New officer welcomed to Golden
The Golden-Field RCMP Detachment welcomed a new officer this week. Cpl. Mike Wilson started at the Golden Detachment on Tuesday, and will be one of two officers who supervise the General Duty section. The position was left vacant in January after then Cpl. Betty Watson was promoted to Sergeant.
Police seized a small amount of marijuana from a vehicle on May 2 after officers spotted a vehicle parked at a closed business on the Trans-Canada Highway.
“The vehicle stood out to officers so they decided to speak with the occupants,” said Cst. Spencer Lainchbury, spokesperson for the Golden-Field RCMP. “While speaking with the driver, an odor of fresh marijuana was detected and the vehicle was searched.”
Charges are not expected against the driver, a 19 year-old male from Regina.
Stolen bike recovered
A local resident was reunited with his stolen bicycle on May 3 after he found it outside a residence in Golden.
The bicycle was seized by police and returned to the rightful owner, who declined to pursue charges.
Single vehicle MVI
Police were called to a single vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway, west of Golden, during the early morning hours of May 4.
“We believe that the vehicle lost control while negotiating a curve, causing it to exit the roadway,” said Cst. Lainchbury. The driver, a 24 year-old male from Calgary, was transported by Ambulance to the Golden Hospital with minor injuries, and was later released.
Missing male located
Local police spent several hours this week trying to locate a male who was believed to have gone missing on May 4.
“We received a report that the male had been acting out of character, and had not been heard from in several days,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The male returned a few days later indicating that he had been staying with family, and was not in need of police or emergency assistance.”
Passenger reportedly spotted on roof of vehicle
Police are determining whether charges will be laid against the owner of a vehicle that was reported to have been driving down 10th Street South with a passenger on the roof. Officers were advised of the incident on May 6 and are still looking to speak with the owner of the vehicle.
Overdue pair found safe and sound
The Golden-Field RCMP received a request to check on the wellbeing of a father and his daughter who were camping near Parson, after they missed two scheduled phone calls on Monday and Wednesday.
Officers were able to locate the two, who were safe, and provided an explanation to police for missing the calls.
Information sought regarding attempted mail theft
Police are asking anyone with information regarding an attempted theft of mail from the community mailboxes on Reflection Lake Road to contact them, after receiving a report on May 6.
Those with information can contact the Golden-Field RCMP at 250-344-2221 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Fuel stolen on Frontage Road
On May 7, the Golden-Field RCMP were advised that a business located on the Trans-Canada Frontage Road had once again been victim of theft of fuel from vehicles parked on the lot.
“We have reviewed the surveillance footage to try and determine who may be responsible,” said Cst. Lainchbury.
Police are looking to identify three males, who appeared to be driving an older model Ford Taurus sedan. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact local police or Crimestoppers.
Group fires guns at public campground
Police responded to a report of a group of campers shooting guns at a public campsite near Donald on May 7.
“Other users of the campsite were concerned that the guns were being used in a populated area where other campers were staying,” said Cst. Lainchbury. “The group, who was co-operative with police, was given a warning regarding the use of firearms in populated areas, and agreed to keep the firearms stored for the remainder of their stay.”
Youth given two alcohol-related fines
A local youth received two separate fines on May 8 after police allege that he was a minor travelling in a vehicle with open liquor.
“A traffic stop was conducted with the vehicle on 11th Avenue North, and a case of beer was located with one can opened in the backseat,” said Cst. Lainchbury.
The driver, also a youth from Golden was given a warning for several other Motor Vehicle Act infractions.
Citizens on Patrol volunteers needed
The Golden-Field RCMP is currently looking for volunteers to join the Citizens on Patrol and Speed Watch groups.
“Volunteers with each group work with police to report incidents observed relating to criminal and traffic offences,” said Cst. Lainchbury.
Over the past few years both groups have seen a substantial decline in volunteers and the programs are at risk of folding.
“We can’t be everywhere all the time, so having volunteers acting as an extra set of eyes and ears helps us out immensely.” Anyone interested in volunteering for either group can contact Cst. Diddams at the Golden RCMP Detachment.
Pair of vehicles caught travelling at 184 km/h
Officers with Golden’s Traffic Services unit impounded five vehicles for excessive speed this week, which included a pair of vehicles travelling at an alleged speed of 184 km/h through a 90 km/h zone near Field.
The driver of the vehicles travelling 184km/h, a 58 year-old from Red Deer and a 61 year-old male from Edgemont, received fines of $483.