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By Trail Champion on Friday Jan 18 2013

A 24-year-old Australian man died in an accident at Whistler yesterday, according to RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair.

'On Jan 17 ... at 11:50 a.m., Whistler Ski Patrol contacted Whistler RCMP to advise of a serious injury on Whistler Mountain," he said. "A 24-year-old snowboarder visiting from Australia was riding when he fell in a steep treed area and suffered head trauma.

By Trail Champion on Thursday Jan 17 2013

According to RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton, a fist fight escalated to weapon threats outside 7-11 Monday afternoon, leading to the arrest of two area men.

"On Jan. 14 at approximately 4 p.m., police were called to a fight outside of the 7-11 Store in Trail," he said. "Two males, one in his late teens and the other in his late 20’s, got into a scuffle and then the first one allegedly pulled a knife. The other male then went to his vehicle to get a “bigger” knife."

By Christine Esovoloff on Thursday Jan 17 2013

For as long as I can remember, I have been an animal lover. Not just a lover, more like a die-hard animal groupie, or stalker, even. I was that kid who cried tears of joy whenever she saw horses, or was forever trying to nurse injured squirrels and frogs back to health. And I also may have been the kid (25-year-old) who spent hours trying to catch a stray cat (okay fine, it wasn’t a stray, it had a collar … I just really wanted to pet it).

By Mona Mattei on Tuesday Jan 15 2013

A court ruling released last week dropped drug charges against Christina Lake resident, Allen Piche because of inconsistencies in RCMP testimony and evidence.

Piche, also known as the ‘Bear Dude’ fined in May 2012 for two counts of feeding up to 24 bears on his property, was waiting for a decision for charges of production of marijuana for the purposes of trafficking since 2010.

“It is a relief that it’s over,” said Piche. “I am disappointed that the justice system can take the tack that the end justifies the means – it’s not a good process.”

By Boundary Sentinel on Thursday Jan 10 2013

After nearly a week of snow storms avalanche potential is considerable in the back country so winter sports enthusiasts need to exercise caution over the coming weekend.

“The mountains have hit the reset button and we need to do the same with our expectations of what is safe to ride,” commented Matt Peter, forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre. “There have been avalanches reported both within the storm layers as well as at the initial storm interface, the Jan. 4 layer.”

By Contributor on Thursday Jan 10 2013

Castlegar RCMP have received several calls from concerned citizens due to another computer scam that is occurring. While on their computer, they have received a pop-up message complete with a siren wailing, warning them that their computer has been associated with child pornography and that in order to "unlock" their computer they need to pay $100. The pop up advised them that the RCMP or CSIS has discovered illegal activity and a file has been started.

By Trail Champion on Wednesday Jan 09 2013

Two men were sent to hospital and one is facing a laudry list of charges after a violent incident in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton.

'On Jan. 8 at 1:35 a.m., Trail RCMP were called to a residence in West Trail where a male had broken in and assaulted a male occupant," Hawton said. "A female occupant of the residence, who the suspect was looking for (sic), escaped through a rear window. During the course of the assault, a hammer was used and the victim suffered head lacerations and bruising. The female was not hurt.

By Contributor on Monday Jan 07 2013

Whistler RCMP are investigating a sudden death which occurred on Whistler Mountain on Jan. 7. RCMP were contacted after a skier on Franz’s Meadows was passing a cliff area and noticed a male who appeared to be in need of help. When the male didn’t respond to the passerby, he contacted Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol to attend. RCMP from Whistler Detachment also attended the scene. Attempts were made to treat the male by ski patrol and physicians at the scene, however they were unable to revive the male, according to Sgt. Rob Knapton of the Whistler Detachment.

By Castlegar Source on Thursday Jan 03 2013

The Mackenzie Brothers would be so proud, as a toque-related incident tops the holiday highlights released by Castlegar police.

"Castlegar RCMP received 81 calls for service from Dec. 24 until Jan. 1," said RCMP Sgt. Laurel Mathew. "There were no notable spikes in any particular kind of crime. Christmas Eve and Day were relatively uneventful. New Year's Eve was a busy night, as there were weddings and some busfulls of out-of-province people here to ski, but there were no major incidents."

By Kyra Hoggan on Wednesday Jan 02 2013

It was a busy, but not  earth-shattering, holiday season for Trail RCMP, according to RCMP top cop Sgt. Rob Hawton.

“There were 117 files between Christmas and New Years,” Hawton said. “It’s been a fairly steady, fairly busy period. But those are also mostly routine calls, nothing that really stands out.”

He said routine calls included a number of false alarms, false 9-1-1 calls, bylaw complaints, missing person complaints in which the person was found in short order, and so forth.