A loud party, aggressive chainsaw action, a fight, jail, a suspicious house fire, a pet dies

News from down the Arrow Lakes: A noisy party, the neighbour takes a chainsaw to a power pole, a fight, he goes to jail, then his house suspiciously burns while he's locked up. Unfortunately, his cat perishes in the fire.

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The boat launch at the small Arrow Lakes community of Edgewood. Photo: Google Maps

It was a wild weekend in the sleepy hamlet of Edgewood, located on the western shore of the Lower Arrow Lake, about an hour’s drive south of Nakusp.

Not many have a reason to visit the town, which is located on dead-end side road that branches off Highway 6 between Fauquier and Lumby. But Nakusp RCMP had reason to attend a couple times over the weekend.

It started on Saturday, Jan. 28 when police responded to a complaint arising from a loud party. Nakusp RCMP say that a neighbour upset over the noise decided to take matters into his own hands — hands that were holding a chainsaw.

The town of Edgewood, located on the west side of the Arrow Lakes, south of Nakusp. Photo: Google Maps

He tried to pull the plug on the party by cutting down the power pole connected to the noisy residence.

The party-goers weren’t having it and they, “physically intervened and prevented the male from cutting down the pole,” police said.

After police arrived, they carted off the upset neighbour and took him to hospital in Nakusp for treatment of injuries he sustained during the ‘physical intervention.’

The 44-year-old man was then held in custody, awaiting a court appearance in Nelson, scheduled for Feb. 1.

Two days later, trouble flared up again at the same location. Police received news on Monday, Jan. 30 that the home the neighbour was residing in had been destroyed by fire.

There had been three animals living at the house. A cat and a dog manged to survive, but a second cat perished in the fire.

“The cause of the fire is unknown and police are continuing to investigate,” RCMP said in a statement attributed to Sgt. Monty Taylor of the Kootenay–Boundary Regional Detachment. “At this point, police have not confirmed that these incidents are linked, however given the timeline, investigators will consider this as a possible investigative avenue.”

The Nakusp RCMP and the Kootenay–Boundary Regional General Investigative Section are continuing to investigate both incidents.

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