The B.C. Supreme Court has issued a restraint order on a house owned by Whistler resident Frederic Lamothe, in connection to his arrest for the cultivation of marijuana last month. RCMP executed a search warrant of the Lamothe’s property early August, seizing hundreds of plants in various stages of growth. The charges were officially laid Sept. 11, at which time the court filed its application for property restraint at 8316 Valley Drive under the controlled drugs and substances act. If a person is convicted of a major drug crime, the courts can order the property associated with that crime forfeited to the court if it is proportionate to the nature and gravity of the offence.
“Basically, at this point in time there’s a restraint order on that house preventing anything from happening with it,” said Whistler RCMP Sgt. Rob Knapton. “It still belongs to the person who owns it, but if there is a conviction, there could be an application to forfeit the house.”
In the early morning of Aug. 12 Whistler RCMP received a report of a suicidal woman on the ledge of the Fitzsimmons Creek bridge, near the gondola bus loop. Police responded and took the woman into custody under the mental health act, escorting her to the Whistler Health Care Centre for treatment. Alcohol and drugs were a factor.
Domestic home invasion
On Sept. 14 Whistler RCMP responded to a home invasion on the 1400 block of Alta Lake Road, where a man had broken through the door and threatened the occupant. An investigation concluded it was a domestic issue. However, the suspect was arrested for break and enter, uttering threats, mischief and assault, along with the aggravating circumstance of a home invasion. Police also found a small amount of ecstasy on the man. He was arrested and released on condition to appear in court at a later date, abstain from alcohol and have no contact with the victim.
Staff at a Whistler hotel got a scare Sept. 11 when spotting what they thought was a handgun in one of their rooms. Police were called to the scene and interviewed the hotel guest who, it turned out, was merely in possession of a legal pellet gun.
A tow truck company called police Sept. 12 when the intoxicated owner of a vehicle at their lot asked pick up his vehicle. Police arrived and recommended the man not pick up his vehicle until he was sober, to which he agreed and left without incident.
Police were called to assist the fire department with traffic control Sept. 12 on the 3200 block of Arbutus Drive due to a natural gas leak, but their assistance was no longer required upon arrival. It is believed the gas leak was caused by nearby digging.
On Sept. 12 Whistler RCMP received a request for assistance from police in Northern Ireland regarding a resident of theirs working in Whistler and missing for several days. Local police investigated and located the woman in Winnipeg. They advised her of the concerns for her safety. It is believed she contacted home to alleviate the fears.
On Sept. 12 it was reported from Australia a man visiting the area, believed to be mountain biking in Pemberton, had been missing for several days. Police located him between Pemberton and Lillooet where his vehicle had broken down.
On Sept. 15 police received a complaint of an assault in Village square at approximately 1:30 a.m. Responding officers found one man on the ground unconscious from a punch to the head. He was taken to the Health Care Centre. Police learned two groups of males had entered a fight outside a nightclub. It was broken up, but another was started when they left for the taxi loop. That’s when the one individual was punched and knocked unconscious.
Not a thief
Whistler RCMP responded to a report of an attempted vehicle theft in an underground Village parking lot Sept. 10. The complainant saw a man using a tool to gain access whereupon they called police. Responding officers found no one at the scene upon arrival, but an investigation located the man who, in fact, was the vehicle owner’s boyfriend who locked the keys inside the car.
Police arrested an intoxicated male on the morning of Sept. 14 after receiving complaints of him yelling at people around the Village Gate. Police arrested him for causing a disturbance, seized his alcohol and released him once sober.