Penticton & South Okanagan News
The 52-year-old Princeton man facing charges related to a stabbing incident in the town, will be moved from Kelowna General Hospital to Penticton Regional Hospital.
Crown counsel John Swanson told the Penticton court Friday that James Buhler would be moved to Penticton for continued medical treatment sometime soon.
On March 14 the matter will again be before the courts to fix a date for an application for psychiatric remand. Swanson said by then there should be a better understanding of Buhler's medical condition.
Buhler has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the Dairy Queen in Princeton on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
On that date, Princeton RCMP responded to a report of a man stabbing a female in the parking lot of the restaurant.
Upon arrival, the police found a man cutting his throat. Officers also located two females who were the victims of multiple stab wounds.
The females fled into the restaurant in an effort to escape the man.
They did undergo medical treatment for their injuries, but have since been released from hospital.
Princeton Mayor Frank Armitage said the stabbing was a very unfortunate incident.
"It was quite traumatic for a number of people," he said. "But we are very optimistic they will come out of this, and we are very proud of our citizens and how they handled this."
Members of a charitable nonprofit are disappointed their existing license for a teaching garden in downtown Penticton will not be renewed.
The city council has denied a request for an extension of the site and advised the Penticton Urban Agriculture Association and Downtown Penticton Association that the existing license will not be renewed.
"We are not happy with this. We had no indication whatsoever they weren't satisfied with what we were doing," said Eva Durance, past president of the association.
The association put the garden in at Nanaimo Avenue and Backstreet Boulevard in 2011 with the goal of it being a teaching garden on how to grow vegetables and backyard fruits.
All the produce grown there goes to the food bank and the Soupateria.
The nonprofit has a much wider goal than just the garden, its mandate has been to work on questions of local food production and security.
Peter Wallace, land administrator for the city, said there was a three year lease that was granted two and a half years ago with the association and that lease expires June 30, 2014.
The association also requested a lease extension and increase in size from .22 acres to .32 acres in the garden, adjacent to a parking lot.
There was no provision of renewal in the lease, it was more of a trial period and the parking lot was made smaller because a perimeter was left around the lot for plantings that never materialized, said Wallace.
This comes at a time when there is a shortage of parking space downtown. In an analysis done by the city, 40 additional parking spaces and possibly more could be created in the .32 acres.
"It did not live up to expectations of what could happen on the site," said Wallace.
As part of the process, the city is willing to find another location for the garden.
The association hopes the council will change their minds.
Durance believes that information on the matter that was supposed to get to council did not reach them, so they have asked to give a presentation at the March 17 meeting.
"There seems to be a misunderstanding of what we are trying to do," she said. "We are hoping for a positive reaction at the meeting."
A judge decided in a Penticton courtroom, Thursday, there will be no restrictions on the publication of the name of a man who pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault.
Judge Meg Shaw said an expanded publication ban was vacated and an original publication ban was to be continued as ordered.
The accused, who entered the guilty plea on Jan. 29 during an arraignment hearing, is Gary Leaman, a former Penticton city councillor and mayoral candidate.
Shaw reached the decision after Joe Fries, a reporter with the Penticton Western News, made an application in February to publish the man's name and that he pleaded guilty.
Fries claimed the expanded publication ban was a restriction on his right to freedom of speech and he should be given the right to publish the man's name.
He further argued that publishing the man's name acts as a deterrent.
Shaw thanked Fries and said that having reviewed the proper process for an expanded ban that process was not followed.
The names of the complainants cannot be published, in accordance with the original order.
Leaman retired Oct 31 of last year from his job as General Manager of Cherry Lane Mall.
He is a former Penticton City Councillor who ran unsuccessfully for the mayor's chair in 2008.
A 52-year-old Princeton man has been charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon, stemming from an incident at the Dairy Queen in Princeton last week.
James Buhler remains in police custody and is still undergoing medical treatment.
Both victims are undergoing continued medical treatment for their injuries, but they have been released from the hospital.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the Princeton RCMP responded to a report of a male stabbing a female in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen..
Upon arrival, police found a man cutting his throat. Officers also located two females who were the victims of multiple stab wounds.
The females fled into the restaurant in an effort to escape the man.
The suspect was subsequently airlifted to hospital in critical condition, and the victims were transported by ground to hospital where they underwent surgeries for their wounds.
Residents, and those who work in the area, said the incident was shocking and upsetting. The Dairy Queen was closed for a day for clean-up.
Dairy Queen employees declined to comment last week, instead referring all questions to the RCMP.
Representatives from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen will host a meeting March 11 in Oliver to discuss issues arising from a proposed clean-up of signage along Highway 97 between Oliver and Osoyoos-US Border.
This particular meeting will focus on signage situated on properties along the Highway 97 corridor south of Oliver, according to Donna Butler, development services manager.
The public meeting to be held at the Oliver Community Centre, between 4 and 7 p.m., will provide an opportunity for business owners and residents to express opinions about the proposed signage clean-up.
Several business owners and residents in the area have stated concerns about the sign removal and the hardship it will create for their businesses, particularly those located away from the highway. Several attended meetings on the matter.
"Information we receive at this public meeting will be returned to the regional district for additional consideration," said Butler.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff are also expected to be in attendance.
Sixteen years before parole eligibility is not an unreasonable sentence for a man who fatally shot three others in the face and wounded two more — as one of the victims begged for his life.
Three judges of the BC Court of Appeal have issued that unanimous ruling in the case of Dustin Paul, who is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.
Paul was convicted in April 2007, more than two years after the slayings during a drug- and alcohol-fuelled bush party in October 2004 on the Penticton Indian Reserve.
The 38-year-old argued the trial judge did not adequately weigh his aboriginal background and asked that BC's highest court accept a Gladue Report, which requires consideration of cultural impacts during sentencing.
The judges allowed the report, but say the original sentence and parole limitation is not unfit, given the gravity of the crime.
Court heard Paul was in a transient psychotic state when he shot all five people with a semi-automatic handgun, including one man who pleaded for mercy but was hit twice and survived only by pretending to be dead.
The murder of Douglas Smith In Hedley remains under investigation a year after his death.
Smith, 55, was murdered inside his trailer on a property at 1039 Cawston Avenue between March 5 and 6, 2013, according to the RCMP.
Officers are seeking public assistance for further information regarding the investigation.
Anyone who was in contact with Smith on those dates, who has not yet spoken to police, is asked to call investigators.
Smith moved with his young family to Hedley in 1981. He worked as a truck driver and was known in the community for his generosity.
Contact Investigators: Cpl. Joelle Scriver at (250) 469-2241 or Cst. Mike Kube at (250) 300-1369.
Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-222-8477.
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