There were 29 calls for service from March 8 until March 15. Here are but a few.
On March 13 the Columbia Valley RCMP received a report that there was an intoxicated male outside of Bud’s Bar in Invermere and that the male had been grabbing at girls and had punched a male outside the bar. On police attendance the 45-year-old male from Alberta was located and arrested for being intoxicated in public and lodged in Invermere cells for the night. A violation ticket for drunk in public was issued when the male sobered up.
On February 5 the Columbia Valley RCMP conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 93/95 at Radium Hill in Radium Hot Springs. The vehicle was an older Dodge pick-up truck. Three males in the vehicle were identified as local residents and it was determined that there were eight stolen snowboards in the box of the pick-up truck. It was confirmed through witness statements that all 8 boards were stolen from the Panorama ski hill earlier that day. All three males were arrested and charged with Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. One of the males was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. Charges are pending.
On March 14 members of the Columbia Valley RCMP were dispatched to a report of a male yelling and screaming on Main Street East in Radium Hot Springs. A witness stated that this male was yelling at everyone that was walking by and causing a scene.
The male was located next to the Petro Canada in Radium. He identified himself, which was confirmed. The male advised that he was yelling because he is homeless and has not eaten in three days. The male said that he has been hitch-hiking across Canada for the last two weeks and is headed back to Prince George. He ended up getting a ride and advised that he would not bother anyone else. The members provided the homeless male a power bar to eat.
On March 14 members of the Columbia Valley RCMP were on patrol in Invermere and observed a vehicle parked at Kinsmen Beach. Members approached the vehicle as it was after the curfew for the beach. A male from Golden was asleep in his white Chevrolet Lumina van.
Members saw a glass jar on the front seat that contained a substance that looked like marijuana and a plastic bag that contained a pipe. There was only a very small amount of marijuana in the jar. Members spoke to the male and confiscated the marijuana and pipe. No charges were laid.
Cpl. Brent Ayers
Columbia Valley RCMP