Submitted by Sgt. Darren Kakuno
Columbia Valley RCMP
This past week, August 26th through September 1st, the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to 92 calls for service. The following are some of the more notable files our officers responded to.
• On Monday, August 26th at about 7:15 p.m., an officer was making patrols in Invermere when she observed an individual she knew to be a prohibited driver driving a car on Athalmer Road in Invermere. The officer conducted a traffic stop and confirmed the adult male was prohibited from operating a motor vehicle. The driver was served an Appearance Notice to attend court at a later date and the vehicle was towed.
• On Tuesday, August 27th, a resident reported his Yamaha 9.9 horsepower boat motor was stolen from a property on Fairmont Creek Road in Fairmont Hot Springs sometime prior to August 15th.
• On Wednesday, August 28th Columbia Valley RCMP conducted boat patrols on Lake Windermere. Officers checked approximately 35 boats. The vast majority of boat operators were compliant with all regulations and were happy to see a police presence on the lake. One warning was issued for operating a vessel without the required safety equipment.
• On Thursday, August 29th at 12:10 a.m., police received a report of an intoxicated male looking through windows at a residence on Lakeview Close in Windermere. Police located the individual nearby and determined he was trying to find the residence he was staying at. The male was arrested for being intoxicated in a public place and held in cells until he was sober.
• On Thursday, August 29th at about 2:15 a.m., police responded to a single vehicle collision on Toby Creek Road. The driver of a Jeep YJ was driving from Panorama to Invermere when she lost control and rolled the Jeep. The driver and two passengers were transported the hospital to be assessed.
• On Friday, August 30th at 2 p.m., police responded to a side-by-side rollover on Toby Cut Off Road in Invermere. Four females had been operating a side-by-side when the driver lost control and rolled the UTV. The four females were transported to the hospital to be assessed.
• On Saturday, August 31st at 6:30 p.m., police attended a single vehicle collision on Toby Creek Road near Invermere. The driver of a Nissan Altima failed to negotiate a curve in the road and went into the ditch. The driver was not injured but his vehicle had to be towed from the ditch.
Columbia Valley RCMP would like to remind drivers that children are back to school this week and school speed zones will be in effect. School buses will also resume services. When you see a school bus with alternating flashing red lights, you must stop whether you are approaching it from the front or the rear. The fines for speeding in a school zone range from $196 to $483. The fine for passing a school bus with its lights activated is $368.
Sgt. Darren Kakuno followed up on an incident this spring, giving the details to the Pioneer in an email: With respect to the threats complaint involving DTSS that was brought to the attention of the Columbia Valley RCMP on March 12, 2019, I can confirm that a youth was charged with uttering threats. On August 8, 2019 the youth was convicted of one count of uttering threats and received a conditional discharge and community service.