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Death in Salmon Arm

RCMP continue to assist the BC Coroners Service with its investigation into the death of a 56-year-old Salmon Arm man, however they do not believe foul play was involved.

Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said on Monday July 17, at approximately 2:30 p.m., Salmon Arm RCMP attended a Tappen area residence in regards to a reported death of a 56-year-old male.

“Police attended and found the male deceased inside his residence near Salmon Arm,” said Moskaluk. The RCMP South East District Major Crime Unit and Forensic Identification Unit initially assisted in the initial stages of the investigation.

“Following the preliminary stages of the investigation and a forensic examination of the scene RCMP investigators and the BC Coroners Service have made a determination that the man's death is not considered suspicious at this time,” said Moskaluk.

The name of the man has not been released, nor has the cause of death.

Out of the house, at the fest

Some of the most infamous house guests from last season’s Big Brother Canada will be outside rather than inside this August at the 2017 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival .

“We all have our guilty television pleasures,” said David Gonella, the festival's executive director. “I’d be lying if I said Big Brother Canada was not on the PVRs of some of our staff and volunteers."

Karen Singbeil, a mom of three from Victoria, made it all the way until the final vote in the house last year.

Known for her ability to adapt, keep people laughing and beating the odds, Singbeil is a lover of the Shuswap and was thrilled to confirm her attendance.

“I love knowing that Karen is already familiar with the area and can an advocate for its beauty. We always love when mom packs up the family and ventures to our neck of the woods – we can’t wait to see Karen and her crew.”

Karen will not be the only house guest at the festival this year so attendees should keep their eyes open when arriving at the festival on Aug. 17.

“Maybe Roots and Blues will have a 'show-mance' or two of its own this year,” said Gonella.

The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival celebrates its 25th year Aug. 17-20.

For more information and for tickets, go online.

3-car crash closes highway

A serious three-car collision closed the Trans-Canada Highway east of Sorrento Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened about 4 p.m., near the Blind Bay golf course.

It closed the highway in both directions eight kilometres east of Sorrento, according to DriveBC.

The highway reopened about 5:40 p.m.

The extent of any injuries in the collision is not known.


Attempted child abduction

A man has tried to abduct a three-year-old child in Malakwa, near Sicamous.

RCMP were called to a rural residence on the 4000 block of Malakwa Road Thursday morning after the mother of the child spotted a male trying to lure the youngster into a vehicle using a small dog or a puppy.

Police do not say if the child was a girl or a boy.

“The mother heard yelling and when she looked, she observed a male standing approximately 10 feet from the child, with what appeared to be a small dog or puppy,” said Cpl. Janelle Shoihet, RCMP spokesperson. “The mother called the child to her, while the male scooped up the dog, boarded a late model Lincoln sedan and departed.”

The suspect is described as a Caucasian male between 40-45 years of age with short, thinning blond hair and of average height and build.

The vehicle is described as a four-door, late model black Lincoln, similar to a MKZ, bearing a B.C. licence plate.

The small dog with the suspect was tan and white in colour.

Anyone with information about the incident, or who saw the event, is asked to contact the Sicamous RCMP at 250-836-2878 and cite file 2017-869.

Two hikers lost in woods

Salmon Arm RCMP helped locate a pair of lost hikers in the hills between White Lake and Eagle Bay, Monday. 

The female hikers, aged 51 and 54, were able to call emergency services, but did not have a way to locate themselves on their phones.

They managed to make their way to a forest service road, but couldn't get their bearings and had run out of water. Police and a local resident located the pair safely.

RCMP remind hikers to take more water than you think you might need, as well as survival items and a jacket, in case you have to spend the night outdoors. 

Shuswap Lake drowning

RCMP divers have recovered the body of a 37-year-old Surrey man from Shuswap Lake.

Salmon Arm RCMP members were called to a local campground on Sunday where the man, who was vacationing in the area, had gone missing while in the lake within a designated swimming area.

“Our local Salmon Arm Search and Rescue team was called in to conduct a shore search as the Salmon Arm RCMP maintained a presence at the location overnight,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West, head of the Salmon Arm detachment. "On July 3 (Monday), the RCMP Southeast District Underwater Recovery Team attended early in the morning and recovered the male from Shuswap Lake.”

West expressed his condolences to the victim's family and released no further information.

Sept sentencing for shooting

A North Okanagan man faces sentencing in September in connection with a 2015 incident near Enderby that sent another man to hospital with serious gunshot wounds.

Norman Dybdal, 59, pleaded guilty in Salmon Arm provincial court to use of a firearm while commiting an indictable offence and aggravated assault.

A more serious charge of attempted murder with a firearm and another of intentionally discharging a firearm while reckless are expected to be stayed by the Crown when the case returns to court on Sept. 26, said a spokesperson for the Criminal Justice Branch.

Dybdal was arrested Oct. 19, 2015 shortly after RCMP officers found a seriously wounded man on a property in rural Enderby.

The unidentified male victim, who was 55 at the time, had been shot several times and was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Lumby hit by outage

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m.

Strong winds knocked trees on the lines in the Lumby area Tuesday afternoon causing a power outage to 1,743 customers, according to BC Hydro.

The power went out at 3:38 p.m.

A crew is on the scene and the utility expects power to return by 9 p.m.

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m.

Power has returned for 2,085 customers in the Shuswap.

A tree falling on a line was to blame for the outage that affected customers in a corridor running from Salmon Arm to Enderby on Tuesday afternoon, said a BC Hydro spokesperson. 

Power was out between 1:15 to 2:49 p.m., the spokesperson said.


The power is out to over 1,500 BC Hydro customers in the Shuswap.

According to the utility's website, the area is west of Old Sicamous Road and is affecting South Canoe, Grandview Bench and south to the outskirts of Enderby.

The cause of the outage is not known.

A crew is on-site.

The outage was reported at 1:15 p.m.

Swift water rescue taped

A dramatic swift water rescue took place in the Shuswap last week after a woman fell into Sicamous Creek.

The June 11th rescue was caught on camera and posted to Facebook by the Sicamous Fire Department.

Sicamous firefighters worked with members of the Eagle Valley Rescue Society and Shuswap Search and Rescue to save the woman who was screaming and clinging to a boulder in the raging water.

RCMP officers and BC Ambulance Services were also at the scene.

The video shows a firefighter carefully wading through the current while tied to a rope while others secured the rope on the side of the creek. 

The woman was safely brought to shore.

"Great team work was needed to get her to safety," said the Facebook posting.

Buy a birthday trail

The Shuswap Trail Alliance is hoping people buy a little piece of Canada in honour of the nation's 150th birthday.

In an effort to leave a trail legacy for the whole of the Shuswap, the alliance is suggesting people make a contribution to the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund.

A press release states: “Our community had a dream to build a well-designed, well-signed, well-maintained network of trails. Over the years, this dream has come true. We now have over 700 kilometres of trails to explore. And we want these trails to be here for the next 150 years.”

“After the celebrations are over and the last piece of cake is eaten, the last
 balloon popped, wouldn’t it be amazing to reflect on Canada’s 150th and know that we have built an endowment fund that will ensure a robust system of trails in perpetuity,” said Cindy Derkaz, trail alliance director. “I can’t think of any better birthday gift for the community.”

Those interested can send a cheque to Shuswap Community Foundation (note it is for the Shuswap Trail Legacy Fund), to SCF at Box # 624, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N7. Or, donate online. Charitable tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.

"Receiving support for future trail maintenance efforts through this legacy fund will be a game changer for the community," said Phil McIntyre-Paul, the alliance's executive director.

The alliance said all contributions, small or large, are gratefully received.  Those who contribute $1,000 or more to the legacy fund in 2017 will become a Canada 150 Trailblazer.

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