Fairmont mud slide: Detachment members maintained traffic control to secure the area as well as working with Search and Rescue and fire departments to search the area for injured persons or the possibility of potential fatalities who may have been caught in the strong water and debris flow. The RCMP helicopter was utilized to assist in this search. We were very fortunate that to date no injuries or unaccounted people have been reported.
A 2005 GMC pickup was reported stolen from the Windermere area. The vehicle was unlocked and the keys were left in the ignition. The vehicle was recovered the same day on Forsters Landing Road. The vehicle was torched.
The detachment is receiving numerous complaints of theft from unlocked vehicles in the Windermere area.
Police are aware of three such thefts where a number of articles were stolen. The following were stolen: a Garmin Nuvi 1490 GPS, sunglasses, a phone charger, a cell phone and assorted tools. Anyone with information in regards to these thefts can contact the Columbia Valley detachment. My message never gets old — lock your vehicles.
That same day at 4 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of theft of a Stihl chainsaw — an orange and white concrete saw with a diamond blade — stolen from the 1500 block of 10th Avenue.
Then, at 5:10 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment responded to a two-vehicle accident on Hwy. 93/95 near Wilmer Pontood Road. A Ford Edge vehicle driven by a 54-year-old male from Germany was northbound and indicated he was going to turn right. At the last second, he changed to turn left and made contact with a 2007 Harley Davidson bike driven by a 54-year-old male from Invermere. The rider took a spill but came out with minor injuries. The driver of the Ford was charged for fail to yield to a passing vehicle.
At 11 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment responded to a domestic assault complaint on Wolf Crescent.
Investigation revealed that a female had been assaulted. A 44-year-old male was arrested and charged with assault. The male will appear in Invermere Provincial Court on September 10.
The Columbia Valley detachment was also called in regards to youths trespassing at the Radium Mill property.
A group of males were found in one of the buildings. Police attended and explained the dangers of entering onto this property that is in production — mores the harm that could be done with all the equipment and vehicles moving around along with trespassing charges. The youth understood and were co-operative.
At 1:45 a.m., detachment members responded to a disturbance complaint at the Spruce Grove Resort area. Four visiting males were causing a disturbance. Police advised the males of the possible consequences and suggested they move along. Males opted to co-operate and departed.
At 9:50 a.m., detachment members were called to a complaint on Fairway Drive in Fairmont in regard to a male acting in a strange manner and possibly a threat to himself or others based on his behaviour. The problem appeared to be a medical issue and the male agreed to be taken to the Invermere & District Hospital and was eventually taken to Cranbrook for further assistance.