Robson Valley Regional RCMP report - July 13, 2017 issue

Submitted by Cst. Marika Masters, Valemount detachment

In the late afternoon of June 30, 2017 Valemount RCMP were notified of a search and rescue operation in progress near Overlander Falls, Mount Robson BC.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 25-year old Edmonton resident was visiting the falls with two friends when he fell into the river and was swept away by the strong rapids.Robson Valley SAR engaged swift water rescue in addition to aerial searches via Yellowhead Helicopter. 

The male was located a short time later, deceased, approximately 300 metres away from where he fell in. The BC Coroners Office continues to investigate.

In the early morning hours of July 4, 2017, Valemount RCMP were notified of a head on collision on Highway 5, approximately 2 km North of Blackman Rd, Tete Jaune Cache BC.  Preliminary investigation revealed that the northbound pick up truck was attempting to pass a semi and drove head on into a southbound car, killing the driver of the car. The Valemount RCMP continues to investigate.

On June 27, 2017 Valemount RCMP were notified of a suspicious vehicle in the area of Loseth Rd. Police responded and were unable to locate the vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was wanted out of Alberta for several firearms offences. The next day another call was received of a residence close to where the vehicle was parked with an opened door. Police attended and found the house had been broken into. Later that afternoon the owner, from Alberta, called police to advise she believed someone to still be in her residence. Police attended again and did not locate anyone. The house was severely damaged and various items taken.

A short time later, a Valemount RCMP officer located a male walking behind the residence and was subsequently arrested for break and enter. Members stayed in the area and located the suspicious vehicle from a few nights prior. The driver was arrested a short time later, after he fled from police. 

Richard HELEWKA, an Alberta resident, was arrested and held in custody over the weekend and is currently being charged with Break and Enter with Intent, Flight from Police, Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000 and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle.

 Robert SHERWOOD, an Alberta resident, was arrested and held in custody over the weekend and is currently being charged with Break and Enter with Intent and Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.

The Valemount RCMP continue to investigate.

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant of your property and that of your neighbours. Report suspicious  activity, vehicles or people.