RCMP seeks public assistance to solve disturbing shooting

Posted in Provincial

The BC RCMP are asking for the public's assistance to help solve a brazen, unprovoked shooting that took place earlier this year.

On June 1 at 1:00am, Lytton RCMP responded to a report of a cyclist, Mr. Craig Premack, who had been shot on Highway 1, just south of Spences Bridge near Cache Creek. Mr. Premack had been taking part in a 600 km cycling event known as the Cache Creek 600 when he was shot in the arm.

"I was surprised by explosions next to me originally thinking they were firecrackers but suddenly my right forearm blew up and I could feel the warmth of the blood now covering my leg. I now realized I had been shot so I pedaled faster to escape," says Craig Premack describing the shooting.

Photo of pull out near the shooting scene

(Photo of pull out near the shooting scene courtesy of the BC RCMP.)

"We have to stress that the victim in this crime did nothing to deserve or provoke this potentially deadly attack. The victim was taking part in an organized event, and riding at a time when they would have had limited interaction with the public," says Superintendent Brendan Fitzpatrick, Operations Officer of the BC RCMP Major Crime Section.

Premack adds that while he was trying to get away he saw a vehicle drive away from pull out near the shooting scene.

Earlier in the day, ride participants reported two separate incidents where two men in a dark coloured pickup threw objects at them as they drove by. RCMP investigators are looking to identify the driver and the passenger of this vehicle in order to eliminate them as potential suspects in the shooting investigation.

"While the shooting appears to be an isolated incident, an innocent victim has been seriously injured. We would ask that anyone with any information, regardless of what it may be, to contact the Lytton RCMP. It may be the smallest piece of information that will help police determine who is responsible for this disturbing shooting," explains Superintendent Fitzpatrick.

"Today, along with the RCMP, I am making a personal appeal to anyone that has information about this shooting to please come forward and pass it along to law enforcement," says Premack. "The outcome could be tragic should this happen again."

If anyone has information regarding the shooting or the instances of throwing objects they are asked to call the Lytton RCMP at 250-455-2225 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Motorcycle crash on the Gibraltar Mine Road injures one

Posted in Williams Lake News

Motorcycle crash on the Gibraltar Mine ROad injures one.A 47 year old male motorcycle rider suffered broken ribs and possible internal injuries after a near collision with a cow on the Gibraltar Mine Road at about 7:00pm on July 28.

Williams Lake RCMP were dispatched to a motor vehicle incident on Gibraltar Mine Road where a rider of a cruiser style motorcycle had swerved to avoid a cow on the road, went off the pavement and down about a 10 foot embankment into an open, grassy area.  It is possible the 700 (plus) pound bike landed on or rolled over the rider.

Evacuation Alert for Chelaslie River Arm & Tatelkuz Lake Area

Posted in Williams Lake News

An Evacuation Alert has been issued by Cariboo Regional District at the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) for the Chelaslie Arm and Tatelkuz Lake area located in Electoral Area I of the Cariboo Regional District as a result of the Chelaslie River fire.

Chelaslie River fire in the Cariboo, July 29, 2014.

(Mouse over the image to see where Electoral Area I is on the Cariboo Regional District's map.)

Williams Lake has a couple of new and unique landmarks

Posted in Williams Lake Human Interest

All the way from New Jersey -- via Clinton, BC -- two enormous and magnificent cast iron lion statues have come to rest at the entrance to the Super 8 Motel in Williams Lake.

"I saw them about three days after they arrived at the Clinton Emporium," said Super 8 owner Scott Nelson. "They were purchased at an estate sale in New Jersey and shipped to Clinton." Nelson explained that he made the store owner an offer, and after a short bargaining process, took ownership of the leonine pair. "I thought they'd be both a great attraction, and a nice entrance to the best place in the world." The Super 8 Motel is located on Broadway Avenue, visible from Highway 97 at the south end of Williams Lake, so people will see them whether they're coming or going.

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VIDEO: Memorial tribute smoke show across the finish line

Posted in Williams Lake Events

Thunder Mountain Speedway hosted 'Christmas in July' this past weekend, a food and toy drive for the local branch of the Salvation Army.

The day began and ended with a tribute to a former local racer, Hugh Freeman, who recently passed away. Arnie and Donny Kunka led a black flag (memorial) lap at the beginning of the day, and when the #27 car piloted by Arnie Kunka crossed the finished line first in the Street Stock main, after completing a reverse victory lap, he put on a crowd-pleasing smoke show for the fans and dedicated it to Freeman.

Clinton police impounded a vehicle for going nearly twice the speed limit

Posted in 100 Mile House News

Police impounded a car for excessive speeding on Friday afternoon from a stretch of highway that is no stranger to this dangerous behaviour.

On July 25,  at 2:50 pm, a member of the Clinton RCMP was conducting mobile radar enforcement on Highway 97 near 83 Mile Road. The posted speed limit was 100 km/h with two northbound lanes where the officer observed a red vehicle passing others. The car was subsequently "clocked" doing 194 km/h, nearly twice the posted limit. The police officer engaged his emergency equipment and initiated a traffic stop on the red Lexus.

Clinton RCMP nab Lexus doing twice the posted speed limit, car impounded.


RCMP officer threatened and shot at in Alexis Creek this morning

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP in Alexis Creek shot at this morningOn Sunday, July 27 at approximately 1:00am, an Alexis Creek RCMP officer was on the Anaham Reserve to conduct curfew checks. While there, the officer witnessed two men allegedly attempting to start a stolen pick-up truck. Upon approach, the passenger fled, but the driver was taken into custody.

While the officer was dealing with the man in custody, two other men, one of them armed with a knife approached the arresting officer and threatened him.

The reconstruction of Borland Street is underway

Posted in Williams Lake News

The City's contractor will begin stripping pavement on Borland Street, beginning at the corner of 4th Avenue and Borland Street on Monday, July 28th as part of the reconstruction project. The work will proceed east toward 7th Avenue.

Traffic will be alternating as this work progresses.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late September.

The reconstruction of Borland Street in Williams Lake has begin.


Several items stolen during Bella Coola hardware break-in

Posted in Williams Lake News

RCMP logoOn Friday, July 25th, Bella Coola RCMP responded to a report of a break, enter and theft from Tru Hardware on Cliff Street. The suspects took two generators in boxes (Powermate 3000W and 5000W), a Haussmann brand 15 amp 10-inch sliding compound mitre saw and a black Raleigh 21 speed full suspension mountain bike with front disk brakes and a quick release seat.

If you have information regarding these incidents or any other criminal activity, please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477 or the Bella Coola RCMP at 250-799-5363. CrimeStoppers also subscribes to web tips at www.bccrimestoppers.com . Callers remain anonymous and tips can lead to cash rewards.

No time like the present for a water safety reminder

Posted in Provincial

As temperatures remain high across our region, many people are hitting the water to keep cool.  It's important to be safe when in, near or on the water.

More people die from drowning in the Interior region than in any other area of the province. So far this year, there have been 25 deaths in BC due to accidental drowning, 15 of which have occurred in the Interior.

"Water activities like swimming and boating can be a lot of fun and a great way to cool down, but drowning is a real danger," said Dr. Lizette Elumir, resident public health physician with Interior Health. "Drowning can happen fast, sometimes in less than a minute."

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Code Orange activated at Cariboo Memorial Hospital for bus crash

Posted in Williams Lake News

Williams Lake's Cariboo Memorial Hospital initiated a 'Code Orange' response in anticipation of a number of patients from the Mount Polley employee bus incident on July 24. According to the Williams Lake police, it was initially reported that 45 people were on board, and it wasn't until RCMP members arrived on scene that they determined that 11 people were actually on the bus – the driver and ten employees.

"A Code Orange response means the activation of a command centre and additional staff and physicians were brought in, including the services of Mental Health clinicians and social workers," explained Michaela Swan, Communications Officer for Interior Health. "And all were ready to support patients and their families as they arrived at the hospital."

Code Orange activated at Cariboo Memorial Hospital for mine employee bus crash