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Male vanishes after party

A 19-year-old man hasn't been heard from since leaving a party early Saturday morning at Sun Peaks Resort near Kamloops.

Ryan Shtuka was last seen at about 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 17 and was believed to be walking along Burfield Drive on his way home.

The young man did not attend his job later that day and hasn't been active on social media or cellular networks since leaving the party which was on Burfield Drive, according to Kamloops RCMP.

Police are asking the public for help in locating the male.

Shtuka was last seen wearing dark jeans, a grey/white shirt, a blue coat and a burgundy ball cap.

Descriptors:

  • 5-foot-10
  • 155 pounds
  • Blonde hair
  • Brown Eyes
  • Caucasian

A Search by the RCMP has been ongoing since the time of the call.

Kamloops Search and Rescue have been contacted and will begin their efforts at this morning.

If you have seen Shtuka in the past 24 hours and have not already spoken with police, please contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.



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Child flees suspicious man

Police are investigating a frightening child luring incident south of Chase Thursday afternoon.

At 3:30 p.m., a 14-year-old girl got off a school bus on Martin Prairie Road in Pritchard when a man approached her in a maroon-coloured, four-door car with a black hood.

The young girl said the man told her he was there to pick her up. When she declined the ride, the man forcefully told her to get in the car, and the girl ran to a nearby home.

The girl described the man as about 40 years old with a balding hairline, dark-coloured hair on the sides of his head with sideburns extending to his moustache and goatee.

Police are investigating the incident, and have reached out to the public in the hopes of identifying the suspect.

Anyone with information is asked call Chase RCMP at 250-679-3221.



Kamloops teen found

UPDATED: 8:52 a.m.

Missing 15 year old reported on Feb 15, 2018, at 5;20 p.m., has been located.


ORIGINAL: Feb. 15, 2018

Police in Kamloops are seeking the public's help in finding a 15-year-old girl who went missing Thursday afternoon.

Sophia Bawn was reported missing at 5:20 p.m.

“The RCMP are very concerned for her well being and are asking anyone who sees her or knows of her whereabouts to call 911 immediately,” said RCMP Staff Sgt. Edward Preto in a release.

Bawn is a five-foot-five, 130 pound Caucasian girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes. She wears large-framed glasses and was last seen wearing a black jacket, a black fleece with a Taiga logo on the front and black yoga pants.

 



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Arson suspected in fire

Arson is suspected to be the cause of a fire at a home in Kamloops with a troubled history.

Kamloops Fire Capt. Darryl Cooper says neighbours reported an explosion at the home Wednesday night and firefighters knocked the fire down pretty quickly.

He says investigators who went through the building with the RCMP found a broken window and a jerry can inside.

Two men were wounded in a shooting at the same home last October.



Crews fix sewage leak

UPDATED: 8:21 a.m.

The Public Works crews at the City of Kamloops successfully completed the sewer main repairs on Lorne Street at approximately 8:00 pm last night.

Crews were on site most of the night backfilling the hole and dismantling the bypass pumps.

Crews will be on site again this morning to determine what other clean up may be required.

Lorne Street has been reopened to traffic.

The City of Kamloops thanks residents for their assistance and patience during this incident and advises regular water usage is permitted.


ORIGINAL: Feb. 15, 2018

A sewer force main has broken in Kamloops and some sewage has entered the South Thompson River through nearby catch basins.

The City’s Spill Response Protocol has been enacted and the Ministry of Environment has been notified.

City crews are working to repair the damaged sewer main. 

Lorne Street has been closed to public traffic between 8th Avenue and 10th Avenue.

Kamloops crews have a temporary solution in place to divert sewage away from the break area. 

"While crews are keeping up with current flows, the city is asking that residents in Rose Hill, Valleyview, Juniper, Barnhartvale, Dallas, Campbell Creek, Sun Rivers and along East Shuswap Road limit indoor water usage until further notice to help reduce further backup and mitigate environmental impact," as stated in a press release.

Crews will be working 24 hours a day until the break is repaired. 



Inmate charged in death

A 30-year-old man has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in Kamloops.

The charges stem from the sudden death of a 20-year-old inmate at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre in 2014.

RCMP say Nathaniel Jessup will remain in custody as he waits to go before a judge. 

New information came to light in 2015 that prompted RCMP to investigate the death.

Jessup was an inmate at the time of the victim’s death. He is not from Kamloops but is known to police.

The victims family have been notified.



Info sought on fatal hit-run

Police are hoping to find out more information about a 21-year-old man who was struck and killed on the Coquihalla Highway in January.

Kamloops RCMP responded to a fatal hit and run the night of Jan. 7 and found a man on the road near the Trans-Canada interchange.

Morisho Kavimba, 21, was believed to be hitchhiking when he was struck and killed.

“He was wearing dark clothes and standing on the highway where there was no illumination,”  said Sgt. Lorne Wood. “The driver of the vehicle that struck him may not have known they hit him or thought they struck something other than a person.”

Kavimba is believed to have been in Kamloops for two to three days before the incident.

An obituary states Kavimba was born in Bukavu, Congo, and at the age of 10 moved with his family to Regina. 

"He wrote songs and rapped in high school, but it wasn't until he graduated that he pursued it further and released music to the public," reads an obit. "Soon after releasing his first songs, he immediately put pen back to paper and continued writing about the things that made him happy and the obstacles he overcame in life."

“The RCMP are specifically interest in speaking to anyone who may have seen the victim between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Jan. 7,” said Wood.

Kavimba was last seen near the Aberdeen Mall at 7:45 p.m., and police are asking anyone who may have driven him to the mall to contact them at 250-828-3000.



Search continues for woman

A Kamloops woman is still missing after almost 10 days.

Kamloops RCMP continues to search for Thelma Vaughan after locating her abandoned car on Feb. 7.  

Her blue Volkswagen Jetta was found on the East Shuswap Road near the LaFarge Bridge.

Kamloops Search and Rescue has searched the nearby area with ground crews and a drone on three separate occasions.

The RCMP helicopter has searched the nearby fields and the hillsides twice and the Police Dog Service has searched along the river.
 
Vaughan's family is hopeful that information can be obtained from the public about her actions before her vehicle was parked and abandoned.

Vaughan apparently left her apartment on Feb. 3 at 5:50 p.m. and appears to have driven to Shuswap Road sometime later that evening before the snow fell, according to Kamloops RCMP.
 
If you saw the vehicle in the photo anytime on Saturday, Feb. 3 or Sunday, Feb. 4, please contact the Kamloops Rural RCMP at 250-314-1800.



Bait cars catch two

A man was arrested Friday night in Kamloops for allegedly breaking into a bait car.

Police responded to the 500-block of Schubert Avenue after learning a bait car had been stolen.

Police tracked down a 38-year-old man nearby and found him with items that had been inside the car.

The man was arrested and has since been charged.

Last week, Kamloops police arrested a man in a similar situation.

On Jan. 29, a bait car was broken into on the 400-block of Royal Avenue, and a man was viewed inside it.

Police found and arrested the man a short time later, again with a number of items on him that had been in the bait car.

“Kamloops RCMP find the Bait Car program an effective and safe way to deal with vehicle theft and is one of many of the tools we use to combat property crime in the Kamloops area,” said Cpl. Jeff Bingley of the Kamloops RCMP.

Both men have since been released on a promise to appear before the courts.



Kamloops shooting targeted

Kamloops RCMP say an early morning shooting was a targeted attack. 

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m in the 5000 block of Dallas Drive.

When police arrived they found a man had been shot multiple times. 

He was taken to the hospital.

Police say the man is expected to make a full recovery. 

The investigation continues, RCMP asking anyone with information to  contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828- 3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-8477.



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