The Field Fire Department battled a fire that engulfed a Greyhound bus along Highway 1

RCMP Report: Bus fire halts traffic on Highway 1

It was a busy week for RCMP as they faced numerous traffic incidents after the first major snowfall of the season.

Winter Roads

Winter driving conditions have kept local police busy over the last two weeks with the Golden-Field RCMP responding to over 25 collisions and an additional 27 traffic complaints since November 9.

“We would like to stress once again the importance of slowing down and planning ahead before driving,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. Although no injuries were reported in most of the collisions, one female was transported to Calgary by STARS Air Ambulance on November 11 with serious but non-life threatening injuries after being involved in a head-on collision on Highway 1 near Field.

Youth BMX Stolen

Police are asking everyone to be on the lookout for a bicycle that was stolen from the Nicholson Elementary School on Nov. 5.

It is described as being a youth’s BMX style bike, black and purple in color. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers 1-800-222-8477. A photo of the bicycle can be found on the Golden-Field RCMP’s Facebook page.

Driving without a License

A 21 year-old male from Golden received a number of fines and a vehicle impoundment after it was reported to police that he was driving without a valid driver’s license on November 10.

Further investigation revealed that the vehicle he was driving also had no insurance, the wrong license plate, and that the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles had flagged the driver for vehicle impoundment.

Stolen Trailer

The Golden-Field RCMP are currently looking for information regarding the theft of a 28-foot Rockwood Ultra-Light trailer that was reported stolen from near Golden View Road on November 11. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.

Car set on Fire

Local police are continuing to investigate a vehicle fire that occurred during the evening of November 11 in the Vandenbilt Auto Body parking lot.

“Police were called to assist the Golden Fire-Rescue Department with a vehicle fire just after 11 p.m.,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “We are still looking to determine who the owner of the vehicle is as the VIN and license plates were destroyed in the fire.”

Police believe the vehicle may have been stolen and are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious to contact them or Crimestoppers.

Alarming Donation

Police were called to a local thrift store on November 13 after volunteers found an air pistol while sorting through donations.

“As you can imagine finding these types of items can be alarming for someone who is not familiar with guns,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “We would ask that if you have these types of items for disposal, that you contact the police by phone to make pick up arrangements and that you never bring items that appear to be firearms to the Detachment.”

Hotel Room Robbed

The Golden-Field RCMP are continuing to investigate after a male reportedly checked in to a local hotel on November 11 and then left with the 42-inch television and the alarm clock from the room.

Police are looking at obtaining video surveillance to help identify the male who is believed to have used  a false identification and credit card to obtain the room.

Shots heard in Blae

On November 13 just before 10 p.m., local police were called to the Blaeberry after a resident could hear a number of shots being fired. Police were able to locate the gun owner who was practicing shooting in his yard.

The owner was warned regarding the use of firearms with other residences in close proximity. No charges are expected to be laid in relation to the incident.

Bear Spray Attack

A 23 year-old male from Golden was arrested for assault with a weapon, after a number of people allege that they were bear- sprayed by the male while walking down the street on November 14.

“This was not a random attack and appears to be targeted,” said Cst. Lainchbury. The male is expected to appear in court in Golden on January 17.

Man Turns Self In

After an extensive search by both local RCMP and the Calgary Police Service, a 22 year-old male from Golden turned himself in on November 14 for a number of outstanding warrants. The male was then brought before a Justice of the Peace and held in custody to answer to the charges. The male appeared in court in Golden on November 17, and remains in custody.

Lost Items

Police are asking anyone who may have found a GoPro and a Fitbit near Lake O’Hara to contact them after the items were reported missing on November 16. The owner believes that the items were accidently left behind in the lower parking lot.

Online Scam

Local police are warning residents to use caution when purchasing items over the internet after a local resident was almost scammed out of $3,800 when responding to an advertisement online from AutoTrader.

“Arrangements had been made to purchase a truck from Comox online,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The purchasers became suspicious after the seller required him to send payment to Denmark using uShip without getting anything checked.” Police would like to remind residents to ensure that they can verify where the funds are going to when sending money and that if you have any suspicion at all contact either them or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 prior to sending the money.

Fire in Nicholson

Emergency crews including RCMP, BC Ambulance, and the Nicholson Fire Department responded to a residential fire in Nicholson on November 21. Minor damage was reported as a result of the fire. All occupants of the residence were assessed by BC Ambulance and released on scene with no injuries reported.

Traffic Services

On November 20 just after 2 a.m., police with the Golden RCMP Traffic Services Unit came across a semi-trailer on fire near the top of the 5 Mile Hill on Highway 1 just east of Golden. The driver was able to disconnect from the trailer, containing oranges, before the trailer was fully engulfed. Highway 1 was closed for approximately 2 hours while the fire subdued. No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

A 32 year-old male from Calgary had his vehicle impounded for 7 days after local traffic services police allege that he was travelling 150km/h in a 100km/h zone on November 13. The male was also ticketed for driving with a learners permit without a supervisor in the vehicle.

A 25 year-old male from Stettler, AB, had his company vehicle impounded for excessive speeding on November 22 after police allege that he was travelling 128km/h in the 80km/h zone on Highway 1 just east of Golden.

Multiple Fights at Hotel

Two females and a male, all from Golden were arrested on November 22 after police responded to a report of a fight at a local hotel just after 10 p.m.

Upon arrival police were advised that a fight had taken place between two females outside the hotel in which it was alleged that the one female pulled the hair of the other. Shortly after, a 35 year old male, and his 38 year-old girlfriend attended one of the hotel rooms where it was alleged that they kicked in the door and assaulted the two occupants in retaliation for the first fight.

The female who was accused of pulling the other’s hair was arrested for assault and released. The other female who allegedly entered the hotel room and assaulted one of the occupants of the room was also arrested and released. Both females are due to appear in court on January 12 to answer to the charges.

At the time of the media release, the male, who is known to police, was being held in custody to appear before a Justice of the Peace on charges of break & enter to commit an offence, assault, and mischief.