Police briefs: Early Christmas present for Westsyde man
Christmas came early for a Westsyde resident.
He had been in the area of the Halston Connector on Sunday, Dec. 23, and misplaced his wallet, which he had just topped up at a bank machine.
A 21-year-old man driving in the area of the Salish Esso with his father found the wallet lying in the snow on Monday, Dec. 24.
He immediately brought the wallet to the Kamloops Rural RCMP office.
The wallet, which contained ID, credit cards and more than $500 in cash, was reunited with its owner, who asked to meet the Good Samaritan so he could show his gratitude.
A quiet Christmas for Mounties
Christmastime was quiet time for crime in Kamloops, according to police.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said overall call volumes between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day were very low.
"There were a couple of family disturbances, which is typical," he said, noting family get-togethers sometimes cause trouble for officers.
"You introduce a few festive drinks and, all of a sudden, people start squabbling."
Learned said bars and pubs were closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, which made light work for police.
"There were no licensed premises open and our file count was down drastically," he said. "Yesterday [Dec. 26], the bars were back open and we responded to several fights at Cactus Jack's at closing time.
"The root of so many of our responses to calls are substance use or substance abuse."
Police find teenager; reported safe and sound
The 15-year-old girl reported missing just before Christmas has been found safe and sound, Mounties say.
RCMP put out a call on Dec. 20 for information about the whereabouts of Sarah Lynne Robinson. They said she hadn't been seen in nearly two weeks.
On Thursday, Dec. 27, police issued a brief news release saying she had been found.
Coquihalla Christmas Eve day crash
Police and emergency personnel were called to a Christmas Eve day single-vehicle crash on the Coquihalla Highway, south of the Inks Lake brake check.
The accident occurred at 10:30 a.m. when the driver of a Dodge Dakota truck came into sudden changing road conditions — from clear to icy, snow-packed roads.
She lost control of her truck and slid off the highway and into a ditch. A male passenger received lacerations to his head and was treated at scene by ambulance.
Police are reminding motorists travelling on any area roads to ensure their vehicle is adequately equipped with proper tires and that they are driving to the road conditions.