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Fire destroys house

A fire destroyed a house near Westside Road Monday morning. 

Emergency crews responded around 9:30 a.m. to smoke and flames coming from a home on Pinecrest Road west of Vernon. 

Firefighters on the scene said they did not yet know what caused the fire. A fire inspector has yet to complete a report on the incident.

No people or pets were inside the building when the fire began.

A witness told Castanet that there was also a grow op inside the building, which was confirmed by Vernon RCMP. 

Cpl Seniuk said "At this time it is unknown whether it is a licensed grow operation or not."

It does not immediately appear that the fire began in the growing area.

The flames were contained before the surrounding forest was ignited. There was also another house nearby that escaped unscathed.

BC Ambulance also responded as a routine precaution. 


2 crashes hospitalize 3

A five-year-old child is safe after two separate crashes sent three people to hospital with serious injuries Saturday afternoon.

Around 11:40 a.m. emergency crews responded to a collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm.

A pickup truck towing a trailer crashed into the rear of a semi-truck and trailer, both were heading east at the time.

There were three people in the pickup, a man, a woman and a toddler. The child was unharmed, the woman suffered minor injuries but the man, who was driving, suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital by ambulance. 

A witness told Castanet that it took almost two hours to cut the driver out of the vehicle before he was airlifted to hospital.

About an hour later, crews responded to another crash on Highway 1 which involved a motorcyclist and a pickup truck.

A man and a woman were driving eastbound on the motorcycle when they crashed into the pickup truck, which was also heading east.

The motorcyclists suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance. The driver of the pickup truck was unhurt.

The second crash was approximately three kilometres west of the first incident.

The highway was closed for some time while both incidents were cleared.

The investigation into the cause of both crashes is ongoing.

Charged with manslaughter

A Salmon Arm man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter nearly one year after a woman was found dead in Armstrong.

Logan Scott, 31, was arrested on August 27 after an exhaustive investigation into the death of 27-year-old Jillian McKinty.

The mother of two was found deceased in her home on Wolfenden Terrace on Nov. 27, 2013. 

Authorities at the time had said the circumstances surrounding her death were suspicious in nature.

Scott has been remanded into custody and will appear in Vernon Provincial Court today (Friday).

He has also been charged with Theft Under $5,000.


Calling all municipal candidates

Potential candidates in the Nov 15 local election will be able to pick up nomination documents for the offices of Mayor (one vacancy) and Councillor (six vacancies) from Vernon City Hall beginning September 2.

Nomination papers must be filed between 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept 30, and 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct 10, excluding statutory holidays and weekends.

There is a $100 refundable deposit on all nomination packages, and arrangements should be made with the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer to pick up your papers at City Hall office during regular office hours. Nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

You may run as a candidate in the 2014 election if:

  • you are a Canadian citizen
  • you are at least 18 years old on November 15, 2014
  • have lived in BC for at least 6 months
  • are not disqualified from holding office, or otherwise disqualified by law.

In order to be nominated as a candidate, you will require two (2) nominators who must be qualified electors of the jurisdiction you are running in. You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.

If you are elected to office, you will be expected to serve a four-year term which officially begins by being sworn in at the Inaugural Council Meeting on December 1, 2014.

Holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings (2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 8:40 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. for public hearings) you will be asked to sit on advisory committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time.

You might consider talking to a current or former councillor to find out how much time you will be expected to commit.

Vernon Rec expanding programs

There is now another option for parents in the Vernon area in the event the teachers dispute drags into the new school year.

Greater Vernon Recreation Services will continue to offer many of its summer camp options, and expand them to include experiential, educational and/or physical activity components.

In addition to its current programming, Greater Vernon Recreation Services are also partnering with the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre to provide several great programs for children in grades one through five.

At the Kingfisher camp, for example, the kids can enjoy a day of outdoor play and experiential environmental education.

They will have an opportunity to explore and learn about an interior cedar hemlock rainforest: the plants that grow there, local First Nation traditional ways of life and knowledge, and about the salmon that call the Shuswap River home.

The camps will run Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation will be provided to and from activities.

Parents can register for as many or as few days as they like.

For more information on these or any other programs, please contact Greater Vernon Recreation Services at 250-545-6035 or visit their website.

Aggressive driver targets cop

RCMP in Vernon had to deal with an aggressive driver following reports of a stolen truck.

After a tip from a resident they spotted the vehicle speeding on Hartnell Road on Saturday.

"The driver tried to run one of our officers off the road, but (the officer) pulled over onto the shoulder," says RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.  

A spike belt was deployed a little further down the road but wasn't needed. "The vehicle crashed into the ditch at Hartnell and Dixon Dam just prior to where it was set up"

Two people got out of the truck and fled.  

"A perimeter was set up by the police service dog unit, and one of our officers arrested one of the suspects and took him into custody," says Molendyk. The 21-year-old Vernon man had minor injuries and was treated in hospital.

Molendyk says the second suspect has been identified but hasn't been arrested.

"The file is still under investigation with possible charges being laid at a later date."

Equal fault in boat crash


UPDATE AUG 25 12:20 P.M.

Vernon RCMP have determined both drivers are responsible for a mid-day crash on Okanagan Lake.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the crash happened Sunday, just before noon, when a Seadoo boat collided with a fishing boat sending one to hospital.

“One of our officers who investigated the crash determined an18 foot bow-rider Seadoo boat was travelling west at approximately 15-20 knots when it collided with an older Hourston Glascraft outboard boat, approximately 16 feet long that was travelling east at 2-4 knots while fishing,” says Molendyk.

“The two boats were travelling directly at one another until the operator of Hourston attempted to get out of the way at the last minute. He turned to the right, which caused the Seadoo to broadside the port (left) side of the boat and launch up on top of it. The Hourston boat suffered a broken hull. The Seadoo boat only suffered scrapes to the bow,” says Molendyk.

The crash occurred at 11:28 a.m. and the driver and sole occupant of the fishing boat was taken to hospital with either a sprained or broken ankle. The driver and six passengers of the Seadoo were all unhurt.

Molendyk says alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

“Our officer has reviewed the Canada Shipping Act Collision Regulations, Rule 14 states that since both vessels were under power and meeting on a reciprocal course, each vessel has the responsibility to alter their course to the starboard so that each shall pass on the port side of each other.”

This file is still being investigated with a possibility of charges under the Canada Shipping act.

ORIGINAL: A man was sent to hospital with a broken ankle after a boat crash on Okanagan Lake Sunday afternoon.

The incident occurred around 12 p.m. when a small power boat carrying around six people smashed into the side of a 14' fibreglass fishing boat. 

"He was trolling along fishing and someone t-boned him," said North Westside fire chief Doug Gardiner. 

The fishing boat was heavily damaged, but the driver was close enough to shore that he made it to a dock in the Fintry Delta area.

BC Ambulance attended the scene and took him to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital


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