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Pepper sprayed at the pool

The pool area at the Vernon Rec Centre was evacuated Wednesday night after a man was pepper sprayed inside the facility.

The incident occurred about 9:15 p.m. when a 19-year-old man was pepper sprayed inside the men's change room.

The suspect apparently escaped through the back door of the complex.

Swimmers were evacuated as a precaution and a police dog was called to assist, but was unable to locate the suspect.

The file is still being investigated, and anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Vernon Detachment.



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Missing your wheel?

If you are missing a large steel wheel, the Vernon RCMP are storing it for you.

According to the RCMP they came into possession of the unusual ‘found property’ Sunday around 3:45 p.m.

Spokesman Gord Molendyk says a resident who lives at 2903 33rd Ave, reported that they found the steel wheel leaning up against the building.

The wheel, according to Molendyk, is approximately five feet in diameter and appears to be from an old hay rake or similar type of farm machinery.

“It is in our office right now and I suspect someone used it as a lawn ornament, or used it as a decorative item,” says Molendyk.

The person who found the wheel was concerned someone could get hurt because of the weight and size, especially if it fell on someone.

The wheel is safe and sound in the Vernon detachment and ready to be picked up by its rightful owner. 



Early morning gunshot

A early morning gunshot had Vernon RCMP rushing to the scene Tuesday morning.

Early this morning at about 12:40 a.m. officers were called to a report of a gunshot being fired in the 2900 block of 43rd Ave.

“Upon attendance, our officers confirmed that a gun had been fired and that nobody was injured,” explains RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk. “Our officers conducted patrols and spoke to people in the area. They are continuing their investigation in to this incident today.”

The Vernon RCMP are asking witnesses who might have seen anything suspicious or heard what sounded like a gun shot in the area early this morning to please call them as it might be helpful in this investigation. 



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Arsons leave no connection

Over the last several months the Vernon RCMP and the local fire department have been fighting what appears to be a string of arson fires in the North Okanagan.

Since the spring, several dozen suspicious blazes have been lit and despite some periods of calm, the fires are still burning.

Just last week a pile of tires was set ablaze, the newest addition to the seemingly endless list of fires in the Vernon area that are believed to have been set on purpose.

The tire fire was different from the dumpster fire before it, and different from the pallet fire before that.

These ‘differences’ have left the RCMP stuck trying to create a link between the blazes.

“It would be much easier if we could say they were all in a dumpster or were all pallets, but we have had such an array of different types of fires we don't know if we are dealing with an individual or individuals,” explains RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

In fact the police will not say whether there is an “arsonist” at work despite the ongoing occurrences.

“How can we say we have a pattern when you go from pallets, to dumpsters, to boats, abandoned vehicles, old houses, apple bins, stands, tires, everything. There is just a miss-mash of everything, and it is not even in one area of town, it is scattered all over town,” adds Molendyk.

Like the dozens before it, Molendyk says the tire fire is under investigation as police work to connect the fires and try to bring an end to the damage.

Police are asking anyone with information on any of the fires this year to contact the Vernon RCMP. 



Another water main breaks

Update 3:45 p.m. 

A fourth water main has broken in Vernon, affecting an additional 20-30 residents.

This is the fourth to break today, with now over 120 residents without water. 

The latest break is in the 3600 block of 24 Avenue.

Crews will be reportedly responding to the break following repairs to other locations.

Repairs are anticipated to take at least four hours each.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes and to obey all signs and flaggers on site.


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More water main breaks in the City of Vernon.

Crews in the area are dealing with three water main breaks, affecting 100 homes.

For some, the water could be off for a good portion of the day while crews work to repair the other breaks.

Areas affected include:

  • 4900 block, Heritage Drive: A crew is onsite and the road is closed except for local traffic. There are approximately 60-75 homes without water, including three large multi-family properties.
  • 2800 block, Allenby Way: Crew is onsite and traffic rerouting is in place. Currently, 15-20 homes are without water.
  • 6900 block, Tronson Road: A crew is expected to be onsite following repairs on Heritage Drive and Allenby Way. There are approximately 10 homes without water.

Repairs are anticipated to take at least four hours each.

Drivers are advised to take alternate routes and to obey all signs and flaggers on site.



Out of control eviction party

A 17-year-old has been charged and a home was destroyed after 250 people attended an 'eviction party' in Greater Vernon.

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says bylaw officers asked for RCMP assistance Saturday night around 10:35 p.m. for a complaint of a loud party in the 6200 block of Rimer Rd.

He says several officers had to attend to deal with the approximately 250 individuals partying in the empty house.

“I guess you can classify it as an eviction party,” explains Molendyk. “Some people have been evicted or told to leave and they had a big party, which of course causes a lot of damage as a result.”

Around 10 people were arrested that night.

“Things get out of hand when you have that many people at a house party,” adds Molendyk.

He says that while many slept it off and were released the next morning, one teen was charged.

A 17-year-old man allegedly assaulted one of the officers and ran away but was located shortly after by the K9 team.

He is expected to appear in court on Feb. 23, facing numerous charges including assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Molendyk says the party tied up a large portion of police resources for several hours and that the house reportedly sustained a significant amount of damage.



SAR finds missing hunters

Two local hunters are now safe after a concerned family reported them missing early this morning.

Vernon Search and Rescue Search Manager Leigh Pearson says 20 members of their team were called out at 9:00 a.m. to assist the RCMP in the search for two overdue hunters in the Beau Park area off of Westside Road.

“The two males had gone hunting yesterday and had failed to return home last night as planned,” says Pearson. “At noon today, the wife of one of the males received a text from her husband advising that they had gotten their vehicle stuck and waited until daylight to dig it out.”

Pearson says the men made contact as soon as they had cell service, after freeing the vehicle and driving out of the bush today.  

RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says the two men went hunting this weekend in the Whiteman Creek area and were expected to return home Sunday.



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