August 3-6, 2012 inclusive
The Castlegar RCMP responded to 70 calls for service over the second long weekend of summer. The calls were routine in nature and consisted mainly of traffic related incidents, liquor related offences and bylaw infractions. There were two 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibitions, two three day IRPs and 16 violation tickets issued contrary to the Motor Vehicle Act. Police would like to remind motorists that should they still have studded tires on their vehicles, they are to be removed immediately. The deadline for the removal of studded tires was April 1.
August 3 Castlegar File 2012-2678
The weekend kicked off with an anonymous caller advising that there were marihuana plants located in the Castlegar Community Garden located along 5th Avenue. Castlegar RCMP attended and seized two healthy marihuana plants that were approximately three feet in height located amongst the tomato plants. It is unknown if this was a prank or if someone took it upon themselves to simply plant the marihuana plants for their own personal use. The plants have been destroyed and there are no suspects at this time. Police would like to thank the complainant for this information.
August 5 Castlegar Files 2012-2722, 2730, 2731 and 2742
RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at the Twin Rivers Elementary School. Eight newly planted trees at the rear of the school had been uprooted. This is disturbing as it is the fourth time that this has happened in a two day period. The trees get replanted only to be uprooted again by the culprit(s). The trees are now in poor condition and it is unlikely they will survive. Should anyone have any information on these files, they are urged to contact the Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721 or Crime stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (7477).
August 6 02:33 hours Castlegar File number 2012-2735
RCMP received a complaint of a vehicle being driven in an erratic manner in the early hours of the morning. The vehicle was spotted by police a short time later traveling through the community on Columbia Avenue at high speed. The vehicle eventually stopped for police on Highway 3 and was determined a short time later to have been stolen. The 17 year old male who cannot be named as he is a young person, has been charged with Theft under $5,000- Section 334(b) Criminal Code, Flight from a Police Officer – Section 249.1(1) Criminal Code, Possession of Property obtained by a Crime under $5,000-Section 354(1)(a) Criminal Code and Fail to comply Undertaking-Section 139(1) Youth Criminal Justice Act. The Youth was also issued a 90 day Immediate Roadside Prohibition and issued a Violation Ticket for Fail to Produce a drivers licence and driving contrary to restrictions. The Youth appeared in Court on August 7, 2012 and has been remanded in custody until his next court appearance on September 5, 2012.