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Westbank Armed Robbery

Apr 1, 2007 / 8:17 am

A 43-year-old man is in custody following an armed robbery at the Shell gas station in Westbank early Sunday morning. Rural RCMP say a man wielding a club entered the station shortly before 5 a.m., demanded $50 and cigarettes. About five minutes later, police apprehended a native male a few...

Missing Vernon Man

Mar 30, 2007 / 9:30 am

His name is Bernd Tilse and the Vernon senior dropped off the radar three months ago. Vernon RCMP say Tilse, 65, was reported missing by his sister in Germany about a week ago. "She had not heard from him for the past three months," says Corporal Henry Proce. Tilse resides on Bolduc Road in...

Sewer Projects Delayed

Mar 29, 2007 / 9:00 am

Sewer extension projects for Glenrosa and Lakeview Heights areas have been put on hold. The Regional District of the Central Okanagan scrapped the projects for at least a year after tenders came in about 55% higher than the district had budgeted. About 138 properties in the Ranch Road and...

Fundraiser For Neitsch

Mar 28, 2007 / 6:00 pm

The Westside is rallying in support of one of their own. Jonathan Neitsch, a grade eight student at Glenrosa Middle School, is battling cancer at Vancouver Children's Hospital. His father Alf has been waging his own battle with Parkinson's Disease for the past 14 years. Jonathan's own illness...

Motorcyclist Charged

Mar 27, 2007 / 2:30 pm

Six months after the fact, charges have been laid in connection with a fatal motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a North Okanagan woman. The accident happened last October on Salmon River Road near Falkland. Lisa Marie Roberts was riding on the back of a motorcycle that suddenly...

North OK Drug Seizure

Mar 27, 2007 / 10:00 am

A routine traffic stop in the North Okanagan Monday has resulted in a sizable drug seizure. RCMP were pulling over vehicles on Highway 97A in Enderby checking for seat belts when an Alberta car pulled up. Police found 10 pounds of recently harvested marijuana plants inside the vehicle. RCMP add...

Father & Son Charged

Mar 26, 2007 / 4:00 pm

A father and son from Vernon are facing charges. The son, 20, was involved in an accident last Saturday and called his father for help. "The incident began as a routine response to an MVA at 1:20 AM on March 24th at the intersection of 19th St. And 23rd Avenue," says Corporal Henry Proce....

Car Takes A Plunge

Mar 26, 2007 / 9:30 am

Westside fire crews and ambulance were called out early this morning, after reports of a car going into the lake. "We were dispatched this morning at around 5 o'clock to a vehicle in Okanagan Lake," says Westside Fire Captain Bateman. "When we arrived, we found a single vehicle in the lake with...

Vernon Intersection Stops

Mar 24, 2007 / 11:00 am

Vernon RCMP nabbed dozens of drivers during a recent intersection enforcement campaign. The enforcement campaign came on the heels of a two-day project in which Community Policing volunteers recorded a large number of violations on 32nd Street in downtown Vernon. RCMP issued the...

Low Consumption Toilets

Mar 24, 2007 / 9:00 am

Starting next month, water conservation takes a step forward in the Electoral Areas of the Regional District of Central Okanagan. That’s because the Westside and Central Okanagan East areas have been added to the growing list of communities around the Province that require installation of low...

Beetles Winning The War

Mar 23, 2007 / 3:00 pm

The man in charge of Kelowna's urban forests has an ominous prediction for the summer of 2007. Urban Forestry Supervisor, Ian Wilson says we will likely be overcome by pine beetles this year. "I don't think we are going to win this war. We think we're going to be overwhelmed with the beetles...

Financial Plan Adopted

Mar 23, 2007 / 12:57 pm

At a special meeting Friday, the Regional Board adopted the Five-Year Financial Plan for 2007 – 2011. Revenue and spending during 2007 totals more than $49.4 million, up $3.5 million from the $45.9 million approved for 2006. Chair Robert Hobson says, “The Regional District Financial Plan is...

North Okanagan Fatality

Mar 23, 2007 / 12:30 pm

A young woman is dead as the result of a single vehicle accident in the North Okanagan. It occurred on Hwy 97 near Salmon River Road. Vernon RCMP say they received a 9-1-1 call shortly before 3 a.m. Friday. "Passing motorists had spotted a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche on it’s side with the lights...

Drunk & Kids On Board

Mar 21, 2007 / 2:00 pm

Vernon RCMP got more than they bargained for during a recent series of roving traffic patrols in the city. During a routine stop, RCMP seized 37 grams of marijuana bud, 26 hits of crack cocaine, 16 hits of powder cocaine, a police scanner and a sum of money in denominations consistent with drug...

Suspect Changes Plea

Mar 19, 2007 / 9:21 am

The sexual assault trial of a 41-year-old Vernon man has come to a sudden halt. Part-way through his trial, Raymond Mark Simpson changed his plea to guilty. Simpson was charged with tying up, assaulting and terrorizing two female employees at a Vernon Burger King in October, 2005. He pled guilty...

Cash For Awareness

Mar 17, 2007 / 12:00 pm

The provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Lands has received a $45,000 federal grant to improve awareness of the spread of invasive alien species. The grant was announced by Kelowna-Lake Country MP Ron Cannan. The Ministry will utilize the funds to produce a field guide which will "improve the...

Westside Landfill Closure

Mar 16, 2007 / 10:55 am

The Westside Landfill will be temporarily closed Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st. Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “The Regional District apologizes for any inconvenience that this may cause for residents, especially since the closure is on a weekend, when many people use...

Jacket Thief Gets Jail Time

Mar 15, 2007 / 5:00 am

The theft of five leather jackets in Vernon earlier this year has earned a man a two-year prison sentence. Raymond Sidney Hall, 45, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to the January 3rd break in at HiPro Sportswear. Evidence showed Hall broke the front glass door, entered the store and stole the...

Peachland Under Threshold

Mar 14, 2007 / 2:30 pm

Bigger isn't necessarily better. In the case of Peachland, Tuesday's Census numbers show the Central Okanagan community with a population of 4,883 --- a bit of a surprise to Mayor Graham Reid and the provincial government. "Interestingly enough, there were nine communities the province...

Winfield Brawl: No Charges

Mar 14, 2007 / 10:00 am

No charges will be forthcoming against parents and coaches involved in a brawl at the Winfield Arena last Saturday night. The brawl occurred during a playoff game between midget house league teams from Lake Country and Vernon. Witnesses told Castanet a Lake Country parent was tossed out of the...

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