The Creston RCMP station is located on 16th Avenue South.

The Creston RCMP station is located on 16th Avenue South.

Creston RCMP arrest a dozen for drugs on their way to Shambhala Music Festival

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  • Aug. 13, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Creston RCMP responded to 102 calls for service from Aug. 4-10, Staff Sgt. Bob Gollan said on a busy Monday afternoon.

Police were coping with heavy traffic and occasionally erratic drivers heading home from the Shambhala music festival when they were called to a head-on crash on Highway 3 in Yahk. One fatality, a 57-year-old Creston woman, was reported, and her male travelling companion was taken to hospital by air ambulance with undisclosed injuries. The four travellers in the other vehicle were uninjured.


Police Beat

August 4

•A hit and run investigation is underway in a rare accident involving two motorcycles. One biker was attempting a turn when he was clipped by an oncoming cyclist on Highway 3. The offending driver then drove off, but not before dropping a wallet containing identification indicating he is from Grande Prairie, Alta.

•When a patrolling officer pulled a driver over for failing to obey a stop sign, he learned that the driver was prohibited from doing so. He was arrested and later released on conditions with a pending court appearance.

•A staggering female was reported to have been picked up by a vehicle on Erickson Road but police were unable to locate it.

•Logging equipment was vandalized on the Kane Creek Forest Service Road near Yahk.

•A male was reported to be behaving strangely near Summit Creek in an apparent attempt to get help to jumpstart his vehicle.

•Four subjects were arrested at the Kingsgate border crossing en route to the Shambhala Music Festival near Salmo. A quantity of illegal drugs was seized and they face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

August 5

•A rock was thrown at the weigh scales office at the Highway 3/95 junction.

•Police were called to a child custody dispute on Cedar Street.

•A parked Chevrolet Blazer was hit by a truck and camper on 11th Avenue North.

•Two outdoor marijuana grow-ops were taken down, one on Weasel Creek Forest Service Road and the other near Sanca Creek. Coincidentally, each had 91 mature plants.

•A church window on 16th Avenue North was broken by a thrown object.

•A dispute over the sale of a horse was reported from Highway 3A.

•Four more Shambhala-bound people were arrested at the Kingsgate border crossing for possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

•A camera was found near Highway 3A at Banana Bay.

•A person reported missing in Kelowna was found to be alive and well in Creston.

•A blue six-speed Kona bicycle was stolen from Eighth Avenue South. It has black handlebars and a bent rear wheel.

•A wallet found on Canyon Street was returned to its owner.

•A report was made about an erratic driver on 10th Avenue North who nearly struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

•Two Shambhala-bound subjects were arrested at the Kingsgate border crossing for possession of drugs. They were released on a promise to appear in court.

•A male in a motorized scooter reportedly stuck in Millennium Park was rescued by a Good Samaritan.

August 6

•A live bullet was found near a Birch Street residence.

•Backpackers reported to be missing in the Goat River Forest Service Road area were located unharmed by search and rescue volunteers.

•Parents of youths reported to be riding ATVs without helmets and shooting guns on Granary Road were spoken to.

•The company that owns a maroon semi reported to be driving erratically on Erickson Road was notified.

•A yard fire reported near Highway 3 was referred to the fire department.

•An erratic driver reported on Lower Wynndel Road was not located.

•A stove covered with an orange tarp was stolen from a Cavell Street backyard.

•Two Shambhala-bound females were arrested at the Kingsgate border crossing for possession of controlled substances and later released on bail.

•Police were called to a dispute over pay between four cherry pickers and an employer on 25th Avenue South.

August 7

•Adults showering in their underwear in the splash playground in Centennial Park were advised to leave.

•A Husqvarna chainsaw was stolen from Erickson Road.

•Phone threats were made to Rykerts border crossing officials after a male was refused entry from the U.S.

•A blue-grey mountain bike with a torn seat was stolen on Canyon Street.

•A male passed out in a Canyon Street parking lot and was taken to hospital. A short time later he was back causing a disturbance on Canyon Street and arrested. He was released when sober.

•A person reported to be breaking into a 23rd Avenue South residence turned out to be a resident who forgot her keys.

August 8

•Another dispute between cherry pickers who wanted to be paid by an unwilling grower required police presence on Canyon-Lister Road.

•A male causing a disturbance on Highway 3 was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and held in cells until sober.

•A male was given a three-day driving prohibition for driving after consuming alcohol.

•A pedestrian who complained to dog walkers about not picking up the animals’ feces on 16th Avenue reported being threatened.

•After a noise complaint was received from 20th Avenue South the offenders left the area but left their vehicle behind. It was towed.

August 9

•Police are investigating a report of a dog being killed in its yard in Crawford Bay.

•A black-striped orange Mustang was reported to be driving at excessive speeds on 20th Street.

•Shots were reported to have been fired near the Highway 3/95 junction.

August 10

•An erratic driver heading eastbound from Shambhala on Highway 3 was not located.

•Youths shooting borrowed guns near Quinton Road had the firearms seized and turned over to their parents, who were unaware they had the rifles.

•A 67-year-old female died suddenly in her home on Highway 3, apparently of natural causes.

•A cellphone was lost on Canyon-Lister Road.

•A rear-end collision occurred on Highway 3 when the hood of a vehicle popped open, causing the driver to brake. A trailing car was able to stop and avoid a collision, but a third vehicle wasn’t.

•A Balsam Road resident reported receiving threatening text messages.

•A driver was transported to hospital after his vehicle went off Highway 3A and flipped.