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Car fire spread to median

Aug 3, 2015 / 7:55 pm

A vehicle fire on the Coquihalla closed the highway south of Merritt, late Monday afternoon. The car fire was in the southbound lanes, about 15 kilometres south of the city, near the Coldwater exit, according to VSA Road Maintenance. It spread into the dry, grassy median, stopping traffic on...

Wildfire near Beaverdell

Aug 3, 2015 / 4:11 pm

A wildfire has broken out near the Carmi Forest Service Road, 10 km north-west of Beaverdell. Karlie Shaughnessey, fire information officer with the South East Fire Centre, said the blaze was reported Monday afternoon and is sitting at 1.2 hectares. A four-person initial attack crew has...

Harrison fire grows

Aug 3, 2015 / 2:48 pm

Fire officials say they are disappointed to see new human-caused fires burning across the province despite constant warnings about hot, dry conditions. There have been 1,390 wildfires in B.C. this season, including 428 that were human-caused, said Provincial Fire Information Officer Kevin...

Fentanyl overdose suspected

Aug 3, 2015 / 1:53 pm

Police say fentanyl is suspected in the overdose deaths of two people in the Vancouver area over the long weekend. A 17-year-old boy was taken off life support and died after taking what is believed to be fake Oxycontin and losing consciousness in a Vancouver park Saturday night. A Vancouver...

Fake tickets not so Swift

Aug 3, 2015 / 9:24 am

Counterfeit tickets were a problem at Taylor Swift's concert at BC Place this weekend in Vancouver. “I fully expect that we will have a large number of people who showed up to the concert and got turned away because of either fake or fraudulent tickets,” Vancouver police Const....

Fireworks dazzle crowds

Aug 3, 2015 / 9:01 am

More than 400,000 people lined the shores of Vancouver's English Bay to watch Canada take first place in the annual Celebration of Light fireworks competition. Manitoba-based Archangel Fireworks represented Canada in the final show of the series Saturday night. It was the 25th anniversary...

Wildfire forces out campers

Aug 2, 2015 / 5:29 pm

A human-caused wildfire is burning near Harrison Lake, forcing campers out of the area. Fire information officer Donna MacPherson says the blaze was discovered early Sunday afternoon burning about 20 kilometres north of Harrison Lake in an area thick with brush and logging debris. The fire...

Fentanyl overdoses

Aug 2, 2015 / 5:17 pm

A Lower Mainland teen is on life support after a suspected fentanyl overdose. Two boys, aged 16 and 17, are believed to have purchased and consumed fake Oxycontin known as "fake 80s." “The two lost consciousness in a Vancouver park after taking the drug last night,” Const....

Athletes bring home medals

Aug 2, 2015 / 3:43 pm

Special Olympians from across Canada travelled to Los Angeles for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Some 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from more than 177 countries, alongside 30,000 volunteers were at the Games, which wrapped up Sunday. Athletes competed in 26 sports over nine...

Five-year-old lifesaver

Aug 2, 2015 / 2:08 pm

She's only five years old, but Lexi is being hailed as a hero. The B.C. girl helped save the lives of her mother and baby brother following a car accident in which she hiked barefoot up a steep embankment to flag down a passerby for help. Angela Shymanski, Lexi's mom, said she, Lexi...

B&E couple caught on tape

Aug 2, 2015 / 12:08 pm

Revelstoke RCMP is currently investigating two break and enters that occurred at the same time on July 31 – by what appears to be a young male and female duo. According to Cpl. Thomas Blakney, the suspects broke in the Rona Building Supply store and the Revelstoke Bottle Deport on...

Crash sends 6 to hospital

Aug 2, 2015 / 7:19 am

A single-vehicle crash in Nanaimo sent six people to hospital, Saturday. About 2 p.m., Nanaimo RCMP received a report of a rollover accident on Quesnel Road. There were six people injured, with one trapped under the vehicle. Passers by were performing first aid on the injured when emergency...

Highway upgrade 'critical'

Aug 2, 2015 / 6:20 am

British Columbia's transportation ministry says it has moved aggressively to widen a dangerous stretch of highway where a tour bus crash killed one man and sent dozens to hospital on Friday. The head-on collision between a car and a private charter bus filled with Korean tourists happened in...

New rainbow crosswalk

Aug 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

Princeton residents recently woke up to find a new rainbow crosswalk in their town. According to resident Spencer Coyne, the idea for such a crosswalk to brighten things up, appeared on Facebook in June. Days later, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on gay marriage and on the night of...

Species at risk exhibit

Aug 2, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Oliver & District Heritage Society is inviting the public to view a travelling exhibit about some of the province’s lesser-known natural wonders- rare and vanishing animal and plant species, on Monday. “British Columbia’s Species at Risk: A Travelling Exhibition”...

Naramata grass fire

Aug 1, 2015 / 7:35 pm

UPDATE: 7:04 a.m. Fire Chief Tony Trovao says the fire was caused by people in the backyard shooting pellets at some sort of metals target. This caused some sparks, which unknown to them, started smouldering in the dry grass, catching the bank behind the house on fire. The Naramata Fire...

Highway 1 to be expanded

Aug 1, 2015 / 4:02 pm

The provincial government announced today that Highway 1, east of Revelstoke will be upgraded and expanded. The $35 million project will widen 2.5 kilometres of the highway, to four lanes. It will also expand the Illecillewaet brake check station to double its capacity. The highway sees many...

Bus crash victims released

Aug 1, 2015 / 2:10 pm

All 57 people who were rushed to hospital after a tour bus crash in British Columbia's Interior have been released. Interior Health spokesman Karl Hardt says 56 people were released from Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops late Friday night. Twenty of those people suffered minor injuries...

Drones disrupt fire efforts

Aug 1, 2015 / 1:51 pm

Crews have been forced to halt air operations on a wildfire burning near West Kelowna, B.C., due to multiple drones flying overhead. The B.C. Wildfire Service says a helicopter supporting ground crews and involved in water delivery in the Westside Road fire has now been grounded. The service...

Coal train derails

Aug 1, 2015 / 12:39 pm

A Canadian Pacific Railway freight train carrying coal has derailed near the southeastern British Columbia community of Sparwood. Eighteen cars went off the tracks in the accident at about 3:30 p.m. Friday. CP spokeswoman Salem Woodrow says there were no injuries to the crew and no public...

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