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Drunk motorist strikes cop

May 6, 2008 / 9:54 am

Hitting a cop has landed a Cherryville resident in trouble with the law. The 24-year-old resident struck a police officer who came upon a single vehicle accident last Friday on Highway 6, near McInnis Road. "The vehicle had sheared off a power pole and the occupants were attempting to leave,"...

Vernon area boil water notice

May 5, 2008 / 9:11 am

Greater Vernon Water in conjunction with Interior Health has issued a boil water notice for customers on the Duteau Creek Water Supply. Recent warm weather has accelerated snow melt in the surrounding mountains and has increased creek water levels. The current water quality is now rated as POOR...

Cops bust known crack shack

May 3, 2008 / 9:00 am

Vernon Police arrested 12 people Thursday during a raid on a known crack house at 3503 27th Avenue. The raid was the result of covert activities by police around the area of the Upper Room Mission and people's Place building. "Police seized a very small quantity of crystal meth, small quantities...

Traffic fines swell City coffers

May 3, 2008 / 5:00 am

Southern Interior municipalities have raked in a record $4.3 million in traffic fine revenue this year. The funds help to enhance policing and community based public safety programs. Revenues from traffic fines allow municipalities to explore a wide range of projects, including outreach services...

Lumby meth lab raided

May 2, 2008 / 1:30 pm

RCMP are in the process of dismantling a crystal meth lab just outside the tiny North Okanagan community of Lumby. The lab, in a home in the 200 block of Bear Valley Road, was raided late Thursday night. Police believe clean-up crews will be at the home for a few days while the lab is carefully...

Cities investigate historic partnership

May 2, 2008 / 5:00 am

At a meeting during this week’s Southern Interior Local Government Association annual convention in Vernon, the mayors of the four largest Okanagan municipalities instructed senior staff to draft a bylaw that would facilitate inter-municipal collaboration on pressing issues impacting the entire...

Vernon armed robbery

May 1, 2008 / 4:00 pm

Vernon RCMP are investigating an armed robbery at the Corner Grocery on Okanagan Landing Road late Thursday morning. Police say a man produced a handgun and demanded cash from a store clerk. The suspect fled in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as Caucasian in his...

Skull belonged to male: RCMP

May 1, 2008 / 1:00 pm

Vernon RCMP say they're making progress as they continue to investigate the discovery of a skull. The skull was discovered on the Okanagan Indian Reserve April 26. Vernon RCMP Inspector, Steve McVarnock, says the skull belongs to a male. "The skull was identified as that of a Caucasian or...

Thieves target Pathfinders

May 1, 2008 / 5:00 am

The vehicle of choice for Vernon car thieves appears to be the Nissan Pathfinder. Vernon RCMP say six of these vehicles have been stolen or recovered in the North Okanagan recently. RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk, says mid 90's model Pathfinders are being specifically targeted. "It appears that a...

Search expands for other remains

Apr 30, 2008 / 1:00 pm

The search for more evidence is being expanded after a human skull was found near Vernon earlier this week. Local Search and Rescue volunteers are searching for more remains or other evidence in a larger area around the spot the skull was found on April 26. The skull was discovered by hikers on...

Company may declare bankruptcy

Apr 30, 2008 / 9:30 am

It could be the line for one of Salmon Arm's largest employers. COE Newnes McGehee, which manufactors sawmill equipment and machinery, has filed paperwork with the BC Supreme Court which could lead to the company declaring bankruptcy. Kim Schwarz, director of human resources, says COE filed a...

Human skull found in Vernon

Apr 28, 2008 / 12:15 pm

Another human skull has been found in the Okanagan. The discovery was made Saturday afternoon in the Antonine Road area of Vernon just before 5 p.m. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon RCMP says the skull was found by members of the Okanagan Indian Band who were out for a hike about 10 kilometres from...

More child care spaces for Vernon

Apr 27, 2008 / 5:00 pm

More child care spaces are coming to Vernon residents. Okanagan-Vernon MLA Tom Christensen has announced almost $60,000 in provincial funding to create 28 new child-care spaces. “We are committed to creating new child-care spaces to help meet the needs of Vernon families,” says Christensen....

Lumby Days family festival

Apr 27, 2008 / 2:00 pm

The Lumby Days Family Festival is coming up and it needs some sponsors. The festival runs from June 13-15 and will include a Monster Truck taking part in the parade. Angie Clowry, public relations spokesperson for the festival, says they need a Gold sponsor for the event. “It’s going be a...

Temporary Vernon cop shop

Apr 27, 2008 / 10:00 am

The Vernon RCMP have a new place to call home. At least for a little while. A temporary mobile command post has been set up next to the People Place Building. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon RCMP says the objective of having the mobile command post is to enhance police visibility in the area of the...

Take studded tires off: RCMP

Apr 26, 2008 / 3:00 pm

RCMP in the North Okanagan have a message for drivers. Take off your studded tires. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon RCMP says the deadline for removing studded winter tires from your vehicle is April 30. “As of May 1, anyone caught with studded tires could face a fine of $109. Agencies, such as the...

Okanagan mill lays off workers

Apr 25, 2008 / 3:30 pm

Paragon Wood Products, a family run business with operations in Lake Country and Lumby is the latest forest based company to run into tough times. The Vernon-based company announced Friday, 14 employees had been laid-off from its Lumby plant, with a further 12 expected to face the same fate next...

Falkland man gored by bull

Apr 23, 2008 / 1:00 pm

A Falkland resident is recovering in hospital after being gored by a bull Tuesday. The man owns a ranch near the Salmon River, which is where he was injured by the animal, believed to be part of his own herd. Corporal Keith Ferguson says the man had to be airlifted to the Royal Inland Hospital in...

Purse snatchers cuffed

Apr 22, 2008 / 12:30 pm

A spree is over for at least two people believed to be involved in a series of crimes including a purse snatching. On April 20, a 78-year-old Vernon woman was robbed in the parking lot of a London Drugs after a man asked her for directions to the nearest McDonalds. When she turned towards her...

Charges considered in taxi driver fatality

Apr 21, 2008 / 1:05 pm

Serious charges are being considered against a 19-year-old Vernon man in connection with the death of a cab driver over the weekend. The cab driver, Howard Allan Collins, 48, died early Sunday morning after his taxi was struck by an SUV. Gord Molendyk of Vernon RCMP says the teen failed to stop...

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