Charges Laid for Damage to Wetlands in Kamloops Area
Sep 19, 2006
Sep 14th, 2006 - 09:22:14 AM File #E-Division 2005-3272
This release is posted on behalf of the “E” Division Forest Crime Investigation Unit.
Kamloops, BC: Charges have been laid against a TV station manager, the owner of a tire company and the company itself in connection with damage to the Duffy Lake recreation site in August 2005, the RCMP and B.C. Forest Service announced today.
On July 13, 2006, charges of Obstruct Justice and Obstructing a Peace Officer were laid against Bruce Uptigrove, general sales manager at CFJC-TV7, who allegedly withheld video footage from officers investigating the incident.
This week, an investigation by the B.C. Forest Service has resulted in charges under the Forest and Range Practices Act against Kamloops Tire Ltd. (also known as Excel Tire) and company owner Jeffery Dale O’Connor for damage to natural resources, unauthorized business activity and public disturbance at a recreation site.
The investigation, conducted by Compliance and Enforcement officers of the B.C. Forest Service, found evidence that environmental damage may have occurred while a CFJC-TV7 camera crew was filming a tire commercial for Kamloops Tire Ltd. It is alleged that four four-wheel drive trucks repeatedly drove through the wetland on the north end of Duffy Lake, creating an enormous mud hole and leaving tire ruts on the lakeshore adjacent to the camping area.
Duffy Lake Recreation Site, located about half an hour east of Kamloops, is a popular location for camping and fishing.
If you have any information pertaining to this incident or similar forest contravention incidents, please contact either your local RCMP Detachment, your local Forest Service office or the RCMP Forest Crime Investigation Unit (1-604-543-4806) or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-222-TIPS.
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