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Arrest in murder case

Kamloops RCMP have arrested a suspect in a Jan. 26 homicide.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush said a 65-year-old resident of the city was arrested for murder on Friday.

Police were called to a motel on the 1700 Block of the Trans Canada Highway, where they discovered a deceased a 49-year-old male. 

The Kamloops RCMP Serious Crime Unit was called in and investigated with the B.C. Coroners Service to determine that the death was a homicide.  

Further details will be released as the investigation progresses over the coming days, said Bush.  


Fishy project hooks award

McElhanney Consulting Services and Urban Systems Ltd. of Kamloops took the top award for Specialized Engineering Services at the 12th annual Deputy Minister’s Consulting Engineers Awards, for their work on the Ellis Creek fish bypass channel in Penticton.

The two firms were awarded a $175,000 contract to design an upstream fish passage that would allow fish species such as kokanee, salmon and rainbow trout to freely navigate around a 1.5-metre high obstruction, put in place more than 50 years ago on Ellis Creek.

Removing this barrier was not an option as it contains an active municipal sewer main. Other design challenges included variable stream flows and limited space for the works to be constructed.

The team addressed the challenges with an innovative solution involving a series of weirs and pools in the main stem of the creek. They also looked at a bypass channel that has a series of steps and pools to allow fish to access habitat above the barrier.

Designers worked closely with key stakeholders, including the Penticton Indian Band which provided archaeological and environmental monitoring through the duration of construction.

Within 24 hours of the new channel being filled, fish were swimming along the new route with access to many kilometers of stream habitat that had been unavailable for half a century. In addition, other stakeholders are now able to carry out fisheries enhancement projects and stocking programs upstream of the project site.

“This award highlights the unique engineering expertise and creative vision of these two firms and their dedication to excellence is an inspiration for the engineering community both in Kamloops and throughout the province,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister and MLA for Kamloops-South Thompson Todd Stone.

“Congratulations as well to all of the finalists for their work to improve B.C.’s transportation system and for helping to move people safely on our roads, highways and bridges.”

“The recipients of this award are well deserving of this honour, representing excellence and innovation in their profession,” said MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson Terry Lake.

“Their collaboration with First Nations and other stakeholders on this state-of-the-art project will provide significant benefits to the environment, to the ministry and to the people of British Columbia for years to come.”

The Ellis Creek fish bypass channel was undertaken by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure as fish habitat compensation work for the nearby Eastside Road widening project.

Pilot hurt in crash landing

A pilot was airlifted to the hospital Monday afternoon after crashing his plane in the Knutsford area of Kamloops.

The man was flying a “slow speed, ultralight” airplane above Kamloops when he crash-landed near Jackson Road, according to Cpl. Cheryl Bush of the Kamloops RCMP.

The crash is suspected to have been caused by the rigging of skis on the bottom of the plane.

“He decided to make a precautionary landing on a frozen lake to adjust the skis but during the approach he lost control of the aircraft and collided with the ground,” said Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board. “He was wearing a lap and shoulder harness and a helmet but he received serious injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged.”

An off-duty firefighter found the pilot crawling to find help in a field after the crash. The pilot was conscious when he was found, but was airlifted to the hospital.

“He was treated at the hospital for injuries but nothing life threatening,” said Cpl. Bush.

The extent of those injuries are unknown.


Kamloops water repair

Kamloops residents are being advised that city staff will be making emergency repairs to the Juniper water booster station next week.

To proceed with the repairs, the city's utility division must install a valve at the Valleyview reservoir.

Work is expected to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 10, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Water supply to the Valleyview pressure zone will be supplied from the North Shore reservoirs.

Residents in North Kamloops, Brocklehurst, Westsyde and Valleyview may experience lower than normal water pressure with a possibility of increased turbidity while repairs are made, says a release.

People are advised the water may be discoloured due to disturbed deposits in pipes but, the city says, it is not harmful as the water has been disinfected. Air may also be present in the piping.

It is being suggested people run a cold water faucet to eliminate air and discoloured water problems.

Man flees from police

A Kamloops man wanted by the RCMP may face even more charges after attempting to flee from police Thursday.

Cpl. Cheryl Bush said on Feb. 4, just before 9 a.m., Kamloops RCMP were attempting to stop a vehicle to arrest a man for domestic assault.

“As officers approached the vehicle in the Lansdown Shopping Centre, the vehicle took off from police at a high rate of speed. Police did not engage in a pursuit of the vehicle, due to public safety concerns,” said Bush.

The 24-year-old man was located and arrested at approximately 9:15 a.m. at the Northills Mall.

“The investigation is ongoing and police will be submitting a report to Crown Counsel with regards to the offences committed,” said Bush.

Suspicious male near school

Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a suspicious male near Marion Schilling School on Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Edward Preto said the man apparently approached a six-year-old girl about 1 p.m. on Park Drive.

The child was a short distance away from her mother when the man, walking a dog, approached and spoke to her about finding her parents, allowing her to pet his dog.

When the mother approached them, the little girl ran back to her mother. The man then ran away from the school in the direction of Valleyview Drive.

The child was not harmed in the interaction.

The man is described as Caucasian, in his mid-20s, with a slim build, five feet nine inches tall, with "buzz cut" hair and acne on his face. He was wearing a dark-coloured zip-up hoodie and jeans. 

The dog was described as similar to a German shepherd and about six months old. It was on a leash.

Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) to remain anonymous.

Huge hockey hoedown

One of the biggest hockey events in Kamloops' history gets underway this evening.

Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada will bring all things hockey to the B.C. Interior.

To kick off the festivities that run from Feb. 3-6, a free outdoor celebration and concert will be held at Sun Peaks Resort from 7:45 to 11 p.m. tonight.

Among the hockey royalty in attendance will be Don Cherry, Ron MacLean, Trevor Linden, Lanny McDonald, Darcy Tucker, Mark Napier, Wendel Clark, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and others.

The Holy Grail of hockey will also be in town and the Stanley Cup will be at several venues throughout the event.

A celebrity luncheon will be held Feb. 4, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre, with special guests MacLean, Cherry and Linden, as well as numerous NHL alumni, the Stanley Cup and Memorial Cup.

The WHL's 50th Season Pro Am game will also take place on Feb. 4, from 7:30-10 p.m. at Sandman Centre.
The game features teams made up of NHL and WHL alumni in a family-oriented game that will include such names as Lanny McDonald, Mark Recchi, Darcy Tucker, Wendel Clark, Mark Napier, Kirk McLean and others.

The Music of Hockey with host Ron MacLean will be held Feb. 5 from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Sandman Centre.
Musical guests include Dave Bidini & Bidini Band, Tom Wilson, Barney Bentall, Amelia Curran, Craig Northey, Bryan Trottier and Lindy Vopnfjord.

Hockey clinics will also be held Feb. 5.

On Feb. 6 the Scotiabank Community HockeyFest which will include on and off-ice clinics led by elite Kamloops Minor Hockey Association coaches and NHL alumni.

The Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada Outdoor Festival on Feb. 6 will give fans one last chance to get autographs and pictures with the hockey stars.

A full list of events, times, places and ticket prices can be found at the Scotiabank Hockey Day website.

Teen struck in hit and run

Kamloops RCMP are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a driver who struck a teenager Tuesday afternoon and fled the scene.

The 17-year-old pedestrian was hit at Valleyview Drive and Comazetto Road while using the crosswalk, about 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 2.

“The male was crossing Valleyview Drive, southbound, when he was struck and knocked to the ground,” says Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

“The vehicle is described as a red or burgundy coloured small car.”

Bush says reports from the scene indicate the car was being driven by a man who appeared to be in his 20s, and was Caucasian, with longer brown hair.

“One witness in the area stated that the vehicle sped off northbound on Comazetto Road towards the highway and was closely followed by a white truck at the time,” says Bush.

The teenager was able to make his way home before he was taken to hospital – he received treatment for minor injuries and was later released.

Police are looking to speak with the drivers of the two vehicles and urge anyone with information to call the Kamloops RCMP at 2500-828-3000 or CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous.

Mauled while feeding dog

UPDATE: 4 p.m.

The B.C. Coroners Service said Green was attacked while she was feeding the mixed-breed dog, which was chained to a structure on her property.

She died at the scene.

The dog weighed about 27 kilograms and belonged to a family member.

UPDATE: 11 a.m.

Members of the Tk'emlups First Nation near Kamloops, B.C., are mourning the death of a 78-year-old woman attacked and killed by a dog.

Kathleen Green, an elder of the First Nation, was mauled to death at her home on the southern Interior reserve Saturday night by a dog that was tied up in the backyard.

"They are deeply saddened and shocked by the tragedy that took place," said family spokeswoman Katy Gottfriedson.

"They ask that the community and other media respect their privacy at this time as they are mourning their mother, their grandmother, sister and aunt," she said.

Emergency crews called to the scene had to shoot the dog because it continued being aggressive as they arrived.

Coroner Barb McLintock said fatal dog maulings are very rare and that this case has raised many questions.

"Sometimes it can just be almost, in a sense, bad luck as to what would make an attack fatal or not fatal, so we need to do a lot of work before we know what might have led this to actually become a fatality," McLintock said.

The victim was a residential school survivor and lived with her grandson.

The dog belonged to a family member.

UPDATE: 7:50 a.m.

Kamloops RCMP are assisting the BC Coroners Service in the investigation of a fatal dog attack on an elderly woman.

RCMP say that they were called to a residence on Shuswap Road West just after 5 p.m. On Jan. 30.

“Kamloops Rural RCMP were called to a reported death, possibly related to a dog mauling,” explains Cpl. Cheryl Bush. “A 78-year-old female was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Bush says RCMP officers went into the yard of the residence where they were forced to shoot the dog to allow paramedics to reach the victim.

“The investigation is ongoing with the BC Coroner’s office, who will provide any further details on this matter,” adds Bush.

Castanet will have more details on this case as they become available.

ORIGINAL: 6 a.m.

Members of the Tk'emlups First Nation near Kamloops are mourning the death of an elder attacked and killed by a dog.

Seventy-eight-year-old Kathleen Green was mauled to death at her home on the southern Interior reserve Saturday night by a dog that was tied up in the backyard.

Emergency crews called to the scene had to shoot the dog because it continued being aggressive as they arrived.

Coroner Barb McLintock says fatal dog maulings are very rare and many questions must be answered.

She says the investigation is just beginning and the Coroners Service must do a lot of work to determine exactly why Green died.

The victim was a residential school survivor and lived with her grandson, and the dog belonged to a family member. 

Man missing in Kamloops

Kamloops RCMP are looking for the public's assistance in locating John Kraft, 47 yrs.

Kraft went missing Sunday morning from the 1500 block of Tranquille Road and hasn't been heard from since.

His family and police are concerned for his well being.

Kraft is described as Caucasian, six-feet, one-inch tall, 180 pounds with brown hair and glasses.

He was wearing brown winter jacket, blue jeans, brown and olive-coloured hiking boots and a black baseball cap with Canadian Pacific Logo

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kraft is urged to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS) to remain anonymous.

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