiqued!

The last portion of the interview I had asked my father knowing that this would be viewed after his passing, what message he had for his grandchildren and daughters? He was able to pass on his words of wisdom and wishes for his family. Do it, you won’t regret it.

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