Woman arrested after waving knife at her husband and children 

Police Briefs: Several skiers rescued from the backcountry; cops dole out tickets on New Year's Eve

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A Whistler woman is facing charges after she allegedly waved a knife at her husband and children, who barricaded themselves in a bedroom in fear.

Shortly after 11 p.m. on New Year's Eve, police received a call from a complainant who said a man had told her his wife "had gone crazy inside their rental suite" on Painted Cliff Road.

The man said he had locked himself in his bedroom with his two children while his wife "had a large kitchen knife and was banging on the door," Whistler RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve LeClair said.

Witnesses told police the woman was "upset they were not going to a New Year's dinner."

When police arrived, they found the woman in the kitchen and a seven-inch knife in a top drawer. Mounties also found pockmarks on the bedroom door that were consistent with a knife. The 35-year-old was arrested for assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

Police deal with several skiers lost in the backcountry

The Whistler backcountry stayed busy over the holidays, with several groups spending a night in the cold after getting lost. Last Wednesday, Dec. 30, police received a call from a 23-year-old local man who was lost in the Cake Hole area of Whistler Mountain.

Whistler Ski Patrol attempted to reach him by phone to provide directions out of the backcountry, but were unsuccessful. He was uninjured after a night in the backcountry and taken to safety by search and rescue crews the following morning.

On New Year's Day another man called police to say he was lost on Whistler Mountain after skiing the Peak 2 Creek. The 30-year-old local by way of Alberta was located the next day without injury. Shortly after, RCMP received another report of a missing couple who had become lost after snowboarding down the south side of Whistler Mountain. The 20-year-old male and his 17-year-old girlfriend, both from Germany, were rescued the next morning.

New Year's Eve by the numbers

Local police doled out dozens of tickets on New Year's Eve, one of the resort's busiest nights of the year.

In all, Mounties issued 18 bylaw tickets for open liquor; nine provincial tickets for public consumption of alcohol and two provincial tickets for minors in possession of alcohol. They also held six people in custody over the course of the night: a 61-year-old Whistler man for being drunk in public; two Danish males, aged 19 and 20, for fighting; a 22-year-old local man for public consumption and possession of drugs; a 22-year-old Ontario man for breaching the peace and a 35-year-old local woman for possession of a weapon (see earlier report).

Police nab two suspects in break-and-enter case

Police tracked down two Lower Mainland men on Tuesday, Jan. 5 after they allegedly broke into a storage container near Whistler.

At approximately 10 a.m., cops received a report that someone was attempting to break into the container at a recreational site south of the resort.

Shortly after, police stopped a suspicious vehicle where they found the two suspects along with break-in tools and drugs. The 35-year-old Abbotsford man and 26-year-old Maple Ridge man are well known to police, LeClair said, and were held in custody for court.

Stolen skis recovered

Local police, working with Whistler Blackcomb, were able to track down a pair of skis stolen last week from outside a mountaintop restaurant.

On Dec. 29, Whistler Blackcomb security notified police of a reported theft of skis from a ski rack outside of the Roundhouse. With the help of video surveillance footage, security was able to identify a suspect and, on Dec. 30, intercepted the 27-year-old U.K. male as he was uploading onto the gondola.

The man admitted to theft and turned the skis into police. He was arrested on one count of theft under $5,000 and was released with a future court date on the condition he not attend any Whistler Blackcomb property.

He was also issued a five-year ban from Whistler Blackcomb.

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