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Lippert challenged by five

Oct 11, 2008 / 5:00 am

Vernon Mayor, Wayne Lippert has a battle on his hands. Lippert will be challenged by five contenders in the November 15 municipal election. Nominations closed on Friday. Among those taking a run at the mayor is current councillor Juliette Cunningham. The incumbent mayors in Armstrong, Enderby...

Vernon teacher faces sex charges

Oct 10, 2008 / 10:56 am

A Vernon school teacher is facing several sex related charges. Deborah Ashton, 43, appeared in court Thursday, charged with invitation to sexual touching, sexual assault and touching for sexual purposes a person under 14 years. "The allegations were brought to the attention of the police in June...

Third trial for Falkland woman

Oct 7, 2008 / 9:51 am

A Falkland woman convicted of killing her husband will stand trial -- again. Darlene Young is serving a prison sentence for the murder of her husband Skip Payton who was shot to death outside his Falkland home in March, 2002. The couple had been married for only nine months. The B.C. Court of...

Mentally challenged man assaulted

Oct 6, 2008 / 3:00 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are trying to locate a witness to an assault on a mentally challenged man. Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says they are trying to locate two women in connection with the assault which occurred on September 27 near the fountain in Polson Park. “Around 5:30 p.m., the man...

Man exposes himself near school

Oct 6, 2008 / 11:39 am

Police are looking for a man who exposed himself near two North Okanagan schools. Two teen boys were leaving school around 3:30 p.m. Friday when they noticed a man in a vehicle exposing himself. Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says the students were leaving school in the area of Fulton...

Vernon traffic enforcement blitz

Oct 4, 2008 / 9:00 am

An enforcement blitz resulted in dozens of tickets being handed out in the North Okanagan early this week. On Tuesday, officers worked the area between 43rd Avenue and 20th Street in Vernon, handing out 41 tickets to drivers. Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk says they also focused on the...

Accidents keep police jumping

Oct 2, 2008 / 4:00 pm

Two people are in critical condition in hospital after a series of unrelated accidents Wednesday evening in Vernon. The first incident occurred just after 10 p.m., when a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle in the 3100 block of 32nd Street. "A 54-year-old Vernon man was attempting to cross 32nd...

Two Monday morning B&Es

Oct 1, 2008 / 2:01 pm

RCMP in one North Okanagan community had a very busy start to the week. Two B&Es occurred within minutes of each other in Enderby Monday morning. Spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP, Gord Molendyk, says the first B&E was reported as a fire alarm going off just before 2 a.m. at the Enderby Pharmacy...

New fund raising campaign for VJH

Sep 29, 2008 / 3:33 pm

A new fund raising campaign has been launched for the benefit of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. The Building a Tower of Care Campaign aims to raise $7 million to build a new patient care tower. More than 250 people attended the campaign launch Saturday evening. The campaign’s organizers were...

Conservation officer uncovers pot

Sep 28, 2008 / 12:41 pm

Two Alberta men are facing charges after being caught with marijuana plants. A Conservation officer was checking vehicles on Road 2 near Clearwater Saturday afternoon when he discovered several bags filled with pot plants in the back of a truck. Corporal Chris Newel says the check was conducted...

Fake gun results in real trouble

Sep 25, 2008 / 3:30 pm

Threatening people with an imitation handgun has landed a young man in trouble with the cops. Enderby RCMP responded to a call Wednesday afternoon of a man threatening people with a handgun. Spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP, Gord Molendyk, says officers conducted an investigation into the...

Musician's instruments stolen

Sep 23, 2008 / 5:00 am

An Okanagan musician is missing his instrument. Someone entered the Salmon Arm home of Jim Leduc sometime over the weekend and took his 3/4 Stand-up Bass, and a black Peavey 3-channel amplifier. Leduc says he played a gig Friday night and noticed Monday morning that his bass was missing. “I...

Charges pending in Westwold shooting

Sep 22, 2008 / 11:00 am

More information is coming together about a shooting which resulted in a North Okanagan man being injured. Vernon RCMP are continuing to gather evidence from the scene of a shooting Friday evening on a farm off Back Road in Westwold. RCMP spokesperson, Gordon Molendyk, says the investigation has...

Westwold shooting update

Sep 20, 2008 / 12:01 pm

Trying to cut through a farmer’s field in the North Okanagan had a horrible outcome. Vernon RCMP remain on scene Saturday afternoon, putting together the pieces of events that lead to a shooting Friday night. Vernon RCMP spokesperson, Gordon Molendyk, says the shooting took place just after 6...

Shooting near Vernon area farm

Sep 20, 2008 / 7:29 am

A shooting is being investigated in the North Okanagan. Vernon RCMP were called to investigate a shooting just after 6:20 p.m. Friday. RCMP spokesperson Gordon Molendyk says the complaint came from a farm in the Westwold area. “An altercation took place between a farm owner and three people...

Lavington thief arrested

Sep 18, 2008 / 12:00 pm

Sometimes, it's not a good idea to get caught on tape. A 24-year-old Lavington man learned that lesson the hard way after he was caught on surveillance footage stealing alcohol from the Lavington Superette. Store owner Andy Dalglish, frustrated at what he called the slow action of police, posted...

B & E suspect in custody

Sep 17, 2008 / 3:00 pm

Vernon police have a man in custody after a botched break and entry attempt Wednesday morning. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the suspect broke into a home in the 5200 block of 27th Avenue, was confronted by a resident and left without incident. "With the description of the suspect supplied...

Other Lumby fire victim identified

Sep 17, 2008 / 10:48 am

Officials have released the name of the second fire victim in Lumby. Two men were killed when a mobile home suddenly caught fire late Monday night. The owner of the home perished in the blaze. He's been identified as 66-year-old Robert Ferguson. The name of the second victim was released...

Lumby house fire kills two

Sep 16, 2008 / 11:18 am

Two men are dead as the result of a house fire in Lumby. RCMP say the incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Monday at 628 Gordon Road. Police say the two victims were with four other people gathered around a fire pit, when the two men decided to enter the home. They say that shortly after,...

Theft video on YouTube

Sep 15, 2008 / 5:00 am

Frustrated at what he calls the slow action of police, a North Okanagan business owner has taken matters into his own hands. Andy Dalglish, owner of the Lavington Superette has posted a surveillance video on YouTube showing a man pushing a baby stroller. The video shows the man taking bottles of...

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