Stop leads to drug raids

A traffic stop in Kamloops Friday morning led to two raids on properties believed to be involved in the drug trade.

The RCMP Emergency Response Team was brought in to execute a search warrant at Heavy Metal Gym on Briar Avenue. "Distraction devices" or flash bombs were used to create loud noises as the police entered the business.  

A second search warrant was executed at a residence in the Sahali neighbourhood.

Both are believed to be linked to organized crime.

The raids followed a traffic stop in which a male was arrested for possession and trafficking of illicit drugs.  

Police did not reveal the type or quantity of drugs involved.

“No shots were fired by police or anyone else during this incident, and no one was injured,” said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jody Neuls said in a press release.

Three people were questioned and released at the scene of the business raid, one male was arrested and two others are detained pending police investigation. 

RCMP say the incident continues to unfold, and officers are still on scene, gathering evidence. 


Police incident in Kamloops

Police in Kamloops are asking people to stay away from Briar Avenue.

In a brief statement, RCMP say a police operation is unfolding on that street in the city's North Shore.

More information when it becomes available.

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Drunk driver hits cop

A drunk driver picked the wrong car to hit.

Just after 11 p.m. Thursday, an RCMP cruiser was T-boned by a small car leaving an alley onto 5th Avenue in Kamloops.

It struck the cruiser without stopping, hitting it by the driver's door and with enough force to push the police car off the road and onto the sidewalk.

The crash happened near St. Paul Street. 

Roads were icy at the time, but the driver, a 20-year-old Kamloops woman, appeared to have been drinking, says Staff Sgt. Edward Preto.

She was taken to the Kamloops police detachment for a breathalyzer test, which she failed. 

The driver was released on a promise to appear in Kamloops Provincial Court on Feb. 2 on charges of driving over 0.08 blood-alcohol level.  

Damage to the police car was significant, and it is not longer driveable. 

There were no injuries in the collision.


Error delays pool reno

A mix up in construction material has left swimmers high and dry in a Kamloops neighbourhood.

Construction at Westsyde Pool has been paused after the discovery incorrect building materials were delivered and partially installed by the general contractor.

The contractor will have to remove the existing panels and replace them with new panels that meet the required specifications.

The materials are part of the roof deck and, if not replaced, will reduce the durability of the building.

“We are acting on this as quickly as possible, but unfortunately, a delay in the re-opening of the centre is unavoidable at this point,” said Darren Crundwell, capital projects manager. “Our primary concern is to ensure the quality of the materials is not compromised. Our expectations of the long-term performance of this structure are very high, so we need to ensure it is built correctly from the start.”

As this error is not the responsibility of the city, the panels will be replaced at no additional expense to the city.

The length of the project delay will not be known until the panels are sourced.

Car fire closes highway

A driver suffered minor injuries when his car went up in flames in Kamloops overnight.

Police and firefighters responded to the scene near the Peterson Creek Bridge on the Trans-Canada Highway just before midnight.

The small, white car was fully engulfed in flames in the westbound lanes.

The highway was closed in both directions while firefighters doused the fire.

Ambulance paramedics treated the lone male driver, who was taken to Royal Inland Hospital.

It's unclear at this point what caused the fire, Sgt Darren Michels said in a press release.  

Any witnesses are asked to contact Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.  

Van driver hits wheelchair

Kamloops RCMP would like to talk to the driver of a van who ran into a person on a motorized wheelchair.

Cpl. Jodie Shelkie said RCMP received a report on Jan. 5 just before 3 p.m. that a motorized wheelchair had been hit by a silver van behind Thrift City in the 300 block of Seymour Street.

“The driver of the wheelchair did not receive any injuries, but there was damage to the scooter,” said Shelkie. “The driver of the van got out and spoke to the driver of the scooter, but left before sharing his name or vehicle insurance information”

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Deadly fight investigated

Kamloops RCMP continue their investigation into the death of a 42-year-old male in a street fight on Dec. 30.  

In the early morning hours, police were called to the scene of a fight near the 400 block of Tranquille Road. 

Police and paramedics found Sean Dunn unconscious on the ground. 

Treatment was administered, but Dunn died at the scene.

An investigation into the death is now being led by the Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit. 

The incident apparently stemmed from an argument at a local pub, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a press release.

A million reasons to smile

Talk about having a merry Christmas.

A Barriere man had a million reasons to smile after winning the guaranteed $1-million prize on the Dec. 24 Lotto 6/49 draw.

“I noticed I had all the numbers, but had to check it at least 10 times because I couldn’t believe it,” said Kelvin Fadear.

Fadear says bringing home a $1-million cheque is a fantastic way to kick off the new year, and he looks forward to sharing the win with his family.

“It’s very exciting,” he said. “My children were all surprised when I told them I won the lottery, especially on the Christmas Eve draw,”

The winning ticket was purchased at Knights Inn in Barriere.

Thieves target tires

A rash of tire thefts in the Kamloops area has prompted a warning from police.

The warning follows a recent rash of tire thefts from pickup trucks.

According to RCMP, there have been eight reports of thefts of tires from vehicles since the beginning of December.

In four of those cases, all four tires were taken, and the trucks were left on blocks.

Thieves have mainly been targeting Ford trucks, however, in one instance, a GMC was hit.

These thefts have occurred in various neighbourhoods of Kamloops.

In an effort to thwart these attacks, police recommend the following:

  • Always park in a garage if you have one.
  • Install a car alarm that includes sensors that attach to the wheels.
  • Park in an area with a lot of traffic and lighting to deter thieves.
  • Turn your wheels when parking. This makes the wheels harder to remove because they get stuck in the wheel well.
  • Use wheel locks on each wheel. The locks fit on each wheel and make the lug nuts extremely difficult to remove without a key.

“Thieves will strike where there’s opportunity,” said Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.

“Follow these preventive measures and don’t make it easy for them to remove the tires from your vehicle.”

Bridge crash in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP are advising drivers of a multiple vehicle collision on the Halston Bridge.

At 9 a.m., traffic was affected in both directions. 

Police say tow trucks are on scene and the vehicles should be cleared soon.
Police report that all bridges are very icy and ask motorists to slow down and leave ample space between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.

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