During the period of Friday, October 26 to Thursday, November 1, 2012, the Castlegar RCMP responded to 102 complaints. This period includes the weekend leading up to and including Gate Night and Halloween Night. Police officers dealt with a significant number of mischief related files as well dealt with several incidents involving alcohol and youth.
File# 2012-3830 On Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7:41 am, Castlegar RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at the Castlegar Airport where ten vehicle windshields had been damaged by what appears to have been a pellet gun. Damages appear to have occurred sometime overnight.
File 2012-3852 On Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 8:50 am, Castlegar RCMP responded to a complaint in the 3400 block of 9th Avenue of a vehicle that had its sunroof smashed sometime overnight.
On the evening of Sunday, October 28, 2012, the Castlegar RCMP responded to five calls for service in and around the 3rd street/Columbia Avenue area of downtown concerning youth and liquor related offences. Police were kept busy conducting patrols at the teen dance that was hosted by the Element bar. One 16 year old Castlegar male found himself being issued a violation ticket for being intoxicated in public and for urinating on buildings. Alcoholic beverages were seized and several youth were escorted to their residences by police, without charges..
File 2012-3895 On Monday, October 30, 2012 at 11:55 pm, (Gate Night), police conducted a traffic stop on Columbia Avenue/Christina Place that resulted in the arrest of four individuals found in possession of a controlled substance. A violation ticket was also issued for open liquor in a motor vehicle. A 28 year old male Castlegar male, 24 year old Castlegar male, 21 year old Nelson male and a 19 year old Castlegar female are scheduled to appear in Court for their first appearance on December 19th, 2012 in Castlegar.
File 2012-3904 On October 31st, 2012 at 7:34 pm, police responded to several complaints of fireworks being set off as well as a fire that had been started on the roadway in the Grandview Heights area. Two Castlegar youth (ages 15 and 16) were located in the area and found in possession of a “mischief kit” containing a bottle of gasoline, fireworks and several eggs. There were no damages noticed by police. Both youth were escorted and placed into the care of their parents. Charges have not been laid in this instance.
File 2012-3918 The uptown area (1900 block of Columbia Avenue) of Castlegar was victim to several mischief occurrences to businesses. Eight businesses were spray painted sometime during Halloween night between the hours of midnight to 0400 am. Silver and yellow paint were used by the suspects spraying the graffiti marks “TNR-4-LYFE”. “BK”, “TRU NORTH REBELS” “204″ and “WPG-4-LYFE”on the exterior walls and property of these businesses. Police are actively reviewing the video surveillance in efforts of identifying the suspects. Any information that can assist the police in this investigation are asked to contact the Castlegar RCMP or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.