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Posted: May 7, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, April 29 through May 5, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 62 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.

Two-vehicle crash in Athalmer

On April 29, at approximately 1:30 p.m., RCMP responded to a two-vehicle collision on Panorama Drive and Industrial Road 1 in Invermere. The driver of a Honda Accord indicated he was making a left turn onto Industrial Road 1 and failed to yield for an oncoming GMC pickup. Neither driver was injured. The driver of the Honda was issued a violation ticket for failing to yield on a left turn.

Police continue to investigate suspicious van

On April 30, at 10 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP was advised of a suspicious Dodge Caravan that had been parked on Park Drive East and St. Joseph Street in Radium Hot Springs since Friday night. Another witness recalled seeing individuals loading items from the van into a dark coloured Chevrolet truck then quickly departing. The Dodge Caravan, confirmed to be stolen out of Alberta, was forensically examined for evidence. Police continue to investigate and are asking anyone with information to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP.

Truck stolen from Industrial Park

On May 1 the owner of a black 2007 Toyota Tundra with B.C. license plate NA1857 reported his pickup had been stolen from an auto repair shop on Industrial Road # 2 in Invermere sometime between April 26 and May 1. The truck has not yet been located.

Ticket coming for driver who failed to stop for school bus

On May 2 police received a report that a black SUV had failed to stop for a school bus that had its flashing lights and stop sign activated on Highway 93/95 and Wagon Wheel Road on April 11. A license plate along with sufficient evidence for charges was obtained. The registered owner of the vehicle will be served a violation ticket for failing to stop for a school bus with lights activated.

Early morning window smashing thieves pinch beef jerky and lighters

On May 3, at 4:30 a.m., police were dispatched to an alarm at the Gas Plus gas station in Fairmont Hot Springs. Police discovered a large rock had been thrown through the front glass doors. Video surveillance showed two tall, slim males with hoodies over their heads enter the business. The males took beef jerky and lighters from the store and departed within 10 seconds. One of the males was wearing a multi-colour striped hoodie. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP.

Man charged with possession of a weapon

On May 3 police located and arrested a 28-year-old male in Invermere for several outstanding warrants. Upon searching the male, police located a canister of bear spray in his waistband. In this case there was no reason to believe the bear spray was for protection from wildlife. Police recommended a charge of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. The male was brought before a Justice and released for court at a later date.

24-hour driving prohibition follows Brisco crash

On May 4, at about 5:30 p.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Brisco Road in Brisco. The responding officer located a black GMC Yukon in a ditch. The driver had departed the scene but later returned to the vehicle. The officer noted signs of alcohol impairment on the driver and issued him a 24-hour driving prohibition.

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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