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By Trail Champion on Thursday Aug 24 2017

A suspect being held in Trail RCMP cells has be re-arrested and charged with new crimes, according to Acting Sgt. Devon Reid.

Reid said the 25-year-old Trail man was arrested on Aug. 22 after a series of crimes over a 24-hour period (beginning Monday) saw the man allegedly commit arson, assault causing bodily harm, uttering threats and break-and-enter to a residence in Trail, in four separate incidents.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

The Southeast Fire Centre issued a media release Wednesday about a lightning-caused fire is burning about 1.5 kilometres south of the Canada-U.S. border.

The wildfire is burning about 18 kilometres southwest of the community of Newgate and about 65 kilometres southeast of Cranbrook.

"The size of this fire is currently estimated at 178 hectares and smoke is highly visible from Newgate, Lake Koocanusa and surrounding areas," the Southeast Fire Centre said.

"The U.S. Forest Service is currently fighting this fire with the support of airtankers."

By Contributor on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

On Friday when mounties make business calls, they’re not looking for hard criminals, they’re looking for local law abiding citizens who’ve been snitched on by their friends or coworkers.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

A 26-year-old Trail man is behind bars with a laundry list of charges, according to Trail Acting Sgt. Devon Reid.

He said the charges stem from four separate incidents that occurred over the course of two days.

“He’s charged with Arson, Uttering Threats, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, and Break-and-Enter,” Reid said.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man remains in police custody after being arrested in connection with a rash of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

Two vehicles, a boat and a motorhome were destroyed in a fire yesterday afternoon in Fruitvale, according to KBRFR Cpt. Ryan Smyth.

He said the call came in at 2:58 p.m., and crews arrived at the private residence 3:01 p.m. Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale crews responded.

Upon arrival, they found all four vehicles fully engulfed in flames, Smyth said.

They had the fire controlled by 3:57 p.m.

“The cause is unknown at this time, that’s under investigation,” Smyth said.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Aug 23 2017

What appears to be a bizarre home invasion/attempted arson early Tuesday morning has a local Trail woman completely rattled, and warning her fellow residents to lock their doors.

Angela Lamoureux, mother of three, said her children had gone to their father’s home, and she and her husband had indulged in several drinks before bedtime.

“We went to bed, and I got up this morning at 7 a.m. because the dogs were barking – that’s not unusual, they bark when they see someone outside.”

She said the first thing she noticed upon waking was an unusual odour.

By Trail Champion on Tuesday Aug 22 2017

A fire on East Street this morning saw 16 firefighters from Warfield and Trail struggling to contain the blaze, according to KBRFR Cpt. Ryan Smyth.

The call came in at 4:33 a.m. and fire crews arrived at 1674 East Street in Trail at 4:39 a.m.

“When crews arrived on scene, there was heavy black smoke showing from the home,” Smyth said. “Crews had a tough time, as they were facing exploding propane tanks and downed power lines.”

The incident was under control by 6:15 a.m.

The fire is considered suspicious in nature and RCMP are investigating.

By Trail Champion on Monday Aug 21 2017

Police have arrested a Trail man in connection with a rash of thefts from vehicles in the area, according to Trail RCMP Acting Sgt. Devon Reid.

“On Aug. 21 … Trail RCMP located and arrested a 30-year-old male for at least six offences stemming from the theft of items from unlocked motor vehicles in the Trail, Fruitvale and Montrose areas,” Reid said. “The offences include Possession of Stolen Property, Theft of a Credit Card, Use of a stolen Credit Card and Theft Under $5,000.

By Nelson Daily Staff on Monday Aug 21 2017

The Regional District of Central Kootenay is reducing the Evacuation Order in the McCormick Creek wildfire area to an Evacuation Alert, commencing Tuesday (August 22) at 6 p.m.

The decision comes after close consultation between the RDCK and BC Wildfire Service.

“Residents will be allowed to return to their homes at 6 p.m. (Tuesday),” the RDCK Emergency Operations Centre said in a media release Monday.

“Structural Protection Unit crews need unimpeded access to properties to safely remove their equipment from the area.”

By Castlegar Source on Friday Aug 18 2017

A motorcyclist is lucky to be alive today after hitting a moose on Hwy 3 just east of Castlegar, according to Ootischenia Deputy Fire chief Len Coates.

Coates said the call came in at 12:29 p.m., and crews arrived on scene to find BCAS and RCMP already at work.

“The motorcyclist hit a moose and went over a 60-foot embankment on his motorcycle,” Coates said. “The other motorcyclist (the brother of the first) swerved and dumped his bike, then walked down the bank to help his brother.

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