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Posted: June 25, 2019

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, June 17 through June 23, Columbia Valley RCMP officers responded to 83 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files to which our officers responded.

Tools and equipment stolen from national park work site

On Monday, June 17, a theft was reported from a construction site near Marble Lake in Kootenay National Park. Several thousand dollars’ worth of construction tools and equipment were stolen from the worksite sometime between June 16 and June 17. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbia Valley RCMP.

No injuries in two-vehicle collision

On Monday, June 17, at about 1 p.m., a two-vehicle collision occurred on Highway 93/95 and Bench Road in Windermere. A BMW 335i had been struck from behind by a Ford Escape. No injuries were reported. The driver of the Ford Escape was issued a violation ticket for following too closely.

Argument twixt neighbours results in assault, arrest

On Tuesday, June 18, at about 5 p.m., police were called to a disturbance between two men at a residence off Highway 93/95 north of Invermere. Two neighbours had been involved in an argument which escalated into an assault. One adult male was arrested for assault and uttering threats and released the following morning on conditions.

RV Resort fire not considered suspicious

On Wednesday, June 19, at 6:15 a.m. police received a report of a shed on fire at the Canyon RV Resort in Radium Hot Springs. An employee awoke to find an equipment storage shed on fire. Fire fighters were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to nearby trees. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it is not considered suspicious.

Car vandalized

On Sunday, June 23, a resident on Kootenay #3 Road in Windermere reported her 1998 Volkswagen Beetle had been vandalized and the owner suspected someone had kicked the car. Police continue to investigate.

Warning issued for unsafe pass as witness declines to attend court

On Sunday, June 23, at about 10 p.m., police received a report of a commercial transport truck passing unsafely on Highway 93/95 near Windermere. An officer located the truck and after speaking to the driver, issued the driver a warning for the unsafe pass. When driving complaints are received and they’re not witnessed by a police officer, the witness will be asked if they’re prepared to attend court. If the witness does not wish to attend court to defend a violation ticket and there is no other evidence to support a violation ticket, the responding officer will generally issue a warning to the offending driver.

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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