- Our Town
The week on the beat
The Cranbrook RCMP responded to 125 calls for service last week from March 6 to March 13.
• RCMP took two alcohol-impaired drivers off the road.
• Five collisions were reported; two inside city limits and three outside of town, including a fatality out near Wardner. All of the other accidents resulted in minor vehicle damage and/or minor injury.
• One hit and run was reported that included minor damage. The driver was identified and charged with failing to remain at the scene.
• Eight Mental Health calls were reported; no one was apprehended, but RCMP did assist in one case at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
• Seven assault complaints were reported; four were domestic in nature. In all cases, a person was arrested and will face assault charges.
• As previously reported, a man was shot in a targeted incident in the 2200 block of 2nd St. South on Saturday morning. The 23-year-old man sustained non life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. RCMP say the incident is likely a targeted event, rather than a random shooting, and that the public is not at risk.
• Also widely reported last week was an incident near Kootenay Orchards Elementary School where a young seven-year-old was grabbed by a man. She managed to escape his grasp and ran home, where her mom called RCMP. The man is described as possibly in his 40s, five-foot-eight to six feet tall, Caucasian with short brown hair, wearing jeans, T-shirt and runners. That investigation is ongoing; anyone with any information relating to this event is asked to contact the RCMP.
• Two thefts were reported; one was a shoplifting incident while the other was a motor vehicle taken without consent.
• No break and enters to businesses were reported, however, RCMP received two calls for B&Es to residences. One was unfounded, the other only showed damage to the door, but nothing stolen.
• Two calls to property damage, both related to issues between family members.
• Two arsons reported, one inside town and one outside town. Both appear suspicious and remain under investigation.
• Two drug seizures of marijuana and cocaine were reported.
• Ten false alarms/false 911 complaints were made.