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Human Remains Found

Oct 28, 2006 / 10:21 am

Salmon Arm RCMP are investigating the discovery of human remains. A hunter made the discovery in the Mount Ida area on Thursday, October 26. RCMP say they believe they know the identity of the deceased, however the name is being withheld pending the result of a pathological exam and...

Westbank Assault Robbery

Oct 27, 2006 / 2:00 pm

Police are looking for two men wanted in connection with a robbery and assault on Kelowna's Westside. The incident happened last Tuesday at the Westbank McDonald's where a janitor was assaulted by the two suspects. Police say the janitor was stopped by the two suspects as he was driving out of...

Guilty To Half Of Charges

Oct 25, 2006 / 2:12 pm

A Vernon man charged in connection with the death of an auxiliary RCMP officer has admitted he was driving a stolen vehicle the night he plowed into a cruiser. Michael O'Brien, 25, pled guilty Tuesday to possession of stolen property and fleeing from police, but pled not guilty to the more serious...

Cop Killer Trial Delayed

Oct 24, 2006 / 10:31 am

The trial for a Vernon man charged with killing a police officer is off to a rocky start. Michael O'Brien, 25, is charged in the death of Vernon Auxiliary Constable Glen Evely. It's alleged that O'Brien was driving a stolen truck that rammed into Evely's police cruiser in November 2004. Evely's...

Cops & Crime Vernon

Oct 23, 2006 / 10:17 am

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-Oct-20 2006-28090 Theft of a Kona Moko 27 speed mountain bike silver in color with a black seat and red Manitou shocks front and...

Summerland Head-on MVA

Oct 20, 2006 / 8:42 pm

Friday around 2:30 pm Summerland RCMP and South Okanagan Traffic Services responded to a two vehicle head-on Motor Vehicle Accident on Highway 97, two kilometers north of Sumac Ridge Winery. The accident scene is where the two lane road runs along the edge of a cliff. A blue Chevy suburban...

Cops & Crime: Vernon

Oct 20, 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-Oct-19 2006-27977 Theft from a travel trailer and a mini van in the 1200 block of 29th Ave. A window was pried open and a small...

Plane Ran Out Of Fuel

Oct 19, 2006 / 5:25 pm

He was from Vernon and he ran out of fuel. Vernon RCMP have identified the pilot who was operating a single engine Piper aircraft that went down in rugged terrain off Bouleau Lake Rd in the Vernon area this week. The pilot has been identified as 39-year-old James Edgar Darwin of Vernon. Police...

Silver Star Pile Burning

Oct 19, 2006 / 1:00 pm

As part of the Silver Star Park Wildfire Hazard Reduction Project, burning of brush piles may occur next week in the park. The burning, to be carried out by Ministry of Environment contractors, is part of long-term plans to reduce wildfire fuel hazard and continue ecosystem restoration in Silver...

Plane Wreckage Found

Oct 18, 2006 / 12:56 pm

Officials are at the scene of a plane crash on the Westside. RCMP say the small plane was found by a helicopter this morning off Westside Road in the Vernon area. The pilot is dead. Police add that the circumstances appear to be suspicious. "We don't know where he or she was coming from or...

New Westside Cop Shop

Oct 18, 2006 / 7:00 am

The Regional Board has adopted the necessary bylaws in order to borrow funds for construction of a new RCMP building on the Westside. The proposed 1,520 square metre facility will be built on a 1.14-hectare property along Pamela Road that was purchased by the Regional District last year. The...

Vernon Purse Snatching

Oct 17, 2006 / 4:00 pm

Cops think they know who did it, but need your help in nailing the suspect. Another in a string of purse snatchings occurred in Vernon Tuesday morning when an elderly woman had a purse yanked from her arm in the 3000 block of 38th St. The incident took place shortly before 9 am. The victim...

Salmon Arm Man Missing

Oct 17, 2006 / 2:36 pm

He's been gone since Friday and may be in need of medical attention. Salmon Arm RCMP are asking the public's assistance in locating Richard Roe. Roe, 53, is diabetic and left his medication behind. He was last seen Friday evening, October 13 driving a blue 1991 four door Oldsmobile Cutlass...

Accidents On The Rise

Oct 16, 2006 / 9:00 pm

A recent rash of serious accidents on Okanagan roads over the past week has drawn the attention of the RCMP. Since October 12, five people have been killed on Okanagan Highways. Several others are in hospital with various injuries. October 12, one dead in a single vehicle accident on Highway 5...

Bank Robber Charged

Oct 16, 2006 / 2:00 pm

A Vernon man has been charged in connection with a bank robbery at the downtown CIBC branch October 12. Kevin Donald Power, 41, has been charged with one count of robbery. Power was arrested Thursday while hiding in a culvert below the street, wet up to his hips. While he professed his...

Accident Victims Identified

Oct 16, 2006 / 11:15 am

RCMP have released the names of two people killed on Okanagan highways over the past 72 hours. Roland Loewen, 37, or Vernon was killed Saturday morning when the motorcycle he was riding collided head on with a pick-up truck on Highway 33 near 8 Mile Ranch. Loewen was with a group of five other...

Retired and Working

Oct 15, 2006 / 11:30 am

Okanagan Staffing Services Inc. is spearheading a new program to help alleviate the labour shortage throughout the Okanagan Valley. With a shortage of qualified workers in the area and unemployment rates at their lowest in decades, this program focuses on active senior citizens who are retired and...

Seniors Lodge Remodeled

Oct 15, 2006 / 9:19 am

Yesterday saw the official re-opening of Pioneer Lodge in Salmon Arm, a $5.3-million development that converted an aging 75-bed residential care facility into 30 affordable apartments and support services for seniors. “Seniors in Salmon Arm now have access to more safe, quality, affordable...

Stand Up Against Poverty

Oct 15, 2006 / 8:18 am

Outside the Vernon Library today the Okanagan Awareness Movement is hosting a “Stand Up” rally/concert for the eradication of poverty. Organizers say that there will be a myriad of information booths, speakers on each one of the Millennium Development Goals, bands from 11 am to sunset, and an...

Grow Op Charges Laid

Oct 14, 2006 / 6:47 am

Two months after a marijuana grow-op was discovered in Lake Country, charges have now been laid against a local couple. 42 year old Brent Chuhaniuk and his 41 year old wife Jeanette have been charged with production of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking, fraudulent...

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