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Posted: July 8, 2014

Seasonal silliness continues in valley

ssgtmarkoshehovacColumbia Valley RCMP Report

By S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Speeder can’t handle car; ends up in ditch in KNP

At 10:20 a.m. on July 5, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment members responded to a single vehicle accident on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park. A 2014 Mitsubishi, operated by a 20-year-old male from Red Deer, Alberta, was observed to be operating and passing cars at a high speed. The vehicle lost control on a curve and ended up in the ditch. No injuries to the driver. The male was charged with driving without due care and attention.

Mountain bike turned in

A men’s Blackjack mountain bike was turned into the Detachment on July 3.

Accident on Toby Creek Road

RCMP received a report of a single vehicle accident at 9:41 p.m. on July 4 involving a 2005 Nissan Altima that was travelling on Toby Creek Road to Panorama when a deer jumped out in front of the vehicle. The driver was not injured; damage to the vehicle was about $3,000.

Coyotes spook cyclist

At 1:04 a.m. on July 5, a 53-year-old male bicyclist while operating his bike on Highway 93/95 near Dry Gulch could hear coyotes howling. The male did not wish to proceed and contacted the detachment for assistance. An officer contacted a taxi ride for the male.

Unwanted guest

At 1:43 a.m. on July 5, Columbia Valley Detachment attended to a complaint of an unwanted guest in a residence in the 900 block of 4th Ave.  A 46-year-old female from Alberta was assisted and driven to a local hotel.

Drunks in public

At 2:30 a.m. on July 5, a 32-year-old male from Calgary was found to be highly intoxicated near Bud’s Bar. The male was found to be in possession of property belonging to the bar. The property was returned and the male was lodged in cells.  He was released the next day with a ticket for being drunk in public.

During this same event a second male associated to the 32-year-old male from Fort Saskatchewan interjected and was informed to leave the area. The 39-year-old male failed to depart after numerous requests and due to his state of intoxication joined his friend in cells. He was also given a ticket for drunk in public.

Town drinker

At 11 p.m. on July 5, a 28-year-old male from Calgary was charged with consuming liquor in public in town and issued a ticket for consuming in public.

Temporary home for tipsy Calgarian

On July 6, while on foot patrol in the early hours at bar closing time, a 27-year-old male from Calgary was found to be intoxicated. When asked where home was the male responded he didn’t know. Detachment members provided him with a temporary home.

Cram the Cruiser

The Columbia Valley Food Nank along with Cram the Cruiser will be at Home Hardware collecting food items and donations for our Food Bank during Valley Appreciation weekend July 19 starting at 10 a.m. Since the Pynelogs Arts and Cultural Society declared me to be a celebrity I will do my best to be there to collect your food and donations with the volunteers for the first few hours.

Speaking of Pynelogs, I handed in my masterpiece and it can be seen on display at Pynelogs in preparation for their 100th year celebration coming up July 19. I had a sneak preview; some nice artwork.

What are you trying to tell me?

There are numerous events over the summer that I like to beef up patrols and have a little extra manpower.

Seems like every weekend there is something on the go. This last weekend saw a huge influx of motorcycle enthusiasts descend on the valley. A very small percentage who come to enjoy this event are certainly of interest to us and we take advantage of the opportunity to interact with many of the groups.

I explained to the wife that as much as I wanted to spend quality time with her this last weekend I felt I needed to be on the road. She made the comment that the small group that I was interested in, from her observations, appeared to be old, gray haired, beer bellied and couldn’t out race anyone if their life depended on it.

I quickly did a self-inventory and reminded her that I beat Ben Oliver, Sheila and Stuart’s grandson fair and square in a legally sanctioned foot race last year.

The above photograph depicts this historic moment as proof. Sorry Ben for bringing up this embarrassing moment in your life, but given her almost accurate description of me, I had to once again prove her wrong.

I will instruct the newspaper to destroy the evidence and you will never see it again.  Sheila, I will leave you my contact number. Let me know when the reception is for his wedding!

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