Crime

Pair charged with trafficking cocaine, MDMA

Nelson Police charged man from Nelson and woman from New Denver with three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Two West Kootenay residents are facing charges for trafficking after Nelson Police found drugs in a vehicle during the execution of a traffic stop in the downtown core Tuesday (March 28) Sergeant Dino Falcone said in a media release Thursday.

Falcone said the arrest began when police officers pulled over a vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday with a male driver and female passenger.

"The 25 year-old male from Nelson was charged with three (3) counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking with what police believe is cocaine and MDMA," Falcone said.

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

RCMP catch break in jewelry store heist

Grand Forks RCMP were able to locate some of the items stolen from Florences Jewellery and Gifts during a theft in December 2016.

Detachment Commander at Grand Forks RCMP, Sgt. Jim Fenske said in a media release during the early morning December heist, an unknown suspect entered the store, stealing approximately $100,000 worth of jewelry.

At the time RCMP Forensic Identification members attended and recovered some evidence and video surveillance images.

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

Castlegar man loses motorcycle after first 20 km

A Castlegar man who made some poor decisions is now paying quite the price for them, according to RCMP Sgt. Chad Badry.

“On April 2, at 4:30 p.m., a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums,” Badry said in a press release Monday.

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

Motorcyclist loses bike after only 20 kilometers of riding

A man in his 40s will now need to wait until summer before mounting his motorcyle for a second time after losing his license for 90 days under the Immediate Roadside Prohibition program Sergeant Chad Badry of the West Kootenay Traffic and Integrated Road Safety Unit said in a media release Monday.

Badry said the incident happened Sunday afternoon near Thrums when a member of the West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit came across a 43-year-old male motorcyclist driving his brand new Harley Davidson in excess of 127km/h in an 80km/h zone on Highway 3A near Thrums.

RCMP arrest four suspects after Grand Forks schools vandalized

RCMP report John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary and Grand Forks Secondary were vandalized Monday.

Grand Forks RCMP made an arrest after three schools in the city were vandalized Monday.

The arrest came after officers responded to complaints at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary schools and Grand Forks Secondary.

The first complaint came in Monday (March 27) as RCMP responded to a complaint of mischief at John A. Hutton and Dr. D.A. Perley Elementary Schools in the Boundary City.

Woman charged after fentanyl found in Trail home

Woman charged after fentanyl found in Trail home

A 59-year-old Trail woman has been charged after police allegedly found fentanyl and cocaine in her home, according to RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

“In the early morning hours of March 25, members of the Trail RCMP Crime Reduction Team executed a search warrant on a residence on Topping Street,” Oelke said in a press release. “Police located substances believed to be cocaine and fentanyl along with evidence of trafficking at the Topping Street home.”

Oelke said in a later interview that no weapons, other than a pellet gun, were found in the search.

RCMP target drivers in Distracted Driving, Occupant Restraint Campaign

Current stats for 2017 show a whopping 98 cell phone tickets have been handed out by police. — Photo courtesy RCMP

Almost 100 drivers in the West Kootenay still are not getting the message that cellphone distraction has a similar effect on driving as alcohol.

Sergeant Chad Badry of the RCMP West Kootenay Traffic Services said in a media release Monday that during March West Kootenay Traffic and West Kootenay Integrated Road Safety Unit have been working with Traffic Services across the province to conduct a month long campaign combating distracted driving and ensuring occupant restraint compliance.

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

Police warn against falling into tax-time fraud

This, from Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Brett Turner, in response to recent complaints:

Every year, thousands of Canadians fall victim to fraud, losing millions of dollars. Most don't think it could happen to them, but fraudsters use sophisticated ways to target people of all ages. The impact of fraud on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating. Retirement savings, homes, businesses and, in some cases, lives have all been lost.

Fraudsters attempt to cheat public with CRA scam

RCMP warn of the public not to answer any of those emails that mimics the actual CRA.

As RCMP recognizes March as Fraud awareness month, and the fact that Canadians are locked into preparing their taxes, police would like to remind the public of the always problematic Canada Revenue Agency Scam.

RCMP said this scam involves an individual calling a person at home impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), claiming a recent audit has identified discrepancies from past filed taxes.

"The caller states that repayment is required immediately," the media release said.

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

COLUMN: Donations shenanigans

This past weekend the Globe and Mail reported that lobbyists in the province have been making political donations on behalf of their clients, effectively camouflaging the identity of the real donors and breaking B.C.'s Elections Act in the process.

On Sunday, Elections B.C. announced it was conducting an investigation into the Globe's findings. Five days later, the entire matter was referred to the RCMP.

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