Coldstream man facing threat charges

Rail company said they were threatened by a man after train blared its horn near Aberdeen Road crossing at 8 a.m. Saturday

A Coldstream man appeared unhappy to hear the whistle of a train.

The crew of a Kelowna Pacific Railway train phoned their manager Saturday at about 8 a.m. after they said a man ran out of a residence near Aberdeen Road and made gestures with his bare hands that he was going to shoot the train conductor.

A short time later, the rail company received a call on its emergency line in which a male voice threatened the rail workers.

“The threats appeared to be in relation to the train staff sounding the horn on the train,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “This is a requirement as a train approaches a crossing.”

Police interviewed the train crew and, after some investigation, contacted the suspect.

A 65-year-old man was arrested and later released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on Feb. 23 to face a charge of uttering threats.

Molendyk would not say what kind of threat was left on the machine, as the matter is now before the courts, and he added the residence is within reasonable proximity to railway tracks.