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Highway reopens

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

The highway south of Sicamous has been fully reopened following a closure due to a vehicle crash earlier in the afternoon. 

The road was closed just before 3 p.m. Tuesday five kilometres south of Sicamous. 


ORIGINAL: 3 p.m.

A crash has closed Highway 97A in both directions, five kilometres south of Sicamous.

Drive BC says an assessment is in progress and does not know when the road will reopen.

An alternate route is available via Highway 97B and Highway 1.



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Police probing shots fired

Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating a report of shots fired at a residential property, early Sunday. 

Mounties were called to the 1700 block of 11th Avenue SE at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 20, where they discovered a firearm was discharged in the direction of a parked vehicle, nearby garage and a fence. Witnesses also reported hearing a vehicle speed away after the gunfire rang out.

Police say no one was injured and believe this event was targeted.

No suspect has been identified yet.

Anyone with information is asked to call Salmon Arm RCMP at 250-832-6044, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 



Only minor at Roots & Blues

The 25th annual Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival took place with only a few minor hiccups, according to the RCMP.

“From a policing perspective all the complaints that police responded to were minor in nature and consisted of some disorderly conduct, minor thefts, and small drug seizures,” said Staff Sgt. Scott West, RCMP detachment commander. “Given the size of the event, the calls for service were expected and there were no major incidents.”

Meanwhile, festival organizers have sent out a big thank you to patrons, volunteers, sponsors, and staff.

“The 25th anniversary edition of Roots and Blues will be one we will all remember for years to come,” said a statement on the festival's Facebook page. “Thank you for coming, for singing and dancing, for bringing your family and friends, and for celebrating amazing music with us.”



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Firearms false alarm

A Salmon Arm man was taken into custody Wednesday after reports that he was waving a firearm in a parking lot.

However, the man was later released when it was realized the alleged weapons were "very realistic replica toy firearms," police say.

According to RCMP, the man was playing in his vehicle with children, and at no point was anyone really threatened.

Officers treated the incident as a real firearms situation. But, once it was discovered that the situation was innocent, the man was released without charges.

RCMP ask the public to leave toy firearms at home to avoid similar situations. 



Get the blues, and roots

Salmon Arm residents are singing the blues, but that's a good thing.

The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival kicks off its 25th year this week, thanks in part to $60,900 in funding from the provincial government through the Tourism Events Program.

The popular festival runs Aug. 17-20 and is expected to attract more than 25,000 music fans.

An estimated 70 per cent of attendees are from out of town, and festival is estimated to have an economic impact of up to $5.5 million.

"The 25th Annual Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival is proud to have the opportunity to showcase Canadian and international performers over the last two decades.... In addition to bringing great energy to the Shuswap area, sustaining and expanding the reach of the festival to new audiences will help Canadian talent grow and gain market recognition. I look forward to another great year,” said David Gonella, festival executive director.

This year's festival features the sounds of Ricky Skaggs, Alex Cuba, Five Alarm Funk, local favourite Sherman 'Tank' Doucette, and Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne. A full list of performers is available online



Trans-Canada reopened

UPDATE: 6:15 a.m.

DriveBC reports the Trans-Canada Highway reopened fully to traffic about 3:15 a.m.


UPDATE: 8:20 p.m.

DriveBC reports the highway has reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic.


ORIGINAL: 7:30 p.m.

The Trans-Canada Highway is closed east of Salmon Arm.

According to DriveBC, Highway 1 is closed in both directions five kilometres east of Salmon Arm because of downed hydro lines down on the road.

A detour is available via Highway 97B and Highway 97A.

An estimated time of reopening is currently unavailable.



Vandalism shocks mayor

Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper is shocked by the vandalism wrought in the downtown overnight Wednesday.

“It's upsetting,” said Cooper. “We have never seen this much damage. This is all over the downtown. It is unbelievable.”

On Thursday morning, Salmon Arm RCMP issued a release detailing the damage done and asked for the public's assistance in identifying those responsible.

Police said an unknown culprit or culprits tore up plants, kicked off sprinkler heads, damaged business property, damaged signage, and smashed windows along Hudson Avenue and 2nd Avenue.

Some vehicles may also have been damaged.

Cooper spoke with the RCMP after learning of the vandalism.

She said there had been some vandalism in the past but nothing to this extent before.

The mayor plans to meet Friday with owners and managers of some of the affected businesses to discuss what happened.

“I want to know if they have any ideas on how to combat this kind of thing,” Cooper added.



Vandals go on spree

The RCMP are on the hunt after vandals went on a spree in Salmon Arm's downtown overnight, causing widespread damage.

An unknown culprit or culprits tore up plants, kicked off sprinkler heads, damaged business property, damaged signage, and smashed windows along Hudson Avenue and 2nd Avenue, said Staff Sgt. Scott West, the head of the detachment.

Some vehicles may also have been damaged.

“Even business frontage that supports the less fortunate was damaged in what appears to be a linked set of criminal acts,” West said.

Salmon Arm RCMP have requested the public's assistance in identifying who is responsible for the acts of vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to call the local detachment at 250 832 6044 or Crime Stoppers at 1- 800-222-TIPS (8477). 



Stolen car, jewelry dumped

Salmon Arm RCMP are looking for a male suspect in connection with an alleged break and enter to a Tappen residence on Wednesday.

Police were called to an altercation involving two males and a female but, prior to their arrival a man and woman fled the area after dumping stolen jewelry in a washroom garbage can, said Staff. Sgt. Scott West, head of the Salmon Arm detachment.

“The male and female also left behind a vehicle that had been stolen from Sorrento which contained possible stolen items.”

A police dog unit was called in to try to track the suspects.

While they escaped, a follow up investigation identified two suspects – with a female arrested later in the day. The unnamed woman was released by the courts in a bail hearing, police said.

The RCMP continue to hunt for the male suspect who remains at large but is well known to area police, said West.

Salmon Arm RCMP also issued their thanks to area residents who contacted police with reports of suspicious activity at the time officers were looking for the suspects.

“It is the observations and reporting by the public to the police that supports ongoing investigations which unfold very quickly at times,” said West, although he added that under no circumstances should the public put themselves in harm's way to attempt to apprehend a suspect in any crime.  



Teen, adult get in scuffle

A 37-year-old man was arrested in Salmon Arm after getting into a verbal and physical altercation with a teen.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Scott West said on Aug. 7 police were called to the area of 28th Street NE and 9th Ave NE for a report of an assault.

“The investigation at the scene revealed that a 15-year-old male had been allegedly assaulted by a 37-year-old male,” said West.

West said the two had a verbal altercation at a local fast food restaurant after the 15-year-old allegedly elbowed the adult male in the back. After a verbal altercation, the two parted ways only to have the 37-year-old male drive by the 15-year-old male on 9th Street NE a short time later where one of the youths in a group with the teen yelled at the car the adult was in.

“The adult stopped and there was another verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation. The youth was taken to hospital with what police believed at the time to be minor scrapes and bruises,” said West.

The RCMP investigation into the matter resulted in the identification of the adult male who was taken into custody and interviewed by officers. The adult was released but could appear in court at a later date once the provincial Crown has an opportunity to review the case.

“Apparently, the issue may have continued on social media where threats may have been made. The police will be looking into the comments made and will conduct an investigation to determine if charges are warranted as a result of the social media comments,” said West.



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