RCMP Report: Coop catches fire in Blaeberry

Police responded to a fire in the Blaeberry among other files this week.

Chicken Coop Fire

The Golden-Field RCMP were called to respond to a fire in the Blaeberry on August 10 where it was reported that a large chicken coop had caught fire and was fully engulfed in flames.

“The fire occurred outside the fire protection area, which results in police being dispatched to ensure that everyone on the property is safe,” said local RCMP spokesperson Cst. Spencer Lainchbury. The BC Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources were also advised of the fire which resulted in arrangements being made to have the Golden Fire-Rescue and Nicholson Fire Department attend to ensure the fire didn’t spread to surrounding forest.

Disturbance at Hotel

Police were called to respond to a disturbance on August 10 after guests staying at a local motel reported hearing screaming coming from another room. Upon attendance police were not able to locate anyone inside the room however a lone male returned sometime later resulting in a drawn out confrontation with police.

“The male was displaying behaviour that caused the responding police officer to fear for their safety,” stated Cst. Lainchbury.

Additional police responded along with BC Conservation officers, and the male was arrested without incident. “After speaking with the male it became apparent to police that he was suffering from mental health issues, and required medical intervention.” The male was transported to the Golden Hospital where he was assessed by a doctor, and then transferred to Cranbrook for further psychiatric assessment.

Payphone Destroyed

On August 11 police were advised that someone had smashed the payphone at a local gas station on the Trans-Canada Highway overnight. Surveillance footage shows a male in a silver car pull up to the gas station and walk towards the pay phone. Police believe that the male may be associated to an unrelated file from the previous night but are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Roommate Steals Vehicle

The Golden-Field RCMP were called on August 11 after a male reported that his roommate had stolen his vehicle overnight.

“Police are continuing to investigate but at this time the vehicle is still unaccounted for,” said Cst. Lainchbury.

Teenage Prank Call

Police were called on August 11 after receiving a report that a female had called a house line and told the resident “I need help.” Police were able to trace the call to a house in Nicholson where it was determined that the call was placed as a prank during a teenager’s birthday party.

Motorcycle Accident

Police and BC Ambulance responded to a collision on Highway 1 near Heather Mountain Lodge on August 12 after it was reported to them that a motorcyclist had lost control of his bike. Upon attendance police noted that the bike had tipped over and slid for several feet. The driver was transported to the Golden Hospital with minor injuries.

Woman seeks help

A female was transported to hospital by BC Ambulance on August 12 after police received a report that she may be suicidal. As in all reports of this nature, police responded ensuring that the female was assessed by a doctor.

Assault in Spirit Square

The Golden-Field RCMP are asking that any witnesses who may have seen an assault occur in Spirit Square on Wednesday night contact them, after it was reported that a male was hit over the head with a beer bottle.

“Police were conducting patrols in the area and flagged down by a pedestrian advising that someone had just smashed a glass beer bottle over her friend’s head,” said Cst. Lainchbury. The male was treated for minor injuries however the suspect fled on foot. Police can be reached at 250-344-2221 or you can provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Bridge Jumper

Police were called to a disturbance on August 12 where it was reported that a 19 year-old female may be trying to jump off the pedestrian bridge in Spirit Square.

Police officers were already in the area dealing with another complaint and immediately located the female and a group of friends drinking vodka at the end of the bridge.

The female denied that she had been attempting to jump off the bridge and confirmed that she was not suicidal. The group was asked to dump the alcohol they had been drinking and departed.

Minutes later the same police officer saw a vehicle related to the 19 year-old female drive by them on 10th Avenue North. A traffic stop was conducted and the female failed two roadside alcohol screening devices tests resulting in her losing her licence for 90 days and having her vehicle impounded for 30 days under the Motor Vehicle Acts Immediate Roadside Prohibition program.

Vodka Hidden in Pocket

A 25 year-old male from Alberta was issued a ticket for consuming alcohol in public after police spoke with a group of three males in Spirit Square after bar close Saturday morning.

The group was co-operative with police however as they walked away a glass fell out of one of the guys’ pockets smashing on the ground. The male admitted that he had been hiding his vodka drink in his pocket while police spoke with him. The male was asked to clean up the area and issued a $230 ticket for having open alcohol in public.


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