Sgt. Ed deJong

Columbia Valley RCMP

On November 28 a break and enter was reported where a number of tools were stolen, including an air compressor, three space heaters, and a shopvac from a jobsite sometime over the previous couple of weeks.  All the tools were marked with “PATCO” in black paint.  If you have any information regarding this break and enter, please call the Columbia Valley RCMP or Crime Stoppers.

On November 30 police responded to a call of a male who had fallen through the ice while skating from Kinsmen Beach to Windermere Beach. 

There have been a few other incidents on the lake that have gone unreported. I would caution anyone going out on the ice at this time of year as the thickness will vary considerably due to weather and water temperatures.

On December 2 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. three members of the Columbia Valley detachment and two members of the BC Highway Patrol took part in the national “Light Up the Highways” campaign.  

The campaign was designed to target impaired drivers. Five local members set up check-stops throughout the night in Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont Hot Springs, and Invermere. More than 300 cars were stopped and their drivers spoken to. One 90-day immediate roadside prohibition was issued and there was one 24-hour driving suspension, along with a couple of traffic tickets for various offences. Overall, the project was successful. 

Thanks for everyone’s patience who were stopped during the campaign. The lack of impaired drivers was notable.