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RCMP restores ashes to family

Box delivered to Re-Use-It Centre with death certificate



On May 26, the Re-Use-It Centre contacted the Whistler RCMP to report the possible donation of human remains after an employee found a box with a death certificate attached inside a donated piece of furniture.

The RCMP attended and took the box, making inquiries at the funeral home where the remains were processed. After a few phone calls, the RCMP was able to present the ashes to the sister of the deceased in Vancouver.

It's not known how the ashes came to be in the furniture, or how the furniture was donated to the Re-Use-It Centre.


Bicycles reported stolen

The start of bike season has also ushered in the start of bike theft season, with the RCMP receiving reports related to the theft of five bicycles - all under $5,000 - between May 24 and May 31.

"We would like to remind people to safeguard their bike, to lock it up and be vigilant," said Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair of the Whistler RCMP.

There are several ways to deter bike thieves, including the use of heavier locks for overnight storage, and locking your bike in high-traffic and public areas.

Bring your bike inside whenever possible. If you live in a building where you can't bring your bike to your unit, you may want to use several heavy locks. Some websites also recommend using locks with different types of key systems, in case a thief arrives with only one set of tools.

Always be sure to lock your frame as well as your wheels. Take your bike seat with you if it's valuable, and a wheel as well - while some stolen bikes do get loaded onto vehicles, many are ridden from the site.

If you have household insurance you can pay extra to insure your bike.

You should record your bike's serial number and keep a description of components and distinguishing marks to increase the chances of your bike being returned.


Impaired, speeding drivers caught

It may be slow in the village right now, but the RCMP is keeping busy on the roads and highway. This past week, the RCMP issued three immediate roadside prohibitions (IRPs) for impaired driving. The three drivers to fail were a 23-year-old West Vancouver Male at 12:50 a.m. on May 24, a 50-year-old Whistler male at 11:45 a.m. on May 24 and a 32-year-old Pemberton female at 9:15 p.m. on May 25.

All received 90-day driving prohibitions and 30-day vehicle impounds. The male from West Vancouver and woman from Pemberton also received additional tickets for driving with expired licences.

The RCMP also gave one 12-hour suspension to a 23-year-old novice driver from Squamish. While he tested below the "warn" range on the roadside screening device, novice drivers are not allowed to have any alcohol in their systems.

One driver also had his vehicle impounded for excessive speed under the new law. On May 27, the RCMP stopped a vehicle that was driving 124 km/h in an 80 km/h zone, resulting in a seven-day impound for a 19-year-old Vancouver male with a driver's licence from Saudi Arabia.