Submitted by Cpl. Brent Ayers
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, April 8th through to April 14th, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 56 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our (officers) responded to.
• On Monday, April 8th, a report was received of an erratic driver who had driven into Canal Flats off of the highway. Enough detail was provided to identify the driver who has had their licence suspended by the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for some time. Contact with police has been made and the investigation is ongoing. Safe roads for all within the Valley is one of the priorities for this detachment and communication is essential and appreciated from all.
• On Monday, April 8th, Columbia Valley RCMP were notified that a customer had left their purse in the Fields store. The purse was picked up by Sgt. Kakuno, however before attempts could be made to contact the owner, the owner had attended the front counter and claimed the purse. The owner looked through her purse and was delighted to note that everything was there. Thanks to whomever originally turned in the purse.
• On Monday, April 8th at 7 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP were advised that a female had been dropped off at the Radium Prestige. It was gleaned that she had been involved in a single vehicle collision and had been picked up by a passerby and dropped off at the hotel with no money for a room and was sleeping in the lobby. On police attendance enough details were provided and verified that the subject had swerved for a deer and went into the ditch near Kimberley. The driver appeared confused as she could not remember her address or family contact information. There was no indication of alcohol or drugs and it was felt more of a medical concern. Sgt. Kakuno determined that she required a medical review and brought her to the Invermere & District hospital where the subject was admitted for shock / confusion.
• On Monday, April 8th, the Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible sighting of two individuals wanted out of Saskatchewan. Reportedly a male and female departed the hotel in a BMW X5 with Saskatchewan plates. The occupants resembled two subjects as noted on Facebook by the Complainant as wanted out of Saskatchewan. Sgt. Kakuno located the BMW X5 at the Invermere Tim Hortons drive through. The subjects were stopped and confirmed not to be the wanted subjects out of Saskatchewan and the complainant was updated.
Now, as noted from reading this report, one would think that the majority of files occurred on April 8th and that Sgt. Darren Kakuno is the only officer that actually works here. He is the boss and he is. Ha Ha.
There are files that at times involve more sensitive information and we do our best to protect those circumstances until the conclusion of the investigation, and so do not share some of these instances. I know working this past string of nights admittedly we were fortunate in that very little was reported statistically with files. Do not let that fool you as there has always been work ongoing daily / nightly within our Valley where, as police officers, we attempt our best at deterring drug trafficking, impeding property crime, and mitigating violence through visibility.
Hope everyone has a great Easter Holiday with family and friends.