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Fire fought for seven hours

Feb 24, 2008 / 1:30 pm

The house is a total loss, but no one was living in it. Fire destroyed a house on Melford Road at Swan Lake near Vernon on Saturday. Fire Chief, Bill Wacey, says the fire started just before noon. “When we arrived the flames had broken through and were hitting about 15-20 feet above the house....

Tree burned down in Polson Park

Feb 24, 2008 / 12:00 pm

A large cedar tree in a North Okanagan park burned to the ground early Sunday. Lieutenant Jim Beiber of the Vernon fire department says they responded to a call of a tree on fire at Polson Park just after 1:30 a.m. “According to dispatch, we got more calls on this tree fire than we would have...

Vernon sells Poplar/Cottonwood trees

Feb 23, 2008 / 12:00 pm

The City of Vernon wants to unload some wood. About 2,000 tonnes of it. Roughly 1,500 Poplar/Cottonwood trees are up for sale through the City’s Operation Yard. Doctor Michael Carlson worked with the City to start the project the trees were planted for. “They were planted back in 1988 as a...

Violent dispute prompts school closure

Feb 22, 2008 / 3:00 pm

A violent domestic incident in a small community east of Enderby forced the closure of its elementary school Thursday. Enderby police say the incident took place Wednesday night in Ashton Creek. "There were concerns that the suspect involved might attempt to locate his children at the Ashton...

Suspect named in bank robbery

Feb 22, 2008 / 5:00 am

Vernon RCMP have identified a suspect in connection with a bank robbery in January. Kelly Patrick MacLean, 24, is wanted for robbery. Charges have been laid in the case. MacLean is accused of the January 28th robbery of the Bank of Montreal at 32nd Street and 30th Avenue in Vernon. Police says...

Missing disabled teenager found

Feb 20, 2008 / 3:47 pm

A disabled teenager missing from Salmon Arm has been found safe. Haily Ellen Butler-Henderson, 15, was located in Vancouver Wednesday afternoon. She was reported missing from her foster home on February 14. The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance in providing continuous tips...

Disabled Salmon Arm teenager missing

Feb 19, 2008 / 2:25 pm

Salmon Arm RCMP are searching for a missing disabled teenager. Haily Ellen Butler-Henderson, 15, was reported missing from her foster home on February 14. Corporal Harley Belt says Butler-Henderson has Spina Bifida and uses crutches. “Recent information reveals that she may be in the Lower...

Sex offender extradited to Vernon

Feb 18, 2008 / 6:39 am

Wilbur Ventling is back in Vernon. The sex offender is charged with sexually assaulting a Vernon girl in 1979 and was arrested in Nevada last December. Ventling, 62, is accused of luring the Vernon girl from a community pool before attacking her. He came to the attention of Vernon RCMP when...

Police look for stolen truck

Feb 16, 2008 / 5:00 am

Vernon RCMP hope someone will come forward with information pertaining to an incident February 6 in which a truck was stolen. The incident occurred in the parking lot of Moe's Nightclub on 30th Avenue about 1 a.m. Police say a man was returning to his pickup when he was assaulted and knocked...

Citizen helps nab suspect

Feb 15, 2008 / 2:00 pm

Vernon RCMP were able to collar a robbery suspect with the assistance of an observant citizen Thursday. The incident happened shortly before 9 a.m. when police were called to the scene of a purse snatching near 32nd Street and 30th Avenue. "The female witness gave chase and grabbed the suspect by...

Internet real estate scam

Feb 13, 2008 / 6:00 pm

A Vernon couple selling their home via the internet found out just in time that the potential buyer was a scam artist. The people were contacted by a foreign buyer via email from a “for sale by owner site,” where the property was listed. The first contact purportedly from a man named...

Mystery substance closes classrooms

Feb 13, 2008 / 4:00 pm

The safety of an Enderby school is in question after a dark substance was found on the ceiling. Two classrooms have been closed at MV Beattie Elementary School following the discovery of the unknown substance on some ceiling panels. Principal Carl Cooper says health officials have ruled out mould...

Vernon search warrant leads to drugs

Feb 12, 2008 / 10:30 am

A search warrant in Vernon has turned up some drugs. RCMP executed the warrant at a home in the 3200 block of 31st Avenue on Saturday. Constable Cathy Scott says two people were located inside the residence and arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking. “RCMP seized 9.2 grams of...

Three Vernon businesses smashed up

Feb 12, 2008 / 9:22 am

Three North Okanagan businesses got a bad start to the week. The three businesses were all subjects of break and enters at some time between late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Constable Cathy Scott says the businesses mostly suffered vandalism. “The businesses are, Kal Tire on Kal...

Possible attempted abduction

Feb 11, 2008 / 2:30 pm

RCMP are trying to identify a man who may have attempted to abduct a child in Okanagan Landing. An eight year old boy was walking home from school when he was approached by a man just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. Constable Cathy Scott says the boy was walking near the Okanagan Landing Fire...

Charges approved for three robberies

Feb 11, 2008 / 1:30 pm

Charges have been approved against a Vernon man for a series of robberies. Aaron Scott Hastie, 25, is facing charges of robbery for his part in three robberies which occurred since December. Constable Cathy Scott says Hastie was arrested on January 30 for allegedly robbing the Longhorn Pub on...

Tragic accident claims life

Feb 11, 2008 / 11:34 am

A tragic accident has claimed the life of a Vernon snowmobiler. Randy Dortman, 52, was killed on Saturday while snowmobiling with friends in the vicinity of Near Mountain, northeast of Lumby. Corporal Henry Proce, says Dortman was an avid snowmobiler with decades of experience. “He was out...

New Vernon health centre opens

Feb 9, 2008 / 4:00 pm

A new drop-in primary health care centre has been opened in Vernon. Health Minister George Abbott officially opened the centre this week that will provide access to health care for homeless and marginalized people in Vernon. "The Downtown Primary Care Centre represents the kind of innovative...

LePage found guilty

Feb 8, 2008 / 10:52 am

Robert Paul LePage, 56, has been found guilty in connection with the abduction of an 11-year-old Armstrong girl in May of 2006. B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Peter Rogers, handed down his ruling Friday morning. LePage, who represented himself at trial, was found guilty of kidnapping, sexual assault...

House under construction burns

Feb 8, 2008 / 10:00 am

A home still under construction in a new subdivision in Vernon went up in flames Thursday night. The call came in about 10:30. The house, in the 3700 block of Razorback Court, is nearly a write-off according to Deputy Vernon Fire Chief, Rick Owens. "Two thirds of the upper floor is pretty much...

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