Rollover at Stickle

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m.

RCMP in the North Okanagan say a woman driving a vehicle that flipped after a crash on Highway 97 this morning will survive.

The 41-year-old Rav4 driver swerved to avoid a black Ford F350 towing a large fifth-wheel trailer that was turning onto the Highway from Stickle Road. The two vehicles collided, then the Rav4 flipped.

Emergency crews had to free her from the vehicle.

She was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  

The occupants of the truck were not injured.


There was another crash Friday morning at a notorious intersection along Highway 97.

The two-vehicle crash happened at about 9 a.m. at Highway 97 and Stickle Road in Vernon. At least one driver was taken to hospital after a vehicle flipped onto its roof.

The incident slowed traffic for over an hour.

Stickle Road has been in the news often, as city officials debate how to make the intersection safer.

There have been three fatal collisions in the last 10 years at the intersection.

'It happened so fast'

UPDATE: 2:25 p.m.

A firefighter and resident were both treated for smoke inhalation after trying to save a dog from a house fire.

The fire started Thursday night on the bottom floor of a house on 39th Avenue.

Deputy Vernon fire Chief Lawrie Skolrood said both the firefighter and resident have recovered. He added the fire department always encourages people not to go back into a burning home once they've escape.

He said it was unfortunate they weren't able to save the pet.

Meanwhile, neighbours credited firefighters with arriving exceptionally fast.

"It could have been a lot more catastrophic if the guys didn't do the job they did," said Skolrood.

Fire investigators were sifting through evidence Friday, looking for the cause, but the investigation will take time because of the extensive damage.

ORIGINAL: 10:20 a.m.

When Alicia Settle looked out her window Thursday night, she was startled.

Smoke was billowing from the front and side doors of the house across the street. She sprung into action, quickly calling 911, then running across 39th Avenue to warn the residents.

"It happened so fast," she said. "Flames ignited from the bottom window."

Two people from the top unit managed to escape, but a young woman was screaming "my dog!" 

Firefighters arrived within a minute of the call at about 10:30 p.m., said Settle.

Another witness said a firefighter tried to rescue the dog – but wasn't able to save the pet. He was apparently treated for smoke inhalation. 

The resident in the bottom suite, where the fire seemed to originate, wasn't home at the time.

Charged in student's death

Police in Vernon have arrested a man wanted in connection with the death of a Japanese student who has been missing for weeks.

Vancouver Police found the body of Natsumi Kogawa, 30, at a mansion in Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood on Sept. 28 just before 7 p.m.

Hours later, RCMP in the North Okanagan arrested William Victor Schneider, 48, in Vernon. He has been charged with Indignity to a human body and remains in custody.

An autopsy is being conducted Monday, and police are not ruling out more charges.

“While on the surface, the appearance is that (a homicide charge) is appropriate, we can’t work with appearances. We have to work with facts and evidence,” said acting Sgt. Brian Montague with Vancouver Police.

Police are saying little about the arrest itself.

“As far as what information led to Mr. Schneider being arrested, I’m not in a position to comment,” he said.

Police will not say specifically where he was taken into custody. However, at about the same time as the arrest, police put crime scene tape up in Polson Park.

A makeshift camp was located behind police tape. Police characterized Schneider as being from numerous communities throughout B.C. – in other words, homeless.

Vernon RCMP have passed along Castanet's request for more information about what happened in Polson Park to Montague, who has also been the point-person for the investigation into Schneider.

Police seek missing man

Police in the North Okanagan are hoping for help finding a missing man.

Bradley Moore, 29, was last seen in Vernon on Sept. 2.

He has distinct tattoos, including a skull on his right upper arm and "Moore" on his neck.

He's described as 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, with short light brown hair and blue eyes.

Police are asking anyone with information about his location to call the RCMP at 250-545-7171 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Get your eat on

The Upper Room Mission wants you to get your eat on this Sunday.

The URM is hosting it’s first annual Autumn Rib Fest and Community Open House to support hungry children in the community.

“This is a great chance to come down, and enjoy some amazing food, and have a walk around our agency and learn more about what we do for the community’s less fortunate,” said Lisa Anderson, Upper Mission’s Director of Resource Development.

The goal of the program is to provide nutritious food items to children so they are able to make healthy food choices.

The Rib Fest and Community Open House runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and is located at 3403-27th Avenue in Vernon.

Recycled bottles and cans may also be dropped off.

For more information, contact Lisa at 250-549-1231 ext. 29 or email her at [email protected]

RCMP leave park

UPDATE: 4:17 p.m.

Police continue to remain tight-lipped about the investigation in Polson Park Thursday morning, which has now concluded.

Police vehicles and crime scene tape that once blocked a path heading into the Park, off Highway 97, were gone by 3 p.m. Thursday. 

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says the RCMP have "concluded their investigative activities this afternoon" in the park, but he would not elaborate on the nature of the investigation.

A short walk up the once-blocked-off path leads to what appears to be a small camp, with mattresses, blankets, several tarps and strewn garbage.  

UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.

Police are saying little about crime scene tape up in Vernon's Polson Park.

"The Vernon RCMP is current examining two scenes at Polson park in relation to an ongoing investigation," said a brief statement from RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

He provided no other details.

ORIGINAL: 8:45 a.m.

RCMP officers are on the scene in Polson Park this morning at an apparent crime scene.

A wooded area below Vernon Jubilee Hospital is taped off, but police on scene are not saying what happened.

Park maintenance staff told Castanet three people are known to camp in that area, but they were not sure what happened. 

Castanet will have more details as soon as they are available.

– with files from Jon Manchester

Sentencing set for Krewson

The sentencing date has been set for Howard Krewson, the man found guilty of second-degree murder for killing Linda Ross.

Krewson, 57, was found guilty by a jury of 12 people on Sept. 24, after a two week trial in Vernon's Supreme Court.

He remains in custody and will face sentencing on Dec. 12, 2016.

Krewson had had an argument with Ross, a Vernon teacher, in her Trinity Valley home in June 2014, and shot her in the back, killing her. He then turned the gun around and shot himself in the face.

Krewson said he had no memory of the incident and had been too impaired by drugs and alcohol to form the intent required for second-degree murder.

The minimum sentence for his conviction is life in prison with no parole for 10 years.

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