Submitted by Darren Woroshelo Robson Valley RCMP

In an effort to better keep the community informed the Robson Valley Regional RCMP will be providing weekly press releases to the local papers. The list is not inclusive of all calls of service the local RCMP detachments receive, but provides a cross section of what is happening in the Robson Valley.

On October 28 McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle for speeding. The driver, a 24-year-old Vancouver male, was also served an indefinite driving prohibition as a result of his driving history.

On October 28 McBride RCMP received a report of vehicle striking a deer. The driver was not hurt despite the vehicle suffering several thousands of dollars in damage.

On October 29 Valemount RCMP responded to a single vehicle collision on Hwy 5 near McLennan Rd. The driver, a 27-year-old Kelowna resident, advised he was traveling south bound when an oncoming vehicle drifted into his lane causing him to swerve to avoid a collision. He lost control and rolled in the ditch. The driver was the lone occupant and was not injured.

On October 29 Valemount RCMP received a report of a traffic hazard on Hwy 5 near Bone Creek. A tractor trailer unit had broken down by a hill and blind corner. The vehicle was removed from the roadway.

On October 29 McBride RCMP received a report of Break and Enter at a local business. Several hand and power tools were taken. The matter is still under investigation. If anyone has information with respect to this B & E or any other of the thefts in the McBride area please contact the RCMP at 250-569-2255 or if you want to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

On October 30 Valemount RCMP conducted a Check Stop Road Block for Impaired Drivers and Vehicle Safety. Three vehicles that were stopped had an odour of marihuana and searches of the vehicles revealed small amounts of marihuana. No charges are pending.

On October 31 McBride RCMP received a report of a theft from a rural property. An air compressor, generator, and chainsaw were taken. The matter is still under investigation. Police would like to remind everyone to secure your items in your yard and vehicle out of sight and locked. Make sure you have a detailed list of valuable items including serial numbers. If you see anyone suspicious in the area please call police.

On October 31 police attended with McBride EHS and Fire/Rescue to an elderly female that had fallen. The female was transported to the McBride hospital for treatment.

On October 31 Valemount RCMP attended a single vehicle roll over on Hwy 5 near the Tete Jaune Access Road. A tractor trailer unit had swerved to avoid a deer and got caught in the soft shoulder and rolled into the ditch catching fire. As the collision was out of the Valemount Fire Protection area the vehicle was left to burn out. Forestry did not attend as the fire was not a threat to the tree line. The trailer, that was carrying cardboard, burned out and was later removed.

On November 1
McBride RCMP police received a report of vehicle collision with a moose 25km east of McBride. The vehicle was able to carry on, but the injured moose was still standing in the ditch. Police attended to dispatch the moose, but it wandered off prior to police arrival.

On November 1 Valemount RCMP responded to a report of an impaired driver near Valemount. The vehicle was located, with the assistance of the public, downtown and the driver, a 49-year-old Spruce Grove male, had an odour of liquor on his breath and showed overt signs of impairment. A road side screening device resulted in a fail reading and the driver was issued an immediate 90-day roadside prohibition, a fine, and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

On November 2 McBride RCMP were advised of a mischief that occurred on Halloween night. A vehicle had a tire slashed overnight on Oct 31. Bicycle tracks were observed at the scene.

On November 2 Valemount RCMP were called to a verbal dispute between two individuals. The parties were separated for the night. No charges are pending.

Winter has finally arrived with below zero temperatures and snow at lower elevations. If you have not already installed your winter tires, please get them put on. The best tires designated as “winter and ice” are marked with the logo of a snowflake inside a mountain. Tires lose 1 PSA every month and 1 PSI for every 5 degree drop in temperature so check your tire pressure regularly. Be sure to buckle up and slow down during winter driving conditions. Allow for extra distance between you and other vehicles and avoid the use of cruise control during winter months. Monitor your gas tank and keep washer fluid full when traveling.