This week the Columbia Valley RCMP responded to about 40 calls for service; last year that number hovered around 50. The following is a summary of a couple of the more interesting calls we had this week:
• During the morning of Monday, November 13th RCMP received a complaint that the night before, someone drove through a “Blackline” Highway sign on highway 93/95. RCMP attended and witnessed tire tracks that obviously left the highway, travelled through the sign and hit a small tree before turning through bushes and eventually onto a side road off the highway. The responding officer was able to get some vehicle pieces from the scene including some headlight glass pieces and a piece of a Ford exterior door handle. Further investigation suggests that the parts belong to a large ford truck. It is obvious that there will be damage to the front end and passenger side of truck. If anyone has any further information they are asked to contact the detachment.
•On Tuesday, November 14th an employee at Parks Canada working in Kootenay National Park called the Columbia Valley RCMP to report that they recently discovered some old unidentified explosive material in one of the buildings located in Kootenay National Park and they did not know how to dispose of it safely. Columbia Valley RCMP contacted our Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU) for some guidance. The EDU members advised that they are currently training some new members and would attend the park personally to not only ensure the safety of Parks and RCMP personnel but to use the situation as a training initiative. Later that afternoon the EDU arrived and assessed the material. It was removed and rendered safe.
•On Wednesday, November 15th Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of another school bus being passed while the red lights were flashing. This traffic incident occurred near Fairmont Hot Springs on Friday, November 3rd just after 1 p.m. The complainant, a school bus driver, reported that a white truck hauling a trailer had not stopped for the school bus when it had its red lights activated and kids were getting off the bus on an exciting and busy Friday afternoon. The investigation is continuing but it is a reminder everyone must stop and let the kids get home safe, even if it means you’re going to be a few minutes late yourself.
•On Wednesday November 15th at about 9 p.m., Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that there was some suspicious light and the emergence of intermittent smoke next to the dumpster behind Huckleberry’s restaurant. RCMP immediately responded to the report and once on scene determined that the suspicious activity was an employee wearing a headlamp who was pressure washing the grease off of some kitchen equipment.
•During the early evening hours of Friday, November 17th Columbia Valley RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver in Fairmont Hot Springs. It was observed that an older red Mercedes sedan had been speeding and had hit a sign, leaving a piece of the vehicle behind. RCMP responded immediately and after some investigation attended to where the vehicle had been parked at a residence. The RCMP officers spoke with the registered owner of the car and noted he had a strong odour of liquor on his breath, was unsteady on his feet and admitted to having a few beers before he drove home. Consequently the driver was prohibited from driving for a period of time and he was served several Violation Tickets for Drive without Due Care and Fail to Remain at the Scene of an Accident.