Merritt RCMP provide weekly update

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The Merritt RCMP detachment have released an update on their activity and cases of note for the past week.

According to Sgt. Josh Roda, mental health calls are on the rise in the Nicola Valley.

“We want to remind the public to check on your family and friends during these unprecedented times,” urged Roda.

“We encourage anyone that is struggling to reach out for help to the BC Crisis Lines that are available, Emergency Health Services or the Merritt RCMP.”

Additionally, new charges have been approved for a robbery which took place in November of last year.

“On November 4, 2020, the Merritt RCMP were called to the 2300-block of Coutlee Avenue for a report of two men wielding a machete and conducted energy weapon, more commonly referred to as a Taser, attempting to break into a residence,” reads a released statement.

“James McMath and Brian Chivers were arrested and later released on various conditions after police determined the incident was targeted and there was no risk to the general public. On February 22, 2020, Crown Counsel laid charges of Robbery against both Mr. McMath and Mr. Chivers. They are due back in Kamloops Court on March 16, 2021.”

Last week we reported that Jesse Cyr, who had been wanted for just over nine years, was located in Alberta and would appear before the courts via video conference.

“On February 23, 2021, Jessie Cyr appeared before a Kamloops Court via video while in custody in Alberta as Provincial Crown did not authorize Mr. Cyr to be transported back to BC to deal with his outstanding charges of Impaired Driving Causing Bodily Harm, Causing an Accident resulting in Bodily Harm and Dangerous Driving Causing Bodily Harm,” said Merritt RCMP.

“The Judge ruled he had no jurisdiction to deal with Mr. Cyr and he was released. Mr. Cyr’s arrest warrant remains active in British Columbia.”

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald