Police conduct three-hour search for man
Search for suicidal male successful
On Jan. 7 at approximativ 6:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP received information that a distraught male may be contemplating suicide. Both Merritt RCMP members and members of the South Okanagan Traffic Services began what became an intensive three-hour search for the male. The male was believed to have entered a wooded area outside of Merritt. The male was located and transported to the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre for treatment of minor injuries acquired while trekking through the bush.
Elderly female in hospital
On Jan. 7 at approximately 7:34 p.m., Merritt RCMP received a request to conduct a well-being check at an elderly female’s residence as she had not been seen or heard from for at least two days. Members attended and gained entry to the residence in the 2300 block Garcia Street. The 87-year-old female was located inside the residence in dire health and was transported by ambulance to the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre.
Intoxicated male held
On Jan. 8 at approximately 8:46 p.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a 911 hang-up call from a residence in the 4900 block of Shackan Road near Spences Bridge. Upon arrival, it was learned that a disturbance had occurred. A 21-year-old male was taken into custody where he was held in cells at the Merritt Detachment until sober then released without charge.
Male apprehended under Mental Health Act
On Jan. 9 at approximately 11 a.m., a Merritt RCMP member was on patrol in the Lower Nicola area when he observed a male who appeared to be displaying erratic behaviour. Upon the police officer speaking with the 31-year-old male, it was clear the male was suffering with mental health issues. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to the Nicola Valley Hospital and Health Centre for treatment.
Slew of driving charges
On Jan. 9 at approximately 8:12 p.m., two Merritt RCMP members were on patrol when they observed a green Dodge pickup with car licence plates. The vehicle was pulled over and the 25-year-old male driver was found to be impaired. The male was charged with no insurance, no valid driver’s licence, and was prohibited from driving for 90 days. In addition, the vehicle was impounded for 30 days.
Stolen tidy tanks
On Jan. 10 at approximately 7:43 a.m., Merritt RCMP received a report that there had been a break and enter at a storage compound located at 121-1700 Garcia St., Merritt. Three tidy tanks were stolen from that property, totaling $3,000. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.
Since Jan. 4, Merritt police officers responded to:
Calls for service: 106
False/abandoned 911 calls: 7
False alarms: 0
Drunk in public arrests: 9
Traffic collisions: 9