Submitted by Cpl. L-P. Gendron-Fafard
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, November 24th through December 1st, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 44 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to:
• Early in the morning of Friday, November 29th, the Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of overdue hunters. The hunters had left that morning for a day of hunting east of Canal Flats. Before the rescue effort could be coordinated, the complainant contacted police to indicate that the hunters were safe and sound but that their vehicle had gotten stuck in an area without cellular services. Everyone was confirmed to be safe.
• In the early morning of Saturday, November 30th, Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a glass break alarm at the Family Pantry in Canal Flats. Police responded immediately to the report and initiated their investigation into the break and enter. Video footage was obtained from the location, and police are looking for two males. The first male was wearing a grey and black vertical striped hoodie, a red hat, brown shoes and dark pants with yellow work gloves. The second male wore a black hoodie with white graphics, black pants with black and white Vans shoes. Both males departed on foot northbound and were observed standing in front of the Canal Flats Arena shortly after the break-in. Police did not locate the males through immediate patrols but are following up on tips received. Any information regarding this investigation can be brought to the attention of Cst. Joy by quoting file number 2019-3123 or by contacting Crime Stoppers.
• In the evening of Saturday, November 30th, a police officer from the East Kootenay Traffic Services completed a traffic stop with a Mitsubishi vehicle registered in British Columbia. During the traffic stop, the male driver indicated that he had consumed marijuana approximately two hours prior to driving his vehicle. The officer conducted a Standardized Field Sobriety Testing and the driver failed the testing. The driver was issued a license suspension for 24 hours and his vehicle was impounded for 24 hours as well.
• In the evening of Saturday, November 30th, a police officer from the Columbia Valley RCMP completed a traffic stop with a Dodge Ram that was speeding on Hwy 93/95. The driver denied consuming any liquor. The officer requested a mandatory breath sample from the driver. The sample obtained from the driver was found to be above the Provincially set limit. The driver was issued a driving suspension of 3 days. The vehicle was also impounded for 3 days.