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Trail RCMP Update June 3, 2019


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

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

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