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Posted: July 7, 2020

Elk Valley RCMP Report

By Cst. Debra Katerenchuk

Elk Valley RCMP responded to 421calls for service between May 26 and June 26.

RCMP responded to the following calls: eight Animal Calls; five Assaults; one Assault with a Weapon; 5 Uttering Threats Against Person; five Breach of the Peace; three Breach of Bail Violations; six Cause a Disturbance; 20 Collisions; one Harassing Communications; three Fraud; 18 Well Being Checks; nine Mischiefs; 27 Suspicious Persons/vehicles/occurrences; six Theft Under $5,000; one Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle; three Theft of Motor Vehicle; four Theft from Motor Vehicle under $5,000; one Criminal Harassment; one Possession of Cocaine; one Possession other Schedule one Drug; one Break & Enter to Business; one Luring a Child via Computer; two apprehensions under the  Mental Health Act; one Obstruct Police Officer; five Sexual Assaults; one Sexual Interference; two Trespass Act; and three Missing Persons (located).

Eight impaired drivers were intercepted by the Elk Valley RCMP resulting in the following; seven 90-Day Driving Prohibitions plus 30-day vehicle impoundment; and one 24 Hour Prohibition Section 215 Motor Vehicle Act.

Cyclist struck by truck in Sparwood

A female cyclist was struck by a truck on 13th Street and 2nd Avenue in Sparwood on June 25.  The cyclist had slowed down and cycled out into the street, assuming the driver of the truck would slow down. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, was cycling on a sidewalk, and either did not dismount to cross the road or ignored the stop sign. The truck had the right-of-way. The female cyclist suffered from a minor bump on her leg and a bent front wheel and there was no damage to the truck. RCMP attended and determined no charges would be laid against the cyclist or the driver of the truck.

Elk Valley RCMP would like to remind all cyclists to wear their helmets; obey all street signs; and be very cautious at all intersections.

Fernie Save On Foods sustains broken window

On Sunday, June 28, around 4 a.m., an early morning employee of Fernie Save On Foods grocery store noticed a front window broken but no one had gained entry. RCMP attended and ensured the site was secured.

If you have any information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact the Elk Valley RCMP at (250) 425-6233 or remain anonymous call calling a tip into Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving their tip online at

Dog hit by train in Fernie

On Thursday, July 2, Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) notified the RCMP that an unleashed dog was on the railroad tracks and its owner, a young male, tried chasing after the dog in an attempt to get the dog off the tracks. RCMP attended and learned the dog was taken by its owners to a veterinary clinic. However, it had later died of its injuries. There were no other injuries reported to the RCMP or CP Rail Police.

CP Rail has provided personnel debriefing services for its employees involved in this tragic matter.  The dog’s family members have also been provided with services offered through the RCMP.

Wildfire Act Ticket

On Sunday, July 5, around 10:30 a.m., an Elk Valley RCMP officer was patrolling on Coal Creek Forest Service Road and came upon a white Nissan Altima, facing downhill on a trail and appeared to be high-centred on a water-bar. The RCMP had received a report of a stolen vehicle in the same vicinity, but of a different make and model. The officer noticed a female in the back seat of the Altima and began asking a series of questions. At one point during their conservation, the female rolled down her window and threw a cigarette butt out the window. When she failed to comply with officer questions and demands, she jumped out of the vehicle and took off running. She was located within minutes and was given a ticket under the Wildfire Act, Section 3(1) in the amount of $ 575.

Curfew checks result in reports to BC Prosecution Service

Recent curfew checks by the Elk Valley RCMP have resulted in two reports being forwarded to the BC Prosecution Services within a period of one month. Curfew checks are one of the initiatives the RCMP detachments are committed to in reducing crime prevention. Officers put an extra emphasis on conducting curfew checks throughout their policing jurisdiction. The goal with curfew checks is to ensure that people awaiting trail or those who are serving sentences in the community understand and follow their conditions and to act as a deterrent to future offences.  During the checks, most people were found to be compliant with their conditions, though two reports were forwarded to BC Prosecution Service for failure to comply with court orders.

– Cst. Debra Katerenchuk is Media Relations Officer with Elk Valley RCMP

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