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Posted: December 21, 2020

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, December 14 through December 20, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 51 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files to which our officers responded.

Abandoned mountain bike turned into detachment

On Tuesday, December 15, an abandoned mountain bike was turned into the Columbia Valley Detachment. The bicycle was found in the 1200 block of 7th Avenue in Invermere. Anyone missing a bicycle can contact the detachment with a description of his or her bicycle.

Prohibited driver caught behind wheel with no insurance and wrong plate fixed

On Wednesday, December 16, an officer was conducting traffic enforcement in Radium Hot Springs when he observed a Ford Escape with plates that did not match the vehicle. Queries of the driver revealed she was a prohibited driver and had an arrest warrant for driving while prohibited. The driver was issued a violation ticket for no insurance and wrong number plate and released on an appearance notice to attend court at a later date in relation to the arrest warrant and driving while prohibited. The vehicle was impounded for seven days.

Man arrested at Panorama for causing disturbance

On Friday, December 18 at 10 p.m. police were called for a disturbance at Panorama Mountain Resort. An intoxicated male had reportedly assaulted a male then began threatening security staff. Officers attended and arrested a 28-year-old male for uttering threats. The male was held in cells until sober and released on conditions to attend court at a later date.

Snowmobile and trailer reported stolen from Panorama

On Friday, December 18, a snowmobile and trailer were reported stolen from Panorama Mountain Resort. The sled and trailer were last seen in a parkade on December 15. The snowmobile was a black 2016 Ski-Doo with Saskatchewan plate 912NW and the trailer was a 1993 utility trailer with Saskatchewan license plate 292LXX.

Cabin broken into at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

On Friday, December 18, a break and enter was reported to a cabin at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. An officer conducted a scene examination and located visible signs of forced entry. Missing were household items including kitchen supplies, linens and a TV. Evidence was seized from the scene for a forensic examination.

Impaired driver stopped in Invermere

On Friday, December 18 at about 11 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Ford F150 on 12th Avenue in Invermere. A roadside breath demand was read to the driver who initially refused to provide a sample of his breath. The driver was arrested for failing to comply with a roadside breath demand at which time he decided to provide a sample. The driver blew a “fail” and as a result, he was issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30-days.

Vehicle stopped in Windermere had plate stolen from Cranbrook

On Sunday, December 20 at about 10:30 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Dodge Journey on Subdivision Road in Windermere. The license plate attached to the vehicle was reported stolen out of Cranbrook on December 19. The driver was issued an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date and she was also issued a violation ticket for no insurance, no driver’s license and wrong number plate.

Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander


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