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Posted: May 31, 2016

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

rcmplogoBy Cpl. Grant Simpson

Columbia Valley RCMP had a slightly quieter week responding to 64 calls for service. After reviewing these files I’ve selected a few of the more intriguing ones for the police report.

Golf clubs stolen from unlocked truck

On May 24, an Alberta male called RCMP to report the theft of his golf clubs from his unlocked 2012 Dodge pickup truck. Golf clubs are Taylor Made with approximate value of $2,500 to $3,000. The complainant was golfing at Panorama on Saturday, went to Elements restaurant, and then returned to Panorama; he noticed the clubs were missing on Monday. Anyone with any information regarding this theft is asked to call the local detachment or Crimestoppers.

Construction equipment vandalized

On May 25, at 1:36 p.m. Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of vandalism to construction equipment at the Pedley Heights development from the owner of the property. Police responded to the report and once on scene examined the damage to a number of unlicenced construction vehicles which had windows broken out. Police spoke with the property owner who believed that the damage may have been from someone who had been revisiting the site and not by youth from the Victoria day weekend. Police investigated the incident and photographed the damaged vehicles. Police recommended to the property owner that she have the vehicles relocated to a more secure location and not spread out so far.
Police also recommended the use of security fencing, surveillance motion cameras and security lighting to reduce the likelihood of another incident.

Noise ado settled

On May 26, at 9:33 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of threats from a male Windermere resident who advised he had been visiting friends in the 1600 block of Rocky Mountain Ave, Invermere and had been threatened by the neighbour there who was upset with the noise level. Police responded to the report and once on scene spoke with both parties, who had already resolved the issue to some degree. The neighbour advised he was upset and overreacted by going next door to complain to them about the volume as he had to work in the morning. He indicated that he would call police first if it happened again. The complainant advised that the neighobour’s mother had come over after her son and had smoothed over the situation. Both were advised not to go over to the neighbour’s house again and to call police instead.

No injuries in park crash

On May 26, at 10:09 p.m., RCMP were dispatched to a single vehicle roll over on Highway 93, five kilometres east of Radium Hot Springs. The report came from B.C. EHS. The driver was the only occupant of the 2004 Pontiac Montana bearing Alberta plates. He was not injured and refused EHS assistance, and did not report the collision to the police himself. Police were advised that the driver was at the Prestige Hotel in Radium Hot Springs. Police attended and took a statement from him. The driver said he lost control when his vehicle hydro-planed on the wet pavement. He had arranged a tow truck himself. Radium Fire was en route to flag the vehicle and to check for leaks and any environmental concerns.

Nap sends driver off road

On May 27, at 5:13 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle collision on Highway 95, in Edgewater.

The complainant, out of Vernon, drove past a white 2014 Ford F450 hauling a 2014 blue ATV trailer, and advised that both units were in the ditch with the trailer partially impeding traffic. Police attended, took pictures and a statement from the driver and lone occupant of the pickup, a Salmon Arm male.

During this warned statement, it was mentioned that the driver fell asleep, which is consistent with the lack of braking marks on that flat and straight stretch of road. The male was driving southbound and crossed the incoming traffic lane and ended up going off road left. A Violation Ticket for Drive Without Due Care was served on scene. There were no injuries, so EHS was declined. The driver’s father, was also on scene and was fixing the pickup wheel, and did not require a tow as he was able to do the required repair to make both units drivable and safe himself.


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