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Trail RCMP Update June 3, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2523

On May 28, 2019, at 5:44 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to the report of an intentionally set fire outside of the Gescan building in the 1300 block of Columbia Avenue, in Trail, BC. The RCMP conducted an investigation and identified an alleged suspect. The RCMP located and arrested the alleged 34-year-old male suspect near the area of the fire.

The 34-year-old male suspect will make his first court appearance on August 15, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.
The RCMP are still determining if there are any connections to the seven grass fires lit along Columbia Avenue on the Silver City Day Weekend, in May 2019.
The charge against the suspect will be Arson for causing damage to property contrary to Section 434 of the Criminal Code.

Additionally: Wildfire Prevention

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP are beginning to receive complaints of people throwing cigarette butts out of windows of vehicles. The RCMP would like to remind the public that discarded cigarette butts can start fires which can quickly become out of control due to the dry conditions in Trail and the Greater area. This could result in damage to property and serious harm or death to the public. Anyone caught throwing a cigarette butt out a vehicle window can face fines under the BC Motor Vehicle Act for littering. Any associated damage or harm to human life that result from this type of negligence can result in criminal and civil consequences to the perpetrator(s).

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2581

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a complaint of a black bear roaming the neighbourhood in the area of Bay Avenue and Topping Street, in West Trail, BC. The bear was dispatched by the RCMP due to the risk to the general public which included children in the area at the time of the incident.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP remind the public to secure their garbage in an effort to reduce animal attractants and human-wildlife conflict.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2585

On May 31, 2019, the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP received a complaint of speeding vehicles during school hours in the Glenmerry Elementary School Zone, in Trail, BC. The RCMP would like to remind the public that school is still in operation until the end of the school year on June 27, 2019.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2596

On June 1, 2019, at approximately 6:00 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of an assault with a weapon at the Tunnel Pub located on Schofield Highway, in Trail, BC. A 54-year-old male was hit in the face with a beer glass by another 54-year-old male assailant during a verbal dispute. Alcohol was a factor in the situation. The assailant fled the scene; however, was located and arrested by the RCMP. The assailant was held in custody overnight and released on conditions not to communicate with the victim, not to attend the Tunnel Pub, and to abstain from the consumption of alcohol and non-prescription drugs.
The assailant will make his first court appearance on August 8, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. in Provincial Court, in Rossland, BC.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2607

On June 2, 2019, at 5:53 a.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP responded to a call of a sudden death of a 60-year-old male along the Columbia River near the Bailey Street and Bay Avenue, in downtown Trail, BC. The death is not considered suspicious at this time and the BC Coroner Service is the lead investigating agency.

Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP File # 2019-2616

On June 2, 2019, at 3:31 p.m. the Trail and Greater District Detachment RCMP conducted an investigation into the alleged impaired driving of a 42-year-old male driver and his vehicle on the Schofield Highway, in Warfield, BC. The driver and vehicle was swerving in and out of his lane and smashed the side of his vehicle into the cement median at one point. The RCMP located the driver and his damaged vehicle. 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 the 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.

The Trail and Greater District Detachment will continue its enhanced campaign against impaired driving in order to make the roadways safer for the public throughout the summer.

Sergeant Mike Wicentowich
NCO i/c Trail Detachment
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) / Government of Canada
mike.wicentowich @ rcmp-grc.gc.ca (remove spaces around @ to restore email address)
Tel: 250-368-2180
Cel: 250-231-1704
Fax: 250-364-1453

2013 Highway Driving Stats from the RCMP

The other day we reported on a single vehicle accident on the North Fork Road near town. A car had slid off the icy road and rolled onto its roof in the ditch. Shortly afterwards this media release summarizing 2013 appeared in our inbox …

In 2013 the West Kootenay Traffic Services and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit had a very busy year. We unfortunately had nine fatalities in the area. Of these nine fatalities two were alcohol related and two were pedestrian fatalities. The other causal factors were speed, mechanical or distracted driving. Our condolences go out to the families and friends who lost loved ones.

Drinking and driving, seatbelt and distracted driving are leading factors in serious or fatal collisions.

This year 90 impaired drivers were taken of the road and 120 suspensions were issued in the West Kootenay Boundary area. The units served 1,430 seatbelt tickets and 325 distracted driving charges (cell phone). Drug possession seems to be on the rise with 500 drug seizures. Excessive speed charges which goes with a 7 day seizure of the vehicle is also on the rise with 63 seizures. The units served over 7,300 violation tickets.

The West Kootenay Traffic and IRSU units are striving to reduce crashes and injuries to our motoring public by enforcement and education in high crash areas. We urge all people to slow down, buckle up, stay off the cell phone and get a designated driver. The consequences of an impaired driving charge financially and emotionally on an individual are tremendous.

The West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit wish everyone a happy and safe 2014.

One thing I’ve come to realize living here in Grand Forks is that in the winter it’s a lot like the mythical Shangri La: The valley can be a little spot of sunshine and tee-shirt weather but getting in and out of it on the highway can be a visit back to winter and taking your life into your hands. Be careful out there and if you have to travel on the highways be aware, be awake and be safe.

Some of you have no choice but to drive the highway so to those I would advise think about the end result – you want to get there safe and sound. I will leave you with this thought: When I moved here in 2004 women could give birth here in Grand Forks. Now they have to travel to Trail or Nelson. In the winter that can be extra scary …

Just a note: mother and baby arrived just fine thanks to Dad (and the staff at the hospital in Nelson), She’s now a year old.

We are not alone in this hardship – those who live in Creston also face the same issue but instead of the Paulson they get to do the Salmo-Creston. In case you have forgotten that drive take a ride with me below (just don’t try this at this speed – I didn’t):