Monthly Archives: May 2019

New police e-bikes make debut at Sunfest

May 30, 2019
Castlegar RCMP are pleased to showcase two new e-bikes that have been funded by the City of Castlegar and provided to the Castlegar RCMP.

The new police bikes will offer local RCMP officers the ability to navigate areas of the community much more effectively than standard police vehicles, and will allow for more effective interaction between police officers and the public during major events and regular patrols.

The bikes come with a power assist function (not an electric motor) that will allow for officers to cover more ground quickly when needed.  

“We are very pleased with the decision of City Council to fund these bikes, and they will be utilized in several different ways. They will be very useful for locating missing or vulnerable persons in remote areas, patrolling residential and commercial areas at night, and they will provide police an opportunity to interact with the public during large community events such as Sunfest.” – says Corporal Brett Turner. “Officers may not always be in uniform when on the bikes as they look to spot distracted drivers and other offences at intersections and busy roads.”

Castlegar RCMP officers will be out on bike patrol during Sunfest weekend and look forward to interacting with the public and answering any questions they may have.

Submitted by:
Cpl. Brett Turner
Castlegar RCMP
(250) 365-7721 (office)
(250) 608-2518 (cell)
brett.turner @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ for correct email address)

Trail RCMP monitor Unsanctioned Bush Party ‘Stag Night’

What follows is compiled from a couple of RCMP media releases. It shows how they dealt with an event from before it happened to after. (emphasis added by me)

On May 28, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP were made aware that an unsanctioned Grade 11 and 12 known as “Stag Night” will be taking place tonight in the Pend’Oreille near the Seven Mile Dam, in Trail, BC. 

During this event, there will be the consumption of alcohol by minors and “hazing” of the younger people attending this party. The “hazing” consists of paddling younger students (Grade 11 and below) with wooden paddles. 

The RCMP will be setting up an inspection check point on Seven Mile Dam Road with the intention of inspecting all vehicles attending this bush party under the authority of the Liquor Licencing and Control Act. The RCMP will be seizing alcohol in possession of minors and that will believed to be consumed by minors. This may include seizing excess liquor from adults attending the party if it is believed that it will be consumed by youth.  Any wooden paddles may be seized as a weapon due to their purpose to assault other students.

The RCMP want to ensure the event is a safe event and good time for all in attendance.  The RCMP would like to remind those of the recent tragedy early this year in this area in which two youth died in a motor vehicle accident on Seven Mile Dam Road.  The RCMP asked everyone to use good judgment during this event.  The BC Liquor Inspector has been contacted and may be in attendance to this event.

In response to an ask for clarification by media: … expand on the hazing. One cannot willingly consent to being assaulted with a weapon.  If the RCMP received a complaint from a student who was padded [sic], we will have to conduct a criminal investigation into Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code.

May 29, 2019
Last night the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted two inspection check points and checked approximately 80 vehicles.  As a result the police seized:

  • 1 bottle of 1.14 litre of hard alcohol
  • 375 ml bottles of hard alcohol x 4
  • 88 cans of alcoholic coolers/hard ice treat and lemonade type beverages.
  • 1 mini-bottle of Peach Schnapps
  • 16 beer

Warnings were provided to two drivers for driving without their “N”. The students all had dedicated sober drivers to take them to and from the site.  Each student was warned that paddling another student would be considered an offence of Assault with a Weapon contrary to Section 267 of the Criminal Code. No paddles were located during vehicles searches.  The RCMP will follow up with an education talk with the JL Crowe High School students at a future date.

Trail Bike Rodeo Event – May 2019

In Trail the RCMP detachment participated in a Bike Rodeo and shared it with us. Kudos to them for doing this. It would be nice if our detachment and staff had the resources to put one on here: I keep seeing people riding without regard for safety or the law.

Grand Forks is the first place I ever noticed people riding their bicycles on the wrong side of the street and I still encounter this. I’ve even seen parents teaching their little children to do that and I have to resist the urge to yell at them and ask what happens when your kid, doing it wrong, encounters another kid doing it correctly? And there’s a curb on one side and traffic on the other? Whose kid will get hurt and whose fault will that be?

Okay – that’s enough ranting on my part. Here’s the post that Sgt. Mike Wicentowich from the Trail detachment shared with us.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, from 10:00 am to 12:00 am the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP participated in the Trail Bike Rodeo Event that took place at the Trail Memorial Arena, in Trail, BC. 

Approximately 60 youth participated in the event in which they could show off their biking handling skills to two RCMP officers.   Constable Mike Flewelling and Constable Ben Smith were kept running all morning as they guided each youth through the obstacle course and course challenges.  Both officers did an outstanding job from setting up the event to working with each youth to improve their understanding of biking safety rules.  Each participant received a certificate of completion at the end of the course.  The youths could also have a mechanical inspection on their bikes and have their helmets properly fitted thanks to Gerick Sports.  Additionally, 2 youth won new bikes amongst other prizes given away at the event by sponsors.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment would like to thank its partners in the event which included:
Trail Park and Recreation
West Kootenay Brain Injury Association
Gerick Sports
ICBC

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Trail RCMP Updates May 2019

Visitors to the gftv site may have noticed that over the past year or so the coverage has shrunk to mostly City Council and Flood Recovery meetings. Events where I’ve been invited to cover and expected to make public. Because the organizations involved see the value of public access to their public meetings and events especially when not all members of the public can attend at the time of the event. So having someone who can come and take that off their hands for free, or as close to free as you can get, is a good thing.

Between me, YouTube and Facebook, the citizens of Grand Forks and area get a fair amount of free public access to information. Unlike YouTube and Facebook you don’t see any advertising along with your content on gftv.ca or whatsupingrandforks.com. For various reasons I don’t seek money from that revenue stream. I’m not a salesman and cannot afford to hire one. Come tax time I’m just a pensioner with a part time income from a job at the library. Occasional other jobs don’t bring my income up past working poor generally. And I help out as a volunteer with a couple of non-profits in the community as well.

Back in the early days of gftv.ca I did go out and cover events like fires and crime. Even got a used Scanner. I don’t do that anymore. Some of the reasons I’ve covered above. Another reason is the way public service members relate to the media. Generally they are skeptical and not all that accommodating. When you show up at the scene of a Crime or Fire with a camera and microphone and start asking questions you get a very frosty response if the cops and firefighters don’t know you well. That’s just the way it is. Most people in those positions act the same way so please don’t think I’m upset with them because I’m not.

I mention all this because having a busy life means I don’t go out and cover the news the way it should be covered. That doesn’t sit well with the part of me that had dreams for gftv.ca . . . but the real world often doesn’t measure up to our dreams and aspirations, does it?

Add that to the reasons I gave earlier and you might see how easy it is for someone in my position to retreat to covering only those things to which I’m invited and feel it’s within my capabilities. So you get this entity, gftv, that reflects what I can get done on little to no time and money. Having organizations invite me in helps gftv be more useful to the community.

When some organization wants help in getting their message out to the public they usually try to create a mechanism to do that. An update newsletter, a press officer, a communications department . . . a way to pass on that information to the media and public.

I’m Media. A significant portion of the population here gets part of their information through the websites and social media channels I manage. Which is why the city and others use me to get the word out.

In the early days, when I was being ambitious about what I could cover, I got signed up to newsletters from a couple of the RCMP detachments in the area. From Kamloops to Nelson to Trail. And they sent me updates about activities in their area. Reports about programs they’ve conducted. Crime stats. Bulletins about Crime. I stopped republishing those a way back in part because I’d shrunk my focus as I mentioned earlier. But also because it felt strange reporting on what the RCMP was saying in all these other towns but nothing about Grand Forks. Would people think I was somehow biased against the local detachment because I didn’t have anything to say about things happening here?

Well that was actually because the local detachment doesn’t appear to have a habit of keeping the local media informed. The previous reporter for the Gazette and I had conversations about this. How to get them to share? I’ll confess that I haven’t gone off to them to ask them about it – I stopped passing on all RCMP info so it wasn’t something high on my priority list.

But times change. I’m still getting information from other detachments so I’m going to start passing that on to you, the visitors. Because it’s information about what’s happening in the greater community we are all part of.

Here is what the Trail detachment recently shared. Thank you Sergeant Mike Wicentowich.

For Immediate Release

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2315/2316

On May 17, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received two separate complaints of five people allegedly aggressively panhandling in downtown Trail, BC.  The RCMP located three of the five people believed to be responsible.  The three people were spoken to by the RCMP and left the area.  The remaining two people were not located as they had left the scene after the RCMP were contacted. 

Please contact the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP at 250-364-2566 to report on aggressive panhandling.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2328

On May 18, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received two reports of a suspicious person attempting to open doors of vehicles in a parking lot located in the 1300 block of McQuarrie Street, in Trail, BC.  The vehicles were locked and nothing was stolen.  An unidentified male wearing shorts with long light coloured hair was spotted running away from the scene.  The RCMP conducted patrols in the area for the male but did not locate him.    

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP continue to remind the public to lock their vehicles and secure their personal belongings.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2365

On May 19, 2019, at 2:45 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP were contacted to assist the Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue with two residential fires occurring at a property in the 1400 block of Fourth Avenue, in Trail, BC.  The property contained four small residences and two were on fire at the time of the report.  The residences were not occupied.  Kootenay Boundary Fire Rescue extinguished the fire and examined the scene for cause.  The fires were discovered to have been intentionally set and the matter turned over to the RCMP.  The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP, the Nelson RCMP Forensic Investigation Section, and an RCMP trained arson investigator conducted an investigation on the property and in the residences.  The matter remains under investigation. 

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are looking to speak to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity or people at the property and residences around the time of the fire.  The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP can be contacted at 250-364-2566 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, CRIMESTOPPERS can be contacted at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Victoria Day Long Weekend Impaired Driving Enforcement Campaign

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted a campaign against impaired driving over the Victoria Day May Long Weekend (May 17-20, 2019).  The campaign was a part of a province-wide enforcement blitz ongoing in the month of May 2019.  Furthermore, Saturday, May 18, 2019, was National Impaired Driving Enforcement Day sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police.     

https://www.icbc.com/about-icbc/newsroom/Pages/2019-May14.aspx (ICBC website for more information about this weekend’s campaign)

https://www.cacp.ca/news/canada-road-safety-week-don’t-be-the-driving-force-behind-traffic-collisions.html (Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police website for more information)

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2324

On May 18, 2019, at 12:09 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 25-year-old female driver and her vehicle located outside of a house party in the 100 block of Haig Street, in Warfield, BC.  The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition under Section 215.43(1)(a) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act. 

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2326

On May 18, 2019, at 1:50 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 18-year-old male driver and his vehicle located outside of a house party along Kitchener Street, in Trail, BC.  The driver was under the restriction to only operated a motor vehicle with 0% blood/alcohol content as he was classified as a “Novice” driver under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.  The driver was found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 12-hour licence suspension under Section 215(3) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act. 

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2345

On May 18, 2019, at 9:25 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 53-year-old male driver and his vehicle while conducting a Road Safety Check Stop, in Fruitvale, BC.  The driver found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle and failed a roadside screening device breath test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 90-day Immediate Driving Prohibition under Section 215.43(2.1) of the BC Motor Vehicle Act and has his vehicle impounded for 30 days.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2356

On May 19, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 61-year-old-male who was driving his vehicle erratically on Highway 22 from Genelle to Trail, BC.  The RCMP located the driver at the Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, in Trail, BC, and determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by an overuse of a prescription drug.  The driver failed a Standard Field Sobriety Test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 24 hour driving suspension under Section 215 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

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Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2366

On May 20, 2019, at 06:38 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 25-year-old-male driver and his vehicle located at the Chevron Town Pantry Gas Station, in Trail, BC.   The RCMP determined that his ability to drive a motor vehicle was impaired by an illicit drug.  The driver failed a Standard Field Sobriety Test administered by a RCMP officer.  The driver was issued a 24 hour driving suspension under Section 215 of the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

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Now if you have any information to share with or questions to ask of the RCMP here is the contact info for that detachment. Tell them you heard about it on gftv.ca if you don’t mind. Maybe they’ll pass that on to the local detachment.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada

mike.wicentowich@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tel: 250-368-2180 / Cel: 250-231-1704 / Fax: 250-364-1453

Sergent Mike Wicentowich
S.-off. resp. du Détachement de Trail
Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC) / Gouvernement du Canada

mike.wicentowich@rcmp-grc.gc.ca / Tél. : 250-368-2180 / Tél. cell. : 250-231-1704 / Téléc. : 250-364-1453