RCMP Report: Police investigating arson case

RCMP responded to a possible case of arson among other files this week.

  • Apr. 7, 2015 8:00 p.m.

Two accidents on Mar. 30

The Golden-Field RCMP responded to two separate collisions which occurred within minutes of each other on the morning of Mar. 30. The first collision occurred on Highway 95, near Schiesser Road, south of Golden.

“It’s believed that the driver and single occupant of the vehicle, lost control, going off the highway and down an embankment,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury with the Golden-Field RCMP. Members of Golden Fire-Rescue and BC Ambulance also responded and were able to extract the 73-year-old driver who was transported to the Golden Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The second collision occurred on Highway 1, near Wapta Falls. RCMP attended and were advised by the driver that she had swerved to miss animals on the road, also causing the vehicle to go off the highway, before rolling several times. The driver in the second incident was not injured.

Alleged case of arson

Police are investigating after a fire was deliberately set inside a residence under construction on Selkirk hill.

“Sometime between 6:30 p.m. on March 30 and 6:30 a.m. on March 31, someone entered the garage of the house, starting a small fire,” Cst. Lainchbury advised. “As this is the second incident of vandalism on the property in recent weeks, the owner is looking at installing cameras on the property, and additional patrols will be made by police.” Police would like to speak with anyone who may have information regarding this incident, and can be contacted at 250-344-2221 or anonymously through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

More fraudulent letters

Police are warning people to take a second look at their mail after a local resident reported receiving a letter from the Canada Revenue Agency for GST Registration. The letter contained a business GST registration with the male’s correct name, social insurance number, and address on it for a business that was not his, nor one he ever heard of. Upon contacting the Canada Revenue Agency, the male was advised to contact police. “This is just one of many methods that criminals are using to gain personal information to scam people out of money,” said Cst. Lainchbury. If you have been a victim of fraud, or want additional information on different scams you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit their website: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca.

Alleged dog bite

Police were called to a rural residence on two separate occasions this week after it was alleged that a dog ran at and bit a small child. The boy was reportedly not injured, and police spoke with the owner of the dog, reminding her that she needed to ensure that her animals either remained on a leash, or inside her house until she was able to build a fence. Police will be monitoring the animal and should further reports be received, an animal control officer will be called to assist with the investigation and determine if the dog is to be considered dangerous.

Avalanche in Yoho

On Apr. 4, RCMP received an emergency SPOT Beacon near Whaleback Mountain, in Yoho National Park. Parks Canada responded and determined that a skier had sustained minor injuries after an avalanche. The 45-year-old male from Calgary, AB, was airlifted out of the area and brought to an ambulance waiting in Lake Louise.

Suspicious vehicle?

Police were quick to respond to a report of a suspicious vehicle parked on 8th Avenue South during the early morning hours of April 5. The dark vehicle was reportedly parked in front of a residence causing some suspicion with the homeowner. Upon being dispatched to the file, police were able to determine that the suspicious vehicle was actually an unmarked police cruiser.

Collision near Field

On Apr. 5, police responded to a collision involving three vehicles on Highway 1, approximately 5 kms west of Field. Police believe that the westbound truck, which was pulling a trailer, lost control colliding with two eastbound vehicles. One male sustained minor injuries and was transported by BC Ambulance to the Golden Hospital for further assessment.

Excessive speeding

Three vehicles were impounded under the Motor Vehicle Act this week after police alleged that the drivers were excessively speeding. Members of the Golden RCMP Traffic Services Unit were conducting radar enforcement, and found the vehicles travelling at 115 km/h in a 60 km/h zone, 142 km/h in a 90 km/h zone, and 155 km/h in a 90 km/h zone. One driver was also charged for not having a driver’s licence. Under the Motor Vehicle Act, anyone charged with excessive speeding can receive either a $368 or $483 ticket depending on the speed.

Erratic driving

During the month of March, the Golden-Field RCMP received over 50 calls regarding erratic driving both in town and on the highways.

“Traffic complaints are one of the calls that we can expect almost daily, and increase during high traffic periods such as long weekends and special events,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “We would like to remind motorists to keep a safe distance when travelling behind other vehicles, and ensure that they are driving in a manner that is safe for both themselves, and other people on the roadway.”