In 2009 the RCMP followed rare birds and found a grow op in an abandoned sawmill. This winter, police followed the whiff of B.C. bud and found a new grow op in the same sawmill. The birds were there too.
The find started with an unrelated traffic check stop along an area of Highway 6 and the right wind blowing resulted in the search of a rural property near Midway.
A four month investigation, dubbed Project E-NARTHEX, undertaken by the Castlegar Crime Reduction Unit has resulted in police identifying six drug traffickers in connection with a number of offences under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
Two burglars caught while breaking into a Castlegar business were given three-month sentences, reports the Nelson Star.
The two men broke into businesses in Nelson and were spotted breaking into a Castlegar business before they were caught.
The RCMP have laid second degree murder charges against a Cranbrook woman over the May 2011 death of a 19-month-old girl, reports the CBC.
Tammy Marion Bouvette, 28, called emergency responders who arrived at her home and found the toddler face down in a bathtub.
The Creston RCMP are looking into two robberies they think were done by the same man over two days.
On Friday, Oct. 21 – at approximately 9 p.m., the Creston RCMP attended to a report of an armed robbery to the Subway restaurant located on Canyon Street. It was reported that a male suspect entered the business while armed with a knife, and demanded money from an employee.
The RCMP seized a helicopter they suspect was smuggling cocaine into Canada, reports Greg Nesteroff for the Nelson Star.
Police didn’t have enough evidence to charge the 33-year-old owner of the aircraft, which was often spotted over Lumby and also operated in the Revelstoke and Invermere area.
Firefighters with the Canyon-Lister Fire Department had six fires to put out in one day this Sunday, and the local fire chief thinks they were deliberately set, reports Lorne Eckersley for the Creston Valley Advance.
The fires were set within a 400 yard area, says Glenn Guthrie, the local fire chief. His department had five fires over the previous 30 days as well, though Sunday’s fires were the largest.
Last year the Silver Ledge Hotel in Ainsworth burned to the ground and this week the judge hearing the case allowed incriminating statements to be used as evidence, reports Greg Nesteroff for the Nelson Star.
Randy Hanoski is charged with setting the June 2010 fire. His defence lawyer challenged the admissibility of statements Hanoski made in the back of a police cruiser.
According to a new page on the RCMP’s website, they’ve busted all of two grow ops in the Kootenays over the past two years.
The RCMP launched the Marijuana Grow Initiative page yesterday, Wednesday, Sept. 21, and provide the addresses of grow ops they’ve dismantled under the authority of a search warrant. The page is broken down by province and under B.C. two grow ops, one in Wyndell and the other in Salmo, are listed.
Bike thieves beware, Operation Hands Off is deploying bait bikes throughout the Kootenays in a joint effort with Nelson police and the RCMP to crack down on bike theft.
Bait bikes will be deployed in many popular locations. The bikes are equipped with tracking devices and hidden cameras to record the theft. “Thieves can be sure of a one way ticket to jail” said Pat Cowman, director of the Operation Hands Off program.