Creston RCMP remind drivers to stop for school buses

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  • Mar. 7, 2013 6:00 a.m.

Creston RCMP warned the owner of a Jeep that passed a bus at Connel Road on Feb. 28 while children were being unloaded, and are reminding drivers that it is against the law to pass a school bus with its stop sign extended and lights flashing.

Some drivers feel the requirement to stop only applies to vehicles behind the bus, but the lights and sign actually require drivers in both directions to stop for the safety of the children getting on or off.

“If you see the school bus lights flashing, stop and wait,” said Cpl. Charlotte Joa.

Drivers passing a school bus in this situation could receive a $167 fine.


Police Beat

Creston RCMP responded to 47 calls from Feb. 25-March 3, Joa reported.

February 25

•The registered owner of a blue Hyundai Tiburon didn’t realize it was stolen until it was found shortly before 8 a.m. in a slough off Highway 21. The airbag had been deployed and windows smashed, likely as the occupants exited.

•Police received a complaint of criminal harassment. The matter is under investigation.

•A dispute over property ownership on 35th Avenue South was found to be a civil matter.

•A Goat Canyon Road resident reported the theft of a credit card, which was used for online purchases totalling nearly $3,800.

•A breach of an undertaking was reported on Cook Street.

•The report of a possible break and enter on Pit Road turned out to be a false alarm.

•When police responded to a report of a possibly suicidal person, they discovered the subject wasn’t suicidal.

•A teenager reported missing from 25th Avenue South later returned home.

February 26

•A subpoena was served to a Seventh Avenue North resident on behalf of the Calgary Police Service.

•The case of a person escaping lawful custody is under investigation.

•A Creston resident visited the RCMP detachment to seek advice in a child custody issue.

•Police are investigating the complaint of a person being banned from the Lower Kootenay Band.

•Extensive patrols did not locate a brown Chevrolet being driven by a possibly impaired driver in the 4200 block of Highway 3. The anonymous report did not provide a licence plate number, but stated the vehicle could not stay in its westbound lane.

February 27

•A vehicle received under $1,000 damage after a hit and run in a Northwest Boulevard parking lot.

•A purse and swimming bag were reported missing from the 1800 block of Canyon Street.

February 28

•Patrols located no one when police responded to 11th Avenue South, where a resident was tired of and unknown person continually knocking on the door.

•A Dodge pickup was reported to have been vandalized in the 8000 block of Highway 3A at Sirdar on Feb. 16. The windshield, mirrors and headlights were smashed, and the interior upholstery was slashed. There are no suspects.

•Police were warned of a scam after an elderly person on Erickson Street was sold a vacuum cleaner in order to claim a “prize”. The complainant cancelled the cheque on the elderly person’s behalf.

•A lost B.C. driver’s licence was reported on Ibbitson Street.

•When police checked out a report of a person lying in the street on 16th Avenue North, they found an intoxicated male on the ground. He was lodged in cells until sober.

•A youth was reportedly running around the downtown area with an airsoft gun. The matter was dealt with by the high school.

•Police are investigating a complaint of sexual interference that occurred in another area.

•RCMP assisted with a mental health patient on Vancouver Street.

March 1

•The driver’s side of a semi received over $1,000 damage after a collision with a deer the night before, while heading west in the 4700 block of Highway 3.

•A driver reported hitting a deer on Feb. 23 near Wynndel, which caused damage to the vehicle’s front bumper.

•A 12-speed bike found on Highway 21 was turned in at the RCMP detachment.

•RCMP received two complaints about horses on the highway near Erickson Elementary School. They were gone when a patrol was made.

•A 40th Avenue resident changed their locks after finding that someone had been in the home while the resident was out of town. The matter is under investigation.

•Two males stole energy drinks from a store in the 5000 block of Highway 3A, then agreed to pay for them after finding the theft was captured by surveillance cameras.

•At 6:03 p.m., two males stole two bottles of Royal Reserve from a Ninth Avenue liquor store. Both wore dark hoodies, but patrols revealed no one matching their description.

•A male offered to pay for an outboard motor when he was caught attempting to steal it from a boat on a property in the 5000 block of Highway 3A.

•An intoxicated person was reportedly “flipping out” at an Erickson Street residence. Police attended and arrested the male, who was lodged in cells until sober.

March 2

•Police assisted with a next of kin notification in the 3200 block of Highway 3.

•A female was found to be in good health when RCMP were asked to perform a well-being check.

March 3

•Surveillance video will be used to determine why a multi-hit alarm went off at the community complex around 3 a.m.

•Just after 7 p.m., a complainant contacted police advising of a breach of an undertaking. The matter is under investigation.