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Vernon arts grant

Nov 24, 2007 / 1:00 pm

The performing arts in Vernon have received a boost. A grant for $9,800 has been given to the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre by the B.C. Art Council’s Community Presenters Assistance Program. Okanagan-Vernon MLA, Tom Christensen, says the community will benefit from this grant....

Residents save home

Nov 23, 2007 / 4:30 pm

Residents of Westwold are being credited with saving a home from possible destruction due to fire. The North Okanagan community is outside the boundaries of any fire protection district, so they depend on a 'community fan-out' to local resident for assistance. The latest incident occurred...

On line fishing licenses

Nov 23, 2007 / 3:00 pm

Getting permission to catch the big one just got a little easier. A new e-licensing system has been set up by the Ministry of Environment. Okanagan-Vernon MLA, Tom Christensen, says the new system gives fishers many options on how they purchase a license for freshwater fishing. "The fishing at...

Simpson labelled dangerous

Nov 23, 2007 / 8:30 am

A man found guilty of the sexual assault of two women at knife point in a Vernon Burger King in 2005 may never see the light of day again. At his sentencing hearing in Vernon Thursday, Raymond Mark Simpson was labelled a dangerous offender and handed an indefinite prison sentence. Vernon Crown...

Fish pleads guilty

Nov 22, 2007 / 1:00 pm

Eric Fish has pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of 75-year-old William Adramenko. Fish, 45, entered the plea in Vancouver Supreme Court Thursday morning. He was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility of parole for 25 years. Fish walked away from Howard House, a halfway...

Suspect composites

Nov 22, 2007 / 11:00 am

Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP have released the following descriptions and composite drawings of suspects in a recent home invasion which occurred in Westwold. Two men entered a home Douglas Lake Road on the pretense of purchasing a horse the victim had for sale. They returned later that day and...

Support For Vernon library

Nov 21, 2007 / 4:00 pm

The Okanagan Regional Library Board has confirmed a $9 million contribution to a new Vernon civic complex that would include an expanded library branch. The contribution is contingent on Vernon voters approving a $30 million borrowing bylaw in order to pay for the entire project. Vernon mayor,...

Poirier picture released

Nov 21, 2007 / 2:00 pm

Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP have released the photo of a man wanted in connection with a B&E and attempted sexual assault. Greg Simon Dennis-Poirier is wanted on a BC Wide Warrant for seven Criminal Code charges in relation to an incident in Vernon which took place last week. Constable Cathy...

Apartment fire kills cat

Nov 21, 2007 / 11:30 am

A 70-year-old woman is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital after a fire broke out at her apartment on Alexis Park Drive just after 4 p.m. Tuesday. The fire claimed the life of a family pet. Deputy Fire Chief, Rick Owens, says the woman suffered smoke inhalation after she...

No Okanagan Wakefest

Nov 21, 2007 / 5:00 am

Wakefest will not be returning to the Okanagan next year. The Splatsin First Nation near the Shuswap has declined a request from area businessman Alfonse Daudet to consider hosting the professional wake boarding event on their land next summer. Daudet approached the SFN in October to see if they...

Carbon monoxide alarm

Nov 20, 2007 / 2:45 pm

It was a false alarm, but it caused several worried minutes for a Vernon family. A carbon monoxide detector went off at a home on 13th Street just after 9 a.m. Monday, causing the fire department to respond to what turned out to be a malfunction. Lieutenant Jim Bibber says they treat all carbon...

Stolen car found in Van

Nov 19, 2007 / 3:00 pm

A car stolen by a man wanted in connection with a B&E in Vernon has been found in Vancouver. RCMP discovered the car, a 2001 Pontiac Aztec, on Sunday. Constable Cathy Scott says the vehicle was stolen from a residence in the Coldstream area on Friday after a woman awoke to find a man in her...

New seniors housing

Nov 19, 2007 / 7:00 am

Vernon seniors will now have a better chance at enjoying growing levels of care without having to move from facility to facility. Three layers of government joined together Friday to put the focus on a new $9.4 million assisted living development called Good Samaritan Heron Grove. “Seniors in...

Vernon fatal crash

Nov 17, 2007 / 12:56 pm

One man is dead following a car accident in Vernon. The man, 18, was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after his car crashed into a ditch on Francis Road just after 2 a.m. Constable Mike Anderson says a 16 year old passenger was injured in the crash. “A female passenger was injured, but...

Orchard wins century award

Nov 17, 2007 / 12:00 pm

Turning 100 is always cause for celebration, but an Okanagan orchard has received an extra honour. The Hanna and Hanna Orchards, based in Salmon Arm, and the B.C. Fruit Growers Association have been recognized for their history by being presented a Century Farm Award from Agriculture and Lands...

Warrant issued for B&E

Nov 17, 2007 / 8:00 am

RCMP in the north Okanagan are looking for a Lower Mainland man who is wanted in connection with a B&E. Greg Simon Poirier, 34, is wanted on a BC wide warrant for a B&E which happened early Friday morning in the East Hill area of Vernon. Constable Cathy Scott says the victim, a 37-year-old woman,...

Home intrusion foiled

Nov 16, 2007 / 1:00 pm

Vernon RCMP are crediting the quick thinking of a local woman for foiling a home intrusion. Police say an East Hill area woman awoke to find a man in her bedroom about 3:30 Friday morning. "She was able to distract the suspect long enough to barricade herself in the bathroom and call 9-11," says...

Westwold home invasion

Nov 16, 2007 / 11:30 am

The remote community of Westwold was the scene of a home invasion Wednesday. According to RCMP, a 9-11 call was received from the Douglas Road area at about 5:30 p.m. While en route, police received a second 9-11 call from a woman indicating she had been robbed. "Two males had attended the...

Life for four murders

Nov 15, 2007 / 1:00 pm

A 25-year-old Vernon man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to four murders Thursday. Andre Robert George Raymond entered the pleas in BC Supreme Count in Vancouver. He will be eligible for parole in 25 years. Raymond had been charged in relation to seven murders in the...

B&E leads to grow op

Nov 14, 2007 / 5:30 pm

A midnight B&E has lead to the discovery of a grow op in the north Okanagan. Vernon RCMP responded to a 911 call of a home invasion off Highway 97A in Mara just before midnight Tuesday. Constable Cathy Scott says an altercation occurred after three unknown men entered the residence. “There...

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