Theft, collisions and arson keep RCMP busy

Theft, collisions and an arson among the gamut of 80 calls Williams Lake RCMP responded to during the weekend.

March 21

At 7:35 p.m. police received a report of a theft from the Kallyn Road area.  A motorcycle was stolen described as a 450 CR Honda 2011 with black chrome with a value of $10,000.  The motorcycle was in a locked shop at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP or Crimestoppers.

March 22

At 10:45 a.m. on March 22 police received reports of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 97 at Jacobson Road. Police attended the scene.  Fresh snow was falling, roads were greasy yet visibility good. A southbound blue 1999 Ford Taurus, lost control and spun into the northbound lane, colliding with a white 1997 Dodge Caravan towing a U-built trailer.

The Ford struck the rear driver's side of the Dodge sending both vehicles crashing into the no-post barriers in the opposite lanes of travel.

There were no injuries, yet, both vehicles, including trailer written off with extensive damage, estimated to be  $16,000. Debris was strewn across the snow covered highway. All tires were rated as winter or mud and snow. Police said speed was a contributing factor and one of the drivers was issued a violation ticket for speed relative to conditions. Emergency Health Services attended, clearing all persons involved.

Police received a report of a single vehicle collision on Dog Creek Road near Shaw Road at 11:17 a.m.. The driver of a vehicle was turning from Shaw Rd, and did not have traction due to road conditions, resulting in the vehicle sliding across the road into a telephone pole. There were no injuries to the lone occupant of the vehicle, although there was relatively minor damage to the hood and bumper. Police said the vehicle had good studded winter tires. The vehicle was towed.

At 12:43 p.m. police received a report someone set fire to a stack of hay on Thursday at a ranch in the Riske Creek area. Police talked with the owner of the hay and learned he was working in the area until Wednesday at about 3 p.m.

An employee returned to the area on Friday at about 2:30 p.m. and found the hay on fire. Because the hay was tightly wound it burned very slowly. It was estimated the fire had been going since at least Thursday night.

A backhoe was used to separate the burning bales from the others. There were between 20-25 round bales burned with a value between $1,500 and $2,000. Had the fire not been found the damage would have been extensive because the total value of the hay is close to $20,000.

There were quad tracks in the snow and mud travelling from the direction of Farwell Canyon road ending at a gate close to the hay. The matter is still under investigation.  If anyone has information they are asked to contact the Williams Lake RCMP or Crimestoppers.


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