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Missing teen found

UPDATE: FRIDAY 1 p.m.

Shanna Dodman has been found safe and sound. According to the aunt of the missing Kamloops teen she has been in contact with her family and she is ok. 


UPDATE: FRIDAY 9 a.m.

The aunt of a Kamloops teenager reported missing and located Thursday by RCMP in Logan Lake says police dropped the ball, and she is once again unaccounted for.

Kelly Venus of West Kelowna said Friday morning that Shanna Dodman is still missing.

"The police just allowed her to walk away after they found her," said Venus.

"We are terrified. Shanna has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from previous bullying and doesn't have her medication with her.

"When (the police) said they had located her at a friend's house in Logan Lake, they assumed she was safe. But the mother there didn't want any of the drama and kicked her out of the house. That was that, and we haven't seen or heard from her since."

Venus said Dodman is rumoured to be hitch-hiking to Vancouver.

"The police weren't looking at the big picture. We wish they would have brought her home to safety."


UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

Shanna Dodman, 15, has been located in Logan Lake. 

Kamloops RCMP said she was found "safe and sound" shortly after 4 p.m. 
 


ORIGINAL STORY

Kamloops RCMP are requesting the public's assistance locating a missing teen.

Shanna Dodman, 15, was last seen Jan. 28 and was quickly reported missing by her family, as it is out of character for her to not have contact with them.

She is described as:

  • caucasian female
  • 15 years old
  • 6 feet tall
  • 155 pounds
  • Long brown hair with pink streaks
  • Blue/green eyes

She was last seen wearing:

  • Black tights
  • Grey T-shirt with red plaid shirt over top
  • Red, white and purple jacket
  • Light brown ugg boots

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Shanna Dodman is urged to contact their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).



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Tire shop death ID'd

UPDATE JAN 29, 2015:

The Kamloops man who lost his life in a tragic workplace accident has been identified by the BC Coroners Service.

Nicklas Jay Kristen Taylor, 36, was a foreman at the Fountain Tire facility on Lafarge Road.

Taylor was found deceased at the scene at around 6 a.m. He was unloading a trailer-load of tires when he somehow became trapped by a very large tire.

The BC Coroners Service and WorkSafe BC continue to investigate this death.


ORIGINAL JAN 27, 2015:

A Kamloops man died after his body was discovered trapped between a large tire and truck Tuesday.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was working on a delivery at the Fountain Tire store on Lafarge Road in Kamloops when the accident took place.

“No one saw it from what we can determine so far, but that may come out as the investigation unfolds,” explains Scott McCloy, media relations for WorkSafeBC.

It is believed the man had already succumbed to his injuries when his trapped body was discovered, but McCloy says that will be officially determined by the B.C. Coroner's Service.

The file has now been turned over from the RCMP to WorkSafeBC. It will work to determine how the accident occurred.

"We will try to get this done as quickly as we can and as carefully as we can, as we recognize a lot of people are very concerned about this,” says McCloy. “Not just the workers on site and the employer, but the families as well. Our hearts really go out to the workers at the site and, of course, the fatally injured worker and his family.”

McCloy says an occupational safety officer and an Investigations Officer arrived late Tuesday morning to begin the process of determining what happened, why it happened and how it can be prevented from happening in the future.

“It is a real concern for us.”



Brewskies before bloody stabbing

The last person to see Albert Michell alive — besides the man accused of killing him — says the trio enjoyed a quiet evening drinking a few beers and smoking pot without any conflict.

“Quite frankly, it was a pleasant social evening for everyone,” Colin Gilker told a B.C. Supreme Court trial involving his neighbour's murder.

Cory Bird, 27, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Michell in August 2008.

Court heard he was stabbed 73 times in his home in Lytton.

The Crown has told the jury that it's Bird's second trial.

Gilker, a 61-year-old English instructor, taught at Siska First Nation when Michel was stabbed to death on the reserve.

Gilker, now an adult basic-education instructor at Capilano University in North Vancouver, said he occasionally socialized with Michell.

The two lived in the same apartment building in the Fraser Canyon First Nations community.

On a weekday in early August 2008, Michell asked Gilker for a ride to nearby Boston Bar. Bird joined the two older men for the ride on the Trans-Canada Highway to the community, where Michell picked up 18 beers and a bottle of liqueur.

Gilker, who described Michell as a good neighbour during the two years they lived side by side, accepted an invitation to come to his apartment after the three returned from Boston Bar.

He testified that at Michell’s house, they chatted, drank Heineken beer and smoked marijuana. Gilker estimated he had three beer and two or three puffs from a marijuana pipe, while the other two men had about the same.

Gilker said he went back to his apartment, where he fetched a DVD of the movie "Apocalypse Now." He brought it back to Michell’s place and the three watched the movie until about 11 p.m.

He said he left about halfway through the movie to go home. The next morning, Bird returned the DVD to Gilker’s spouse while he was on the phone some time after 9 a.m.

The mood that evening, Gilker testified, was “sociable, friendly and personable.”

The Crown alleges Bird killed Michell fatally and repeatedly stabbed between the time Gilker left the apartment and 9 a.m. the next day.

Crown lawyer Frank Caputo said during his opening address to the jury last week that Bird hitchhiked across the country after the murder, eventually being taken into custody following a brief standoff with police in Montreal.

He said Bird admitted to officers that he had killed a man in B.C.

Court heard Bird initially told police he was acting in self-defence, but later said that wasn’t true. 

The Canadian Press


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Food security focus of TRU event

Laura Kalina is passionate about a healthy food economy in her community. “I would love to see Kamloops food-secure,” said Kalina, author of Building Food Security in Canada and co-founder of the Kamloops Food Policy Council.

“Years ago, we had many canneries in Kamloops. My dream is to get back to what Kamloops was in the 1940s… they had apple orchards and tomatoes and just a really vibrant agricultural community,” said Kalina.

She is looking forward to “getting people excited about food security and the abundance that we have in Kamloops ” at the upcoming CommUnity Innovation Lab Feb. 3r-5 at Thompson Rivers University.

When Kalina first moved to Kamloops in 1987, she saw “a fair amount of food insecurity (and) a lot of single-parents not able feed their families. By the third week of the month, money was running out. So that prompted me (to start KFPC) because it was hard to believe that people really didn’t have the food available to feed their families.”

A couple of years later, she realized “everybody is food insecure. If there is an earthquake in Hope, we’d run out of food within three days.”

The KFPC, established in 1995 as an effort to strengthen the food economy, educates the public on food security issues and partners with local organizations to establish such things as community gardens, public produce and community kitchens. 

KFPC has many partnerships in the community, such as the Gardengate Training Centre, which is run by Open Door, the Kamloops Public Produce Program, working in partnership with the City of Kamloops, and the Gleaning Abundance Program.

Kalina believes one of KFPC’s biggest accomplishments is getting city council working toward a healthy food policy. She hopes the Food and Urban Agriculture Plan will be in place by the end of the year. 

“That’s amazing to actually get policy within the city to support sustainable food and urban agriculture,” she said. 

Kalina's vision includes “more community gardens, more public produce and people who are growing food on their front lawn and at bus stops.”

Education is important, too. “Farm-to-school programs where we have farmers growing food for the schools, more community kitchens, and more education around food, cooking and canning” are some of the things KFPC works toward. 

“Food security is such a mammoth job, and nobody can do it alone. It’s all sectors of the community,” she said.  

To learn more about sustainable food economies and to register for the CommUnity Innovation Lab, visit http://freshoutlookfoundation.org

— By Racheal Estok



Kamloops maps out council plan

Kamloops city council has its eyes on the future following a day and a half strategy session.

And that future includes adopting an official community plan while reviewing services.

Council and senior administration set priorities for the coming four years, starting with a review of issues and opportunities around the economy, infrastructure, livability, environment and governance.  

Key topics that emerged in the review were explored in greater detail to determine short-term priorities and longer-term direction, the city says in a press release.  

Goals from the previous strategic plan were reinforced and will serve as the overarching framework.  Council agreed on the following immediate short-term priorities:

  • Cultural centre business plan
  • Official community plan
  • Service capacity review
  • Industrial land strategy
  • Downtown revitalization bylaw review

The next steps will be to bring a draft plan, including medium and longer-term priorities, to council for adoption.

Gord McIntosh, facilitator for the session, observed, “This planning session showed that council is off to a great start based on their high level of collaboration in the process.”

Mayor Peter Milobar said, “This has been a slightly different approach to developing a strategic plan.  I’m pleased to see how council worked together and came to consensus on a diverse list of topics and opportunities for our community.”



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