From September 11 to 13, the detachment had been receiving numerous complaints of a large bear roaming the area around Eileen Madson school. This bear seemed to have at its disposal a great deal of food available, as well as garbage. This is the time of year that bears and their cubs are beefing up to prepare for the winter. A number of people were walking about the area as well as kids departing school. Patrols were made and people cautioned as patrols were unable to locate the bear. In the evening, the bear was spotted in a tree and people were advised to leave the area in hopes the bear would depart on its own. The bear continued to remain in the area and we received numerous sightings. On September 13, again with kids departing school and the amount of foot traffic, there was a serious probability that our luck would run out. A decision was made to destroy the bear. The detachment and the Conservation Office are also receiving reports of bears coming into the village area in Radium.
At 9:35 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of an abandoned vehicle at the rest stop on Highway 93/95 at Brisco. A detachment member attended and determined that the 2011 grey Chevy Silverado was reported stolen the same day from High River, Alberta.
At 4 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a report of an assault on a 13-year-old youth that appeared to be family related. The investigation resulted in a 44-year-old adult male being charged with assault. The male will appear in Invermere provincial court on December 10.
At 2:15 a.m., Columbia Valley detachment members attended to a group of youths located behind one of the local bars in town. A backpack was located on the ground that went unclaimed by anyone. A small amount of white crystal powder was in the backpack that was later claimed. The substance was seized, but no charges were laid.
At 4:35 a.m., the Columbia Valley detachment attended to a call to assist the local ambulance attendants in regards to an intoxicated male found on the ground near the Heron Point condos. The male was checked by BC Ambulance and it was determined that he could return to his unit in the same condo.
At 9:59 p.m., Columbia Valley detachment members were called to a complaint of disturbance and possibly a fight in the Windermere area. Patrols in the area at the time proved negative.
At 11 p.m., detachment members received a complaint of a possible gunshot being fired near Dincey Road. Patrols at the time proved negative but a witness came forward advising that a bear banger was discharged around the same time.
At 5:10 p.m., the Columbia Valley detachment received a complaint of what was described as a home invasion where an assault was ongoing in the Industrial Park. Police were familiar with the probable persons involved. Attendance was made and the suspect vehicle was seen leaving the area. This vehicle was stopped and five people were arrested and detained at the scene — three adult males and two females. Police attended to the residence while the subjects remained in custody and, as a result of the investigation, a 19-year-old male from Invermere was charged with mischief and his licence was suspended and the vehicle impounded for 90 days as a result of blowing a fail. It was determined the other people were not directly involved in a window being broken. The investigation is continuing to determine if further charges should be laid. The 19-year-old male remained in custody until the following morning to sober up.