Tickets, impaireds, vandalism - and rain, rain, rain.
Police are reporting … well, not much of anything, after inclement weather washed out most of the activity normally expected during the summer’s first long weekend.
Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff said people were out and about, and roadblocks saw a great deal of activity, but otherwise there wasn’t a ton of stuff going on.
“Between June 28 and July 2, we issued nine violation tickets, one 12-hour suspension, one three-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP), four 90-day IRPs (which are the result of blowing a ‘fail’ on the breathalyzer), and two 24-hour suspensions.”
She said also the rain didn’t completely wash away the sometimes-dangerous mischief often expected in the days after school breaks for the summer – a member was driving down Columbia Avenue on Canada Day at roughly 10 p.m., and noticed someone had taken the cones and barriers from a construction area near Anderson Insurance and had re-situated them in front of Kootenay Market, blocking off Columbia Avenue.
“She moved them back, but about an hour later, we got a call from a complainant that they’d been moved again,” Postnikoff said, adding blocking off a major thoroughfare late at night had the potential to be very dangerous – much like the next day’s stunt.
“On July 2, we got a report that someone had placed logs across the train tracks behind the Castlegar Recreation Complex,” she said. “That may seem like a harmless prank, but the potential consequences are huge.”
She said the change in weather should have the city seeing more seasonal police activity, as summer really gets into full swing.
If you need to report a crime or see suspicious behavior, contact the local RCMP detachment at 250-365-7721.