Submitted by Sgt. G.D.SIMPSON
Clearwater RCMP responded to 33 calls for service over this past week. A few of the more interesting ones are described herein:
A 39 year-old Vancouver man called Clearwater RCMP to report that sometime overnight someone had entered a small cabin on his in-laws property on Ferry Road in Blackpool and taken their laptop.
The laptop had no battery and some of the keys don’t work so not really worth anything.
A turkey and bags of frozen cherries were also taken from the freezer.
The complainant also reported that at 3 a.m. on Nov. 20, a man showed up at their residence banging on the door, waking everyone up asking for $40.00 so he could get to Kamloops because his wife was taken to the hospital that evening.
Apparently this man also lives on Ferry Rd, just down from the complainants in-laws’ place.
He thought this was pretty strange and didn’t like the fact that if he and his wife were not at the house visiting, his in-laws would have been home alone.
Investigation is ongoing and police are asking anyone with further information to contact them or Crime Stoppers if wishing to remain anonymous.
At 5:34 a.m., a 43 year-old Chilliwack man reported that he had put his blue 2012 Kenworth, and white 2003 utility dry van, into the ditch on the north side of Messiter Summit, Blue River
The road way was covered in slush and it was snowing heavily.
The incident occurred on the downhill grade for northbound and a single left hand corner.
Both vehicles registered to a BC Transport company. Both were towed by a local heavy tow company. The driver was transported by EHS to Clearwater Hospital for back pain.
The load being transported was mail so police stayed on scene until a Canada Post representative arrived on scene for unloading and transfer of the cargo to another transport vehicle.
While en route, police noted EHS travelling southbound. Police stopped EHS to speak with the driver who advised he had been travelling at 80 km/h, caught slush on the right hand side of the vehicle, which pulled him into the ditch.
He was indicating he had back pain. After a thorough police investigation police determined that no Violation Ticket would be issued due to the contributing environmental factors.
There were also no independent witnesses.
At 5:33 p.m., multiple first responder organizations including; Little Fort Fire Dept., Blackpool Highway Rescue, BC Ambulance, and Wells Grey Search and Rescue responded to reports of a single vehicle collision where the vehicle had rolled over an embankment on an unmarked back-road in the Little Fort area.
One occupant was reported to be still trapped in the vehicle and another was suffering unknown injuries, but was outside the vehicle at the bottom of a roughly 50 foot ravine.
The location was quite remote and the road rough enough, that the ambulance, and highway rescue truck could not get anywhere near the scene.
Responders transferred equipment to pickups and other 4×4 vehicles to transport themselves and their equipment to the scene where the two injured parties were successfully extricated from the vehicle and ravine and then transported by pickup truck back to a staging area where more responders were waiting to transport them to hospital in Kamloops.
The situation was challenging, due to the location, terrain, significant injuries, and time of day (already being dark.)
All the responders worked together diligently to ensure the occupants of the vehicle, not only survived their traumatic crash, but did not suffer any further injury.
Without the assistance of these groups the situation would likely have ended very differently.
The Clearwater RCMP want to extend our utmost appreciation to everyone who responded to this collision, regardless of their roles or capacity. Your dedication, and desire to help wherever possible, does not go unnoticed.
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.