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Posted: September 1, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, August 24 through August 30, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 101 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

2020 F150 stolen from Windermere home

On Monday, August 24, a grey 2020 Ford F150 was reported stolen from a residence on Lakeview Meadows Close in Windermere sometime overnight. Anyone who may have video surveillance of the area is urged to review their video footage to determine if any suspicious activities were captured.

Array of valuables stolen from vehicle in Invermere

On Monday, August 24, the owner of a Volkswagen Jetta reported a theft from his vehicle sometime overnight. The vehicle was parked in the 900 block of Copper Point Way in Invermere. Items stolen included a Camelback backpack, Oakley sunglasses, a Microsoft Surface laptop, keys, Bluetooth speaker and a Nike bag. Residents are reminded to remove all valuables from their vehicles and lock their doors.

Missing luggage returned to owner

On Monday, August 24, a visitor reported a piece of their luggage fell off their vehicle on Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park and the owner didn’t realize it was missing until they were some distance away. An officer conducted a patrol of the highway and located the missing bag, which was returned to its grateful owner.

Illegal driver’s vehicle impounded; ticketed and court appearance to come

On Monday, August 24 at about 10:30 p.m., an officer was conducting patrols on Highway 93/95 near Invermere when he stopped a Chevrolet Cobalt with an inactive license plate. The driver was not able to produce a driver’s license or registration for the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle was impounded and the driver was served an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date in relation to driving while suspended. The driver also received violation tickets for no insurance and misuse of plates.

Rave cancelled after organizer educated

On Friday, August 28, Columbia Valley RCMP received reports of a rave that was to occur on Crown land off Horsethief Creek Road. Officers were able to identify and speak to the organizer of the event. After educating the organizer on the Land Act, Wildfire Act and COVID-19 Related Measures Act, the organizer agreed to voluntarily cancel the event.

Road check nets six catches and several warnings

On Friday, August 28, from about 10:45 p.m. to 1 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP and East Kootenay Traffic Services set up a road check on Athalmer Road and Lakeview Drive in Invermere. During the course of the road check officers issued a pair of three-day Immediate Roadside Driving Prohibitions, a 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and a court appearance notice to a driver who was found to be a suspended driver. Officers also issued one violation ticket for no driver’s license and several warnings for Motor Vehicle Act violations.

Pair rescued from overturned canoe in Columbia Lake

On Saturday, August 29 at about 3:15 p.m., emergency crews responded to a report of an overturned canoe on Columbia Lake. Windermere Fire, Canal Flats Fire, Search & Rescue and BC Ambulance Service responded. A 27-year-old male and 25-year-old female from Alberta were rescued from their overturned canoe and transported to the hospital to be assessed for hypothermia. Both individuals were fortunately wearing life jackets.

Helmetless passenger produces problems for operator

On Saturday, August 29, an officer observed a motorcyclist carrying a passenger without a helmet on Black Forest Trail near Invermere. The officer conducted a traffic stop and spoke to the operator who was found to be a prohibited driver. The operator was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date for driving while prohibited.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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