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Taxi window shot out by BB gun

RCMP arrest 20-year-old Australian citizen



Whistler RCMP was called to a hostel in Whistler on May 1 after reports of a BB gun or air rifle being shot in the area. They arrived to discover the window of a taxi shot out and spoke to the driver.

Another witness, a contractor working on the hostel, pointed to a balcony at the hostel where he believed the shooting to have originated. Officers arrested a 20-year-old Australian man after being allowed to search his room and finding a BB gun.

The man was taken to the detachment, fingerprinted and charged with Mischief Under $5,000. He is due to appear at North Vancouver Provincial Court on June 6.

RCMP Staff Sergeant Steve LeClair said the man indicated he would like to pay for the damage to the taxi, which was the only damage and repair estimates are currently being made. There is the possibility that charges could be dropped if this is settled.

Motocross rider severely injured

A 48-year-old Squamish man was injured in a serious dirt biking accident at the Green River Motocross track on May 5.

RCMP arrived at the Pemberton Clinic following the accident, and the man was transported in critical condition to Vancouver General Hospital by air ambulance. The injuries were described as serious enough to be fatal. He remains in guarded condition.

The man had been dirt biking with a friend, who did not witness the accident; there was one other party at the track at the time of the crash that found him injured but who also did not see the accident.

Police examined and photographed the scene of the accident, spoke to those at the track, and the man's dirt bike was taken away for police examination.

Yelling man prompts police call

Whistler RCMP was sent to the 3800 block of Sunridge Drive on May 4 after reports of a male yelling, possibly distressed. They heard a loud bang, followed by swearing and saw a man stumbling near the front door of an unoccupied residence.

He was arrested for causing a disturbance by being intoxicated and swearing. A police check determined he was on probation with the condition of not using alcohol. The man, a 25-year-old from Surrey, was charged with breach of probation and remanded in court in Vancouver on May 6.

Fingerprints lifted from stolen truck

Pemberton RCMP now have fingerprints believed to belong to the person who stole a truck from Arbutus Street in Pemberton on April 16; it was located with significant damage in D'Arcy the following day. A camera and clothing were stolen from the vehicle. The fingerprints have been sent to the RCMP fingerprint databank for analysis.

Explosives found on Squamish trail

Residences in Squamish were evacuated after a stash of industrial grade explosives and detonators were found by an RCMP police dog on Wednesday morning (May 2).

A dog and RCMP handler were searching a trail area in Dentville on a separate, ongoing investigation when a suspect package containing the explosives was found at around 11 a.m.

The area was cordoned off and nearby residences cleared. The explosive disposal unit removed the material, which was followed by a second search of the scene to ensure all explosives had been found and removed.