Submitted by 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 November 18 Valemount RCMP received a report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near the Alberta border. A west bound pick-up truck rear ended a west bound van in poor weather conditions. No one was injured in the crash which resulted in the truck being towed from the scene. Police remind everyone that in poor winter conditions to slow down, allow more space between the vehicle in front of you, and drive with your lights on.
On November 18 Valemount RCMP attended a two vehicle collision on Hwy 5 near the Gosnell Bridge. A north bound car had lost control and crossed the center line and was struck by a south bound tractor trailer unit. The car was demolished and the driver was transported to the Valemount clinic and then to Prince George with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer unit suffered minor bruising and was treated at the scene. Charges are pending against the driver of the car.
On November 18 McBride RCMP attended a single vehicle collision on the North Frontage Road. A tractor trailer unit had failed to negotiate a corner and the trailer ended up in the ditch. No one was injured. The driver, a 43 year old Calgary male, was issued a violation ticket for failing to have his log book up to date.
On November 19 Valemount RCMP opened a fraud investigation after receiving a report from a local resident that they had won a sweepstakes. The matter is still under investigation. Police want to remind the public that if you receive a call or e-mail from anyone offering you a prize to be suspicious and not to give out any personal information over the phone or via computer as professional con-artists can be very convincing. If it sound too good to be true, it probably is. For more information on schemes and frauds visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre on-line at www.phonebusters.com.
On November 19 Valemount RCMP received a report of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near Lucerne Lake. A west bound vehicle lost control while passing a group of cars and side-swiped a tractor trailer unit. The matter is still under investigation. Anyone that may have witnessed this collision is asked to contact the Valemount RCMP.
On November 20 police received a report of a collision involving a deer east of McBride. The vehicle suffered mainly cosmetic damage and the occupants of the vehicle were not injured.
On November 20 Valemount RCMP received a report from Jasper RCMP of a two vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near the Alberta border. A east bound pick-up truck pulled over to the shoulder to allow room for an oversized commercial transport. The pick-up truck got caught in the soft snow near the shoulder and spun out striking a pilot pick-up truck that was following the oversized load. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and their vehicles were towed from the scene.
On November 20 Valemount RCMP stopped a vehicle near Mount Robson for speed ing. During the stop an odour of marihuana was detected and both occupants were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. A search incidental to arrest revealed a small amount of marihuana which was seized for destruction. No criminal charges are being pursued at this time for the marihuana and the driver, a 20 year old Alberta male, was issued a violation ticket for speeding.
On November 20 Valemount RCMP were advised of a single vehicle collision on Hwy 16 near the Alberta border. A vehicle had lost control on the icy highway and rolled into the ditch. The driver, a 32 year old Cumberland resident, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Valemount Clinic by a passing motorist.
On November 20, 2013 McBride RCMP received a report of a residential Break and Enter. Firearms and tools were stolen from the house. The owner had been away for a week so it was undetermined the exact date that the theft occurred. Police ask that all residents be extra vigilant by ensuring they lock their doors, secure valuables and firearms in safes, have someone check your house daily if you are going to be away, keep an eye on neighbors houses, and report any suspicious activity to police immediately.
On November 21 Valemount RCMP, along with Valemount Fire Rescue and BC Ambulance, attended a single vehicle collision on Hwy 5 near Albreda. A south bound tractor trailer unit was south bound when it went off road right in blowing snow and high winds. The driver was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured and was picked up by a passing motorist who brought him to town. The driver did not think to advise police that he was ok causing emergency responders to needlessly search for him at the scene. Police want to remind the public that if you are involved in a collision, and even if you are ok, to please call police and let them know. Motorists passing your collision scene minutes, or even hours, after it occurred may call police of a roll over and, without any information to the contrary, emergency responders attend thinking someone is in need of help.
On November 21 McBride RCMP received a report of a possible impaired driver. The vehicle was located and the driver, a 24 year old Prince George male, was arrested for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. At the detachment the male refused to provide a breath sample and has been charged with failing to provide a breath sample under the criminal code. Refusing carries the same penalty as blowing over the legal limit of .08. The male was also issued violation tickets for driving contrary to his restrictions and a large sum of money that was found in the vehicle was seized as neither the driver nor the passengers could account for who owned it or why they had it. The matter is still under investigation.
On November 21 McBride RCMP responded to a domestic assault on 3rd Avenue. An 18 year old McBride male was taken into custody for assault and later released on a Promise to Appear with a no contact order. The male is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in January in McBride.
On November 21 McBride RCMP stopped a vehicle associated to a known male who is prohibited from driving. The male, a 19 year old McBride resident, was arrested for driving while prohibited and on a Warrant for breaching his conditions. His vehicle was impounded for 7 days and he is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in January.
On November 22 McBride RCMP received a report that a tire had been slashed on a vehicle. The owner did not report the incident for several days and was noted to have the wrong plate on his vehicle. Anyone with information about this vandalism is asked to contact the McBride RCMP at 569-2255 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-8277 (TIPS).
On November 23 Valemount RCMP responded to a report of disturbance on 13th Street. The disturbance was the result of a civil dispute regarding property. Both parties were located and spoken to. No charges are being pursued at this time.
On November 23 Valemount RCMP received a report of a tree that had fallen across McKirdy Road. Police attended, but the tree was too large to be removed by hand. LDM attended and removed the obstruction.
On November 23 McBride RCMP responded to a report of a domestic assault at Hatchards Trailer Park. A 34 year old male was taken into custody for assault and later released on a Promise to Appear with a no contact order. The male is scheduled to appear in Provincial Court in January in McBride.
On November 23 McBride RCMP were called to a shots fired complaint on Hinkleman Road. Enquiries were made and it was determined that the bangs were in fact fireworks being set off in celebration of a birthday.
As we move into December and the Christmas season police would like to remind everyone to plan ahead when going out to Christmas dinners or house parties. The time to plan a safe ride home is at the beginning of the night and not at the end when your judgment may be impaired by alcohol. Police will be conducting extra enforcement and setting up counter attack check stops looking for impaired drivers. Please drive sober and arrive alive