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Posted: August 23, 2021

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

By Sgt. Darren Kakuno

This past week, August 15 through August 22, Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 81 calls for service. The following is a summary of some of the files our officers responded to.

Driver ticketed for operating a vehicle while in personal possession of cannabis

On Sunday, August 15 at about 1 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop with a Ford Escape on 10th Avenue in Invermere. While speaking to the driver, the officer noticed a sandwich bag with what appeared to be cannabis bud hanging out of the driver’s pocket. The cannabis was seized and the driver was issued a violating ticket for operating a vehicle while in personal possession of cannabis contrary to the Cannabis Control and Licensing Act. Motorists are reminded that it is an offence to have cannabis readily accessible to the driver and any passengers. The only exception is if the cannabis is unopened and still in the original packaging.

Window smashed in vehicle in Radium

On Monday, August 16, the owner of a Nissan Xterra reported someone had smashed the rear window of her vehicle sometime that afternoon while it was parked in the rear parking lot of the Radium Hot Springs visitor centre. The owner was unsure if anything was stolen.

Paddle board stolen in Radium

On the afternoon of Monday, August 16, a Naakua inflatable paddle board was stolen out of a locked trailer that was parked on the Horsethief Creek Forest Service Road in Radium Hot Springs.

Chainsaw, generator and tools stolen from Invermere property

On Tuesday, August 17, a resident on Fourth Avenue in Invermere reported someone had stolen a Husqvarna chainsaw, a Honda EV2000i generator and other tools from his property sometime overnight.

Reminder of RCMP training at DTSS August 27

Columbia Valley RCMP would like to advise Invermere residents that police will be conducting training at the David Thompson Secondary School and College of the Rockies in Invermere on Friday, August 27. The training will occur primarily inside the school but the public may notice a police presence near the school and should not be alarmed.

– Sgt. Darren Kakuno is Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander

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