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VJH Renovation

Dec 15, 2006 / 1:00 pm

North Okanagan residents accessing Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s (VJH) Emergency and Outpatient Departments will now receive even better care in these newly renovated departments, officially opened today by Okanagan-Vernon MLA Tom Christensen and Interior Health representatives. The $1 Million...

Unsolved Crime Westside

Dec 15, 2006 / 6:00 am

You could have the missing piece of the puzzle that will help the RCMP put someone behind bars. Here are some recent crimes that Central Okanagan Crime Stoppers hopes you can help solve by calling our anonymous tips line at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).   CRIME: STOLEN VEHICLE DATE: 2006-11-30 RCMP...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Dec 14, 2006 / 2:00 pm

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Dec-11 2006-32536 Theft of a Norco Mountain bike from the yard in the 4100 block of 26th Ave in Vernon. A male was seen riding...

Weapons But No Charges

Dec 14, 2006 / 1:59 pm

A routine traffic stop in Vernon has netted a collection of weapons. Police say when they pulled over a car, the driver and his girlfriend were smoking marijuana. When police searched the vehicle, they found a cache of weapons including six starter pistols, a flare gun, four knives, and four ammo...

Tow Truck Driver ID'd

Dec 14, 2006 / 11:37 am

RCMP have identified the tow truck driver killed Wednesday afternoon on Highway 97 south of Vernon. Ernest Edward Semkiw, 60, of Vernon was killed when he was hit by a northbound cube van. Semkiw was attending to a disabled vehicle when the accident took place. The tow truck's amber warning...

Contractor Loses Bonus

Dec 14, 2006 / 9:51 am

The provincial government is hitting the company responsible for maintaining the Coquihalla Highway in the pocketbook. Transport Minister, Kevin Falcon, says the government is fed up with the number of weather related closures on the highway and has decided to penalize VSA Highway Maintenance...

Tow Operator Killed

Dec 14, 2006 / 7:24 am

A tow truck operator was killed Wednesday afternoon on Highway 97 just south of Vernon. RCMP say the 60-year-old Vernon man was attending to a vehicle with a flat tire when he was hit by a passing vehicle. Police say a cube van traveling north was passing the tow truck when the man was hit. ...

Is Victim From Kelowna?

Dec 13, 2006 / 8:00 pm

Vernon RCMP have received a credible lead in their attempt to identify a man killed just north of Enderby early Tuesday morning -- he might be from Kelowna. The man was hit by a southbound semi near the intersection of Highway 97A and 97B. Witnesses say the man appeared to be distraught prior to...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Dec 13, 2006 / 1:00 pm

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Dec-12 2006-32624 Theft of a white 2006 Interstate box trailer with Loadrunner decals on the side, stolen from the 4200 block of...

Cops Get Sweet Thank You

Dec 13, 2006 / 9:00 am

This thank you was wrapped in chocolate. People living in the 2500 block of 37th Avenue in Vernon had a unique way to thank RCMP for shutting down a drug house in their neighbourhood. Residents showed up at the Vernon RCMP office with a chocolate cake to show their appreciation. Neighbours in...

Dog Shot During Pursuit

Dec 13, 2006 / 5:00 am

A police dog and a rottweiler met up in the wrong place at the wrong time. A Vernon RCMP dog handler and his partner were in pursuit of a man suspected of car theft. While tracking the suspect, the police dog jumped a fence into a yard, and was attacked by a rottweiler. Police say the...

Kokanee Numbers Down

Dec 12, 2006 / 2:00 pm

The number of spawning Kokanee returning to Okanagan lakes has declined in 2006. Ministry of Environment Senior Fish Biologist, Andrew Wilson, says despite lower Kokanee levels, there is reason for optimism. "We have been protecting and restoring flow and habitat in the lake's tributaries,...

Enderby Fatal

Dec 12, 2006 / 8:55 am

Vernon RCMP are on the scene on a fatal motor vehicle accident just north of Enderby. Police say a pedestrian was struck and killed by a southbound semi at the intersection of Highway 97A and 97B about 3:30 Tuesday morning. No other details are available. RCMP say it is not known why the man...

Vernon's New Top Cop

Dec 12, 2006 / 5:00 am

Kelowna's loss is Vernon's gain. Inspector Steve McVarnock has been named Vernon's new Top Cop. He replaces Inspector Clair Hayward, who announced his retirement last Wednesday. "He surprised everyone when he announced he was stepping down," says Cpl. Henry Proce of Hayward. Proce says...

Crack House Closed

Dec 11, 2006 / 3:40 pm

Vernon RCMP have shut down a well known crack house. The home is located in the 2500 block of 37th Avenue and neighbours have been complaining about drug activity. On Sunday, police raided the place where more than a dozen people were doing crack-cocaine. Five in the home have been arrested and...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Dec 11, 2006 / 2:00 pm

Here's a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan. Information provided by Crime Stoppers with file numbers attached. Tips line: 1-800-222-tips (8477). 2006-Dec-08 2006-32295 Theft from a vehicle in the 5600 block of Rimer Rd in Vernon. Two snowboarding jackets were stolen. They were...

Drunk Driving Crackdown

Dec 11, 2006 / 1:55 pm

Several motorists are facing charges in the wake of the latest crackdown on drinking and driving in the Vernon area. During a two day road check last week, police nabbed 10 impaired drivers. They also issued seven 24-hour suspensions and nabbed two prohibited drivers. An additional four drivers...

Camper Fire

Dec 10, 2006 / 5:00 pm

Too close for comfort! It was a close call for a couple sleeping overnight Friday in their camper in a roadside pullout by Brenda Mine on the Okanagan Connector. Unknown to them, their camper had caught fire, and they were still asleep until another driver came on the scene and woke them up. The...

Christmas Tree Permits

Dec 10, 2006 / 1:00 pm

So, you're thinking about heading up in the woods to cut down a tree. More and more people are heading back to the Christmas tradition of bundling up and trekking off into the wilderness to retrieve a tree for their living room. A fresh tree can last longer than one purchased at a tree lot,...

Bold Purse Snatch Vernon

Dec 9, 2006 / 10:30 am

In the early hours of Saturday morning a nineteen year old female was walking in the Lake City Casino parking lot in Vernon when she was confronted by a man in a dirty, older model mini-van. The man jumped out of the vehicle and demanded the victim give him her purse. After grabbing the purse,...

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