Submitted by G.D. Simpson
At 8:31 p.m., Clearwater RCMP received a call from a 31-year-old Vavenby man reporting two suspicious males near his property in the 5000 block of Otter Creek FSR in Vavenby, B.C. The complainant stated that a Ford van, two-tone brown and silver in colour, was near his property and he was unsure why.
The van was described as half full of pitbulls, with a bald driver and a passenger wearing a cowboy hat. The complainant stated that there was a pitbull-looking dog two kilometres down the road from their place and he was concerned they were letting the dogs out into the wild.
Cst. Lockwood attended and located the van, which was registered to another Vavenby male. The van owner stated that he and a friend had lost their pregnant dog and they were frantically looking for it. The complainant was contacted again, who advised that the dog was on his property previously.
The dog owners went to the complainant’s property and attempted to look for the dog with negative results. The dog was later located by its owners up on the FSR five kilometres from the residence. All parties were appreciative of members Cst. Lockwood’s assistance in this missing canine caper.
Clearwater RCMP received a call at 9:17 a.m. from the supervisor of a highway construction crew, working in the 400 Block of Highway 5, near Clearwater, B.C. A large transport truck had just blown through traffic signs and almost hit construction workers. The truck was headed southbound but pulled over inside the construction area. The driver was still with the vehicle.
The truck was described as a black semi, pulling fuel tankers. Cst. Van Woudenberg attended and located the truck in the construction zone. He spoke to both the construction management on scene as well as the driver who admitted to making a mistake, stating he thought the other cars in front of him were turning off, so he went into the passing lane to go around them, not realizing until he saw oncoming traffic that he was in the wrong.
Construction management stated the truck driver came through the area doing 60 to 80 km/h. A violation ticket for Drive Without Due Care was issued. Cst. Blacklock of BC Highway Patrol contacted Cst. Van Woundenberg wanting to speak with the truck driver as well. He remained until Cst. Blacklock arrived.
Clearwater RCMP responded to 54 calls for service this past week.
Sgt. G.D. Simpson is the detachment commander at the Clearwater RCMP detachment. Anyone with information on a crime is encouraged to call Clearwater RCMP at 250-674-2237 or, to report anonymously, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.