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SUV flipped in collision

An SUV ended up on its roof in Kamloops Monday afternoon after colliding with a car that had run a red light.

Just after 4 p.m., police responded to Seymour Street and 6th Avenue.

The SUV was travelling east along Seymour Street when it was hit by the car heading southbound on 6th Avenue.

The SUV was flipped by the impact, but both drivers did not suffer any serious injuries.

Reports from those at the scene said the car had difficulty stopping for the red light, and hit the SUV at a significant speed.

Police continue to investigate the crash. 





Top tourism officials meet

Sun Peaks will be the tourism centre of the province this week when tourism officials gather for their annual general meeting.

The Kamloops-area ski hill is playing host to the Tourism Industry Association of British Columbia's AGM and summit.

The three-day event, May 24-26, will include keynote speakers such as Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination BC, and Keith Henry, chairperson and CEO of the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada.

Tourism Minister Shirley Bond will also be there.

"Tourism Sun Peaks recognizes the successful marketing efforts by the province of British Columbia, Destination BC and the Tourism Industry Association of BC that have made British Columbia the leading tourism destination in Canada,” said Colin Brost, director of market development for tourism.

“Sun Peaks winter visits from the past season broke previous records and we are looking forward to a strong summer season, already pacing 22 per cent ahead of last year. Our tourism businesses are excited to have B.C.’s tourism leaders meeting here in Sun Peaks and we appreciate industry recognition of Sun Peaks as the ideal meeting location for provincial organizations.”

"TIABC is ecstatic to bring its first-ever, multi-day AGM and Summit to spectacular Sun Peaks," said Walt Judas, CEO of the tourism industry association. "Along with an excellent program, delegates will find the setting inspirational and the resort's hospitality second to none."

The event is the industry's only all-provincial tourism gathering of 2016. 



New CPO office opens

Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar has hailed the opening of the new North Shore Community Policing Office.

The new office is located on the North Shore, at 915 – 7th Street in the old Kamloops Kia building.

“The new Community Policing Office will better serve our community by providing the opportunity for more comprehensive services to be offered on the North Shore,” said Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar.

Previously, the North Shore community policing office was located on Fortune Drive.

The new office is considerably larger in size and in staffing numbers.

There will be 12 full-time RCMP officers, up to five full-time City of Kamloops staff, and up to 70 volunteers working out of the new office.

"We are excited and very much looking forward to moving into the new North Shore Community Policing Office," stated Supt. Brad Mueller. "Policing today is all about forming partnerships and working with the community.

The following services and programs will be available to the public at the office:

  • Police Information Checks
  • Civilian Digital Fingerprinting (coming summer 2016)
  • Chauffeur Permit Applications
  • Auxiliary Constable Program
  • Crime Prevention Section
  • Community Policing and Community Safety Initiatives
  • Citizens on Patrol
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Car 40 Program
  • Restorative Justice
  • School Liaison Officer
  • Speed Watch


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Kamloops teen missing

RCMP in Kamloops are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing teenager.

Maryjane Carlick, who goes by ‘MJ’, was last seen May 2nd on Sydney Avenue on the North Shore.

Carlick is described as:

  • First Nations female
  • 14 years old
  • 5-feet-7-inches tall
  • 110 lbs
  • longer brown hair
  • brown eyes

Carlick is said to frequent the North Shore.

Anyone with information on the teen's whereabouts is urged to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.



Dog goes to pot

What may sound like the premise for a drug culture comedy is no laughing matter for Barb Alonzo.

The Kamloops resident says she and her family were camping recently at nearby Roche Lake when she noticed Boone, the family's Weimaraner, acting strangely.

The large, short-haired dog was lethargic and seemed to be disoriented.

Kamloops veterinarian Bruce Maricle says the dog had likely eaten marijuana butts left by previous campers.

Boone could barely stand and, after several hours, began to shake violently but Alonzo says he was back to normal within a few days.

Maricle notes cases of marijuana toxicity can be fatal to small dogs.

He says unlike cigarette butts, which are mostly ignored by dogs, man's best friend seems to like pot because cases of poisoned pets are climbing.



Arrest made, drugs seized

Kamloops RCMP have arrested a man previously known to police, seizing several hundred grams of a variety of drugs.

The investigation into the 41-year-old Kamloops man began after police responded to a residence on Parkcrest Avenue for reports of shots fired on April 24.

No one was injured in the shooting, but police had previously labeled the house a “problem residence,” and further investigation identified suspects involved in organized crime.

The investigation led to a house on the 900 block of 13th Street on May 5, where police arrested the 41-year-old suspect.

Inside the house, police found a number of drugs, including 439 grams of methamphetamine, 11 grams of crack cocaine, 114 grams of powdered cocaine, 27 grams of heroin and 13 pills suspected of containing fentanyl.

The search of the house led to a storage locker, which contained an additional 56 grams of cocaine, 103 grams of heroin, 12 bottles of steroids and over a kilogram of a white powder police believe to be heroin of fentanyl. Police are waiting on lab results to identify the white powder.

“This investigation is an example of the concerted effort that Kamloops RCMP makes to identify, target and arrest those who are responsible for supplying and selling illicit drugs in our city,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a statement. “We know that there are different factions of organized crime attempting to sell drugs in Kamloops."



Crash driver still drinking

The driver of a pickup involved in a parking lot collision in Kamloops overnight was found to be still drinking from an open can of beer.

Kamloops RCMP were called to the incident at a parking lot on Victoria Street at 11:45 p.m. Thursday.

The GMC truck had collided with a Toyota Echo with sufficient force to push it into a Chrysler Intrepid parked nearby.

Police say a 58-year-old Kamloops woman behind the wheel of the truck was found to be grossly intoxicated, and was still drinking.

The woman was arrested and is facing charges of impaired driving and refusing to provide breath samples.

She is expected to appear in Kamloops provincial court on June 27.



Chamber welcomes pipeline

The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce has hailed the National Energy Board’s blessing of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

“Citizens will see great economic benefit within the Kamloops community” from the project, said Ryan Scorgie, president of the chamber's board of directors.

A Community Benefit Agreement will provide over $700,000 in direct support to a variety of community projects and the City of Kamloops will also see an increase in tax revenue of $1.2 million on an annual basis, according to figures in a chamber press release.

The chamber also expects significant economic activity in the area and the opportunity for local businesses to work on and support the project.

“The chamber strives to increase business opportunities within our region, as well as provide a voice for local businesses to all levels of government,” said Scorgie. “It is our hope that we provide a sustainable process for resources development and economic growth within Kamloops, B.C. and across Canada.”



Hit-and-run driver sought

Kamloops Rural RCMP are reaching out to the public for information on a hit-and-run collision that happened last summer.

On July 19, 2015, at about 2:30 a.m. a group of three males were walking single file along Sun Peaks Road when a dark-coloured older model pickup struck one of the males and sped away.

“Police searched the area for the vehicle and asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the vehicle or the driver,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

“Numerous tips were received, but none helped determine who the suspect driver was.”

The victim suffered a serious head injury and lower body injuries, but has since recovered.

RCMP are once again asking the public for any information they may have on this incident.

Contact Kamloops RCMP or Crime Stoppers to remain anonymous.



Missing man found

UPDATED: 4:25 p.m.

According to a post on Facebook by the Simpcw First Nation, Roy Lampreau, who has been missing since Monday, has been found.

He has been transported to a nearby hospital. 


ORIGINAL: 4:13 p.m.

RCMP are requesting the public’s help in finding a missing Barriere man.

Roy Lampreau, 72, left his home at 6 a.m. on May 16 to cut firewood.

He gave his family no indication of where he was going, but he has not yet returned home.

Lampreau is diabetic and suffers from high blood pressure. He requires medication and his family is concerned for his well-being.

Lampreau is believed to be driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck with a B.C. licence plate CA-5902.

Lampreau is a 220 pound, 5’8” First Nations man with a shaved head and stocky build.

He was last seen wearing a grey shortsleeve shirt and black sweat pants.

Police have received an unconfirmed report that Lampreau was seen heading up East Barriere Lake Road early Monday morning.

Police are asking anyone with information on Lampreau’s whereabouts to call 250-672-9918.



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