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Housefire in Armstrong

Sep 21, 2014 / 8:33 pm

8:30 P.M. UPDATE What was initially reported as wildfire is actually a fully involved structure fire. Armstrong Fire Department confirmed that the structure fire, which is "deep in the interface zone" had spread to surrounding trees. The BX Swan Lake firehall has come to...

Park ambassador suggestions

Sep 20, 2014 / 1:56 pm

A group of Vernon volunteers are finishing up their summer, monitoring parks and trails in the North Okanagan and providing their feedback. Over 2,500 residents participated in 'The Parks Master Plan' aimed at engaging Vernon residents to build a vision for the local parks. The City...

Teen's killer files appeal

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:45 pm

- With files from CTV Vancouver Matthew Foerster has filed an appeal of his first-degree murder conviction for killing 18-year-old Taylor Van Diest. Foerster was found guilty and began serving a life sentence in April. Taylor's mother, Marie Van Diest, told CTV Friday that the appeal...

Truck stealing spree

Sep 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Ford F-series trucks were the target of an apparent joy-ride in Falkland Thursday. According to North Okanagan RCMP, four trucks were targeted in the spree, three were stolen and one was broken into. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says it appears someone or a group of people were going on a...

Drunk driving #s spike

Sep 19, 2014 / 10:10 am

Police in the North Okanagan have seen what they are calling “a considerable spike” in the number of drunk drivers being caught between Lavington and Cherryville. Last weekend they detained six people for impaired driving along Highway 6, with each person given an immediate roadside...

Hells Angel didn't see guns

Sep 17, 2014 / 7:35 pm

An admitted member of the Hells Angels Kelowna chapter told a judge Wednesday that he did not know of, or see, any of the numerous weapons found during a vehicle stop in Salmon Arm in 2010. Furthermore, 47-year-old Joseph Bruce Skreptak said he and three other men (Cory Montemurro, Carl Ennis,...

Missing man found dead

Sep 17, 2014 / 4:09 pm

The body of a man, missing since Monday night, has been found near the pier at Kal Beach in Vernon. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, confirms the body was discovered in about 10 feet of water near the pier by Vernon Search and Rescue about 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. He confirmed the body is...
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Search on for missing man

Sep 16, 2014 / 8:09 pm

RCMP in Vernon are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man. Heinz Schwarz was last seen late Monday evening, around 11 p.m. He is believed to have walked away from his home in the 8800 block of Mariposa Place in Coldstream, on his way to Kal Beach. Police officers...

Suspected car thieves arrested

Sep 16, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Over the past weekend Vernon RCMP arrested two local men in relation to a number of theft of vehicles and possession of stolen property investigations. Twenty-year-old Tim Ross has been charged with four counts of theft over $5,000.00, and one count of theft under $5,000.00, as well as one...

40 years without parole

Sep 16, 2014 / 1:02 pm

The Member of Parliament for Okanagan Shuswap is wrapping up his last year in office and plans to leave political life having made an impact on crime. MP Colin Mayes is adamant that his 'tough on crime' bill will go through before his time is done. The private members bill, Bill...

Teen's death suspicious

Sep 15, 2014 / 1:41 pm

The death of a 19-year-old Vernon teen in Saskatchewan is now being investigated by RCMP. Dylan Cordell Hanna was discovered unresponsive outside his home in a oil-field workers camp in Kindersley, Saskatchewan Sunday morning around 6 a.m. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where attempts to...

Suspicious fire overnight

Sep 12, 2014 / 11:24 am

Photo: Carmen Weld Photo: Contributed The streak of 'no' suspicious fires in Vernon has ended. A suspicious fire was called in shortly after midnight Friday and was in the same abandoned residence of another suspicious fire that occurred in June. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk...

Three in race for mayor's chair

Sep 12, 2014 / 11:00 am

The race for Vernon's city council and mayoral seat is starting to heat up as more residents throw their hat into the ring. Those bidding for the mayor's chair now sits at three; current Mayor Rob Sawatzky announced in July he would not seek re-election. Most recently, second-term...

Drug bust in Salmon Arm

Sep 12, 2014 / 8:00 am

Police in Salmon Arm believe they have stopped some drug dealing in that community. An investigation led them to a residence in the 1300 block of Highway 97B where they found large quantities of cocaine, morphine, and MDMA. All of the drugs were packaged for sale, but it is unknown exactly...

RCMP ring up dial-a-dope

Sep 11, 2014 / 3:10 pm

On Wednesday members of Vernon's Targeted Policing group shut down a suspected dial-a-dope drug trafficker. The investigation led to the arrest of a 21-year-old Vernon male and the seizure of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. The male was released from custody for a future court date...

Ice cream thief turns himself in

Sep 11, 2014 / 11:03 am

Several hours after robbing the Marble Slab Creamery, a Vernon man decided to turn himself in. According to Vernon RCMP police were called to the scene of the Marble Slab Creamery located in the Fruit Union Plaza, by an employee who reported a theft at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday. “The employee...

Vernon bans pro MMA events

Sep 9, 2014 / 5:00 am

Despite some seemingly vocal opposition in the months leading up to the decision, only one person spoke out against the City of Vernon’s Mixed Martial Arts ban. And, without any real opposition to the ban, council voted unanimously to enact the new bylaw that now prevents any future...

Speeding bikes impounded

Sep 8, 2014 / 6:30 pm

A North Okanagan traffic officer is getting a pat on the back for putting the brakes on back-to-back excessive speeders. The officer first noticed a motorcycle whipping through Falkland on Hwy. 97 at 160 km/h in a 90 zone, seconds later a second motorcycle was clocked in excess of 170...

Driver runs while impaled

Sep 8, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed Photo: Contributed A young Vernon man is lucky to be alive after driving his truck off a steep 100-metre embankment Sunday night. The 21-year-old man was driving along Cosens Bay Road around the four-kilometer mark at 5:40 p.m....

Nomination papers available

Sep 7, 2014 / 2:16 pm

Now is the time to fulfil your dreams of becoming the mayor or a city councillor of Vernon. Potential candidates in the November 15 local election will be able to pick up nomination documents for the offices of mayor and councillor from Vernon City Hall beginning September 2. Nomination...
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