Ashcroft police blotter

Low-tech rock removal, phantom deer, and senseless vandalism

Sidewalk for walking, not sleeping

July 27 at 1 am, police received a call from the Cache Creek Husky regarding a male passed out on the sidewalk in front of the building. Police attended and found several beer cans – some empty, some full – on the sidewalk beside the man, who was not a local resident. An ambulance was called, and paramedics determined the man was not in danger and did not need to be hospitalized. He was arrested for being drunk in a public place, and kept in the cell until he had sobered up. When he was arrested, a search revealed a small amount of marijuana on his person. The drugs were seized, and no charges were laid.

Low tech, but effective

July 27 at 10:20 pm, police received a complaint about rocks on the road on Hwy. 97C. Police attended, and dealt with the problem by kicking the rocks off the road.

Not considering the consequences

July 28 at 5:30 pm, an off-duty Ashcroft RCMP member was shopping at the BC Liquor Store on 3rd Street in Ashcroft. He noticed that another man in the store, a resident of Ashcroft, was under conditions which prohibit him being in a liquor store or other establishment which primarily sells alcohol, and prohibits him purchasing alcohol. The off-duty member confronted the male about the conditions. In response, the male proceeded to purchase beer and leave the store. The officer returned to the detachment, where he confirmed that the conditions prohibiting the man from being in a liquor store and purchasing alcohol were still in force. Charges against the man have been forwarded.

Un-paying guest

July 29 at 11:50 am, police responded to a call regarding an unwanted guest who had set up a tent just north of the Good Knight Inn in Cache Creek, near the creek. When police arrived they found the male, who was from Hope, very confrontational. However, he eventually packed up his tent and said he was leaving the area, and going to Kamloops for a swim. He subsequently departed as promised.

Olympic wrestling enthusiasm starts early?

July 29 at 9:30 pm, police received a report of what the caller described as a fight on the Ashcroft Reserve. Police attended and found several intoxicated males in the residence. Police spoke to all parties, who confirmed that they were taking part in a good-natured wrestling match, not a fight. Two of the men had sustained very minor injuries, but it was determined that it was not necessary to call an ambulance. No charges were laid.

Not abandoned, so nothing police can do

July 30 at 9:45 am, Ashcroft RCMP received a report of an abandoned vehicle near the power lines on the hillside just off Hwy. 1 near Walhachin. The blue van has been there for at least a year, and it is not the first time police have dealt with someone reporting it as abandoned. They have investigated and determined that the vehicle is not stolen, and is on private property, so there is nothing they can do about it.

No need for speed

July 30 at 6:30 pm, RCMP patrolling near Cornwall Rd. and Hwy. 1 near Ashcroft Manor noticed a vehicle driving at 154 km/hr in a marked 100 km/h zone. The female driver, who was from Vancouver, had her vehicle impounded for seven days and was fined for excessive speed.

All’s well that ends well

July 31 at 2:30 pm, a woman from Vancouver called at the Ashcroft detachment to report that she had lost her purse while in Cache Creek, at either the Grubstake or the Chevron. She had gone back and searched both locations, but could not find her purse. On Aug. 1 a passer-by found the purse, with contents intact, at the side of the road near 16 Mile. The woman was informed that her purse had been found, and picked it up at the detachment.

Phantom deer?

July 31 at 9:40 pm, police received a call from a passer-by to say that a vehicle had hit a deer some 32 km. south of Cache Creek on Hwy. 1. Police patrolled between Cache Creek and Spences Bridge, but could find no trace of either a damaged vehicle or an injured/dead deer.

Senseless vandalism

On Aug. 1, a male from Vancouver who was staying at the Sage Hill motel in Cache Creek attended the Ashcroft detachment to report that his vehicle had been vandalized. The windshield wiper blade on the passenger side had been ripped off, and had then been used to scratch the car’s hood. There were no witnesses, and there are no suspects at this time.

Barbara Roden