May 4 Police and Fire Updates

The Vanderhoof RCMP lodged 77 files, which included 11 prisoners, last week.

The Vanderhoof RCMP lodged 77 files, which included 11 prisoners, last week.


Weekend fire

On April 23 at 4:50 a.m., a man was found deceased at a residence engulfed in fire on Smedley Drive.

The house was destroyed by the fire, but other residents of the home were away at the time.

Considered not suspicious, the fire’s specific cause remains under investigation by the BC Coroners Service and the Vanderhoof Fire Department.

More information would be available in July, the BC Coroners Service states.


Down on the roof

On April 23, an upturned vehicle that was driven into the ditch on Williams Crescent was reported by a resident at 2:49 a.m.

The female driver of the vehicle, which contained three passengers, allegedly assaulted the caller when he ventured out of his home to investigate.

Her breath samples, tested for intoxication, were found to be two times over the legal limit of alcohol allowed.

She was released from custody for charges on assault and impaired driving, and her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Vanderhoof’s ambulance and fire services also attended the scene, and no one suffered serious injuries.


Barn break-and-enter

On April 24, $7,000 worth of horse tack, saws, saddles, and barn insulation was found to be stolen from a residential and commercial property on Kenney Dam Road.

Reported by the property’s caretaker, the theft is estimated to have occurred up to a week prior to his realization.

The RCMP’s forensics section from Prince George was on site to examine the scene.

As investigation continues, anyone with information is advised to contact the local detachment.


Handbag theft

On April 25, a purse was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked outside Your Independent Grocer.

The RCMP reminds the public to keep vehicles secured when left unattended.


– with files from Cpl. Cam Fergusson, Vanderhoof RCMP, and Chief Ian Leslie, Vanderhoof Fire Department