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Police bust Red Scorpions

The Kamloops RCMP is announcing charges in connection to a drug trafficking investigation targeting the Red Scorpions gang.

Police say the charges are a result of multiple operations undertaken by RCMP between October 2016 and March 2017.

On Dec. 1, 2016 a vehicle stopped in Merritt was found to contain a substantial amount of cash. Gregory Wilson and Brandon Chappell, both of Kamloops were charged with possession of property obtained by crime over $5000.

Then in Jan. 2017, police raided the Heavy Metal Gym and home of Chappell. At the home, officers found another substantial quantity of currency, drugs and a firearm. More charges were sworn against Chappell.

On March 30, 2017, Kamloops RCMP executed a search warrant at the home of Chappell and Erwin Dagle of Kamloops.

In Chappell’s home, police found more cash. At Dagle’s home, police seized cash, bulk supplies of cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil.

During the course of the investigation, Kamloops RCMP seized $191,445.00 in cash, 1.3 kg of cocaine, 56 grams of heroin, 448 grams of fentanyl, 717 grams of methamphetamine, 231 grams of MDMA and 1 firearm.



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Driver flees without gun

RCMP officers in Kamloops were out looking for impaired drivers Saturday night but ended up arresting a man who fled and finding a loaded handgun.

At approximately 8:32 p.m., members of Kamloops Municipal Traffic Services were conducting a Counter Attack road block on Seymour St. West when they noticed a vehicle turn around rather than go past them.

“The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed going the wrong way on the one way street and eventually coming to a dead end,” said Const. Mike Scherpenisse, RCMP spokesperson. “Two males then fled from the car.”

Officers set up containment in the area and, with the assistance of a passing motorist, a police dog was able to track a suspect who was taken into custody.

“The male remains in custody on an outstanding warrant for his arrest and police will be recommending several new charges related to this event,” said Scherpenisse.

Police are still searching for the second suspect who is described as wearing blue pants, a grey hoody under a black jacket, possibly wearing a black ball cap and carrying a black backpack.

Meanwhile, officers located a loaded 44 revolver handgun as well as a knife in the front of the car, said Scherpenisse.



Plea to halt parking hike

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association is asking city father's to postpone a planned parking fee increase.

A 25 cent per hour increase is scheduled to take affect Jan. 1. The increase was part of a bylaw put in place four years ago.

However, the association says at the time the bylaw was enacted, there were expected timelines and outcomes that have not yet been realized.

The association says with delays in meter installation, the increase should be deferred for a year.

"Considering the lack of newly created long term public parking, receiving timely and relevant information on our current downtown parking situation and the negative public perception regarding parking downtown, the KCBIA is requesting that city council defer the slated Jan.1, 2018 increase for one year, until a study has been completed, or creation of long term parking," association GM Gay Pooler said in a news release Friday.



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Officer charged with assault

A Kamloops RCMP officer has been charged with assault causing bodily harm in connection with an August incident while he was on duty.

Const. Joedy Todd Henderson was charged Wednesday and is expected to first appear in court on Jan. 11, for the Aug. 25, 2017 incident.

“The charge was approved by an experienced Crown counsel who is located in a different area of the province than the officer under investigation, and who has no prior or current connection with this officer,” said Dan McLaughlin, communications with the BC Prosecution Service.

No other information about the incident that led to the charge has been released.  



Bait cars set to catch thieves

The Kamloops RCMP Crime Reduction Unit is warning car thieves to watch out.

Bait vehicles have been placed around Kamloops, including shopping malls and other busy areas to catch crooks trying to break-in. The twist this year is RCMP officers have added parcels and packages in them. 

The bait vehicles have been equipped with audio and video equipment that can be tracked and monitored by the police so anyone attempting to steal the vehicle or the items inside, will be quickly apprehended by the Crime Reduction Unit.

RCMP are reminding the public to always lock your vehicle, take all keys with you and don’t leave any valuables inside.



Teen grabbed but gets away

Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who grabbed a teenage girl on 9th Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

On Dec 6th at around 2:30 p.m., a 15-year-old girl had a frightening encounter as she walked northbound on 9th Avenue, between South Kamloops Secondary School and Lloyd George Elementary School, when a middle-aged man grabbed her by the arm.

Luckily, the girl was able to pull away and run down to Columbia Avenue where she was meeting her father.

Patrols were made by both the girl’s father and police officers but a suspect was not located, police said.

The man is described as Caucasian, approximately 50 years old, wearing a black toque, black hoodie and baggy brown pants.

Anyone with information about the incident or who can identify the male, is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.



Big rig nearly hits teens

Two teens had to act fast to get out of the path of tractor trailer unit that jumped a curb in Kamloops.

RCMP are seeking witnesses to the incident of dangerous driving that occurred Tuesday, Nov. 28. 

“At approximately 10 a.m., two young teen girls were walking on Westsyde Road near Serle Road when a semi-truck swerved into Serle Road and hopped onto the curb before continuing on Westsyde Road southbound,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “To avoid being hit by the semi, one of the girls pushed her friend out of the way, causing her to fall, hit her head and break her finger.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed this incident or who may have seen the semi to call 250-828-3000.



Suspect smashes windows

Kamloops RCMP are looking for whoever smashed several windows in the downtown core overnight.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said the windows of three businesses were broken.

“At 3:30 a.m., the front windows of PDK, Hello Toast and Expedia Travel, all located in the 400 block of Victoria, were broken. No access was gained to any of the businesses,” said Shelkie.

Anyone with any information, is asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.



Reckless driver caught

Kamloops RCMP got their man, eventually.

Joshua Real Charles Foucault has been charged with numerous charges under the Criminal Code after fleeing from police, driving dangerously and hitting a police vehicle.

This after an incident back on November 22nd when a police officer attempted to pull over a vehicle near Heffley Creek on the Yellowhead Highway.  The driver refused to stop and drove recklessly before driving into the passenger side of a police car.  The vehicle then sped away.  Later that day police were able to identify the vehicle and the driver.  The next day the vehicle was recovered unoccupied near Barriere.

RCMP caught up with Foucault yesterday, Monday, December 4th in Barriere.

Foucault's charged with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Police, Assault with a Motor Vehicle and Breach of Probation. 



'Dog purposely hit'

Alanna Kelly

Kelly Pantalone couldn’t believe what she witnessed in Kamloops early Saturday night.

She was driving down Batchelor Hills Drive just before the Halston Avenue overpass around 7 p.m. when she noticed a dog running down the right side of the hill.

“It was running scared from something and, at the intersection, it darted out into the middle of the road and there was a jeep coming down the hill with us and it was in the left lane,” she said. “The jeep sped up when it saw the dog in the middle of the road. It swerved into the dog on purpose.”

Pantalone called bylaw and police to report the incident, which she believed was intentional.

“I just started freaking out, it was terrible to see, it was really bad,” she said. “Who could do something like that?”

She posted her tale of the tragic event in multiple Facebook groups because she knew someone would be wondering where their dog had gone.

And that is how the owner found out her missing dog was killed after being struck by a jeep.

Stephanie McGinty was frantically trying to find her dog, Lucky, Saturday evening, after he ran away from the Batchelor Heights area.

McGinty posted in a Facebook group that she was missing her dog and people connected her to Pantalone.

While the driver of the jeep fled the scene, a witness took Lucky to the vet and stayed with the dog the entire time.

McGinty said she hopes someone may know something about the person who hit the dog.

“Clearly, this gentleman had intentions to hit my dog,” said McGinty. “It is sick, and people should watch out for people like this."

After word broke about the incident, another man said his dog was hit in the same area by a vehicle that fits the same description. He is offering a $5,000 reward for anyone who can identify the driver.

The vehicle is believed to be a black or blue Jeep, less than 10 years old, which has two doors and may have damage to the front of the vehicle.



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