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Explosives, guns seized

Kamloops RCMP had to deploy the explosives disposal unit after finding weapons and explosive devices in a residence on Badger Drive.

Officers responded to a report of a home invasion on January 16th and saw weapons in plain view.

After obtaining a warrant, officers re-entered the home a second time and seized weapons and two explosive devices, a quantity of Canadian currency along with narcotics.

A 20-year-old female occupant of the residence was arrested and has been released from custody.  

She is from Kamloops and was previously known to police.  

Kamloops RCMP is recommending charges of Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.



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Suspected bomb dismantled

A search warrant carried out in a Kamloops home led to authorities neutralizing a suspecting explosive device on Monday night.

The home on Badger Drive was the site of a home invasion just after midnight on Monday when neighbours reported to police that a group of people were yelling and kicked in the door.

Suspects fled upon Kamloops RCMP arriving, and one of two residents inside the home sustained minor injuries.

Evidence of other criminal activity was noticed by police while they were in the home, which led officers to secure the residence and request a search warrant. One person was also arrested.

The suspected explosive device was then discovered on Monday night, when the search warrant was granted. 

The RCMP bomb squad in the Lower Mainland then attended and disarmed the device.

"We are very early in this investigation and understand the concern the community will have when hearing that a potential explosive device has been located," Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said in a news release.

"We felt it prudent at this time to rely on the experts from our explosive disposal unit to examine this scene and remedy any potential threat that may exist."

The RCMP's search of the home will continue once it is deemed safe to do so.



Police seek B&E suspect

Police in Kamloops are asking for the public's help tracking down the suspect of a break and enter with a weapon that occurred in the early hours on Tuesday.

Kamloops RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter at 2:15 a.m. in an apartment on Arrowstone Drive.

Police said the male suspect broke the window of the ground-floor unit and entered the male victim's bedroom, before threatening him with a knife to hand over valuables. 

A laptop, cell phone and the victim's wallet were stolen by the suspect. The victim was not physically hurt.

The suspect is described by police as being about 25 years old. He is about six feet tall with a thin build and dark skin. His weapon was described as a Bowie knife with a wooden handle.

Those with information are asked to contact Kamloops RCMP or CrimeStoppers.



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Victims in home invasion

Police responded to a home invasion overnight in Kamloops and found two victims inside who are not co-operating with police. 

RCMP responded to the home on Badger Drive just after midnight.

Police were told there was a group of people yelling and kicking in the door.

Once on scene, police found two residents inside who had allegedly been the victims of a home invasion.

During the investigation, police found evidence of other criminal activity in the home, and a search warrant has been requested.

No suspects were found, and police believe they left the area in a vehicle.

The victims are unco-operative with police, had minor injuries and refused ambulance attendance.



Police pivot after B&E

Kamloops RCMP has switched gears from helping the victims of a home invasion in Dallas to executing a search warrant for the premises.

This after Police were called to a residence on Badger Drive just after midnight Tuesday.

Police were acting on a tip that a group of people were yelling and kicking in the door at that location.

When police attended they found two residents inside who had been the victims of a home invasion.  The assailants had fled the scene and a subsequent search came up empty.

During the course of investigating the break, enter and assault
police found evidence of other criminal activity within the home.  

The house has been secured and Kamloops RCMP are now requesting a search warrant.

Police say the victims are now uncooperative and it is unknown if the home invasion was targeted or if the victims of the home invasion were known to the suspects.  

The victims had minor injuries and refused ambulance attendance.



Kamloops teen found

UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15

Kamloops RCMP say 14-year-old Annie Kirsten Michel, reported missing Saturday, has been located safe and sound.


ORIGINAL STORY: Saturday, Jan. 13

Kamloops RCMP are hoping the public can help locate a missing teen.

Annie Kirsten Michel, 14, went missing on the afternoon of Jan. 11.

Michel, who is from the Kamloops area, is described as Aboriginal, 5' 1" tall, 115 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes

She is believed to be in the Kamloops area, but has not been in touch with her family since Jan. 11.

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



Guns, drugs seized in raid

Kamloops RCMP took a stash of firearms off the street Friday night.

The Kamloops Crime Reduction Unit and general duty members searched a residence on Royal Avenue and arrested four people, all well known to police.

Police seized the following items from the home:

  • Five firearms – shotguns and rifles
  • Two real-looking pellet guns
  • A large amount of ammunition related to the seized guns
  • 25 grams fentanyl/heroin, 47 grams of methamphetamine and a quantity of MDMA
  • Large amount of stolen property, specifically tools and electronics
  • A stolen 1986 Chevrolet Corvette

A prolific offender has been held in custody and is facing a number of charges related to the search.

In the coming days, police will be sifting through the property seized, with the hope of returning the items to their rightful owners. 



A film for all faces

Contributed The Upcoming

A self-reflective documentary featuring many faces will hit the screen tonight in Kamloops. 

Kamloops Film Society presents Faces Places, directed by an 89-year-old French woman, is meant to speak to universal concerns in an iconoclastic fashion. 

The director, Agnes Varda and the photographer and visual artist, JR, come together for his Inside Out project, in which he takes portraits of regular people and pastes the pictures, in gigantic-poster format, onto walls and buildings.

Varda is known for her trademark two-tone hairstyle and stands a good foot shorter than JR, who often hides behind his sunglasses. 

Nearing 90, Varda shifts through her memories of the towns they visit.


Critical Notes:

  • Agnès Varda’s new documentary film, "Faces Places," is a testament to her curious, generous, democratic spirit. A.O. Scott, The New York Times.
  •  Faces Places is a one in a million crowd-pleaser that deserves to be seen by the widest audience possible. David Sims, The Atlantic.
  •  This film is drunk on the joy of creating things. Tim Brayton, Alternate Ending.

The 90-minute film is in French, with subtitles. 



'Pooper' turns himself in

Security footage shows a man approaching the vehicle and then smearing the feces. The man then walked to the hospital and entered an elevator. 

RCMP have released images from the incident, which happened about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2.



He's back from the dead

A Kamloops man is back among the living after twice being declared dead by the federal government in a bureaucratic mix-up that began when his social insurance number was incorrectly placed on his mother's death certificate.

Bryan Kupiak learned of the confusion in October, a month after the death of his mother, when he received an old age security statement addressed to his estate.

The switch in social insurance numbers temporarily cut him off from all his benefits, including his pension, but Kupiak says he was "revived" a week later with the help of his member of Parliament, Cathy McLeod.

The matter appeared to have been settled until Kupiak's wife received a notice last Sunday from Canada Revenue Agency, describing her as a widow.

Another appeal to McLeod's office produced results and Kupiak says the matter has now been resolved.

However, he says the confusion has been difficult to handle, especially when it happened the second time, because he is still grieving the death of his mother.



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