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Dog Bites Thief

Sep 17, 2007 / 1:00 pm

One crook has learned the hard way not run from a police dog. A 41-year-old Vernon man is behind bars after being brought down by a police dog early Monday morning. RCMP spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says they responded to a report of a break and enter just after 1 a.m. “The man was seen exiting a...

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Sep 14, 2007 / 10:26 am

Falkland RCMP are still gathering details following a fatal motorcycle accident. The crash occurred Thursday night on Highway 97 near Whispering Pines -- halfway between Vernon and Falkland. "A 62-year-old male lost control of his motorcycle and spilled onto the roadway. The bike ended up in a...

Lumby Grow-Op Dismantled

Sep 14, 2007 / 7:00 am

RCMP in the North Okanagan have taken down another marijuana grow operation in the Lumby area. The latest seizure took place Wednesday in the 200 block of Rawlings Lake Road. Lumby RCMP Detachment Commander, Corporal Henry Proce, says police found a quantity of marijuana as well as a loaded and...

Peace Protest Charges

Sep 14, 2007 / 5:30 am

Charges are being brought against two men following a peace protest in Vernon last month. A peaceful protest at Polson Park turned ugly on August 6 after an altercation between a bylaw officer and two of the event organizers, John Jack Elliman and Neil Magnusson. The incident allegedly started...

Cops And Crimes: Vernon

Sep 13, 2007 / 2:00 pm

Here is a list of crimes that occurred in the North Okanagan Thursday. Call Crime Stoppers tip line at 1-800-222-tips (8477). The file numbers are attached. 2007-25235 - 4400 block 29th Street., mischief to vehicle, drivers side windows smashed with rocks. 2007-25136 - 2600 block 24th Ave.,...

666 Armed Robber

Sep 11, 2007 / 1:45 pm

A man with a knife got away with some money Monday night. Vernon Sergeant David Evans says just after 11, a man entered the Family 2 For 1 Pizza on 27th Street. “The man entered the location and demanded money from the employee while holding a hunting style knife in his hand. The employee did...

Four Pot Ops Busted

Sep 10, 2007 / 3:30 pm

Four grow ops have been busted in the North Okanagan. On September 6, RCMP from Enderby, Lumby and Armstrong dismantled three marihuana grow ops discovered in the rural Noisy Creek Forestry area, just west of Mabel Lake. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon and North Okanagan RCMP says nearly 1,000 plants...

Norick House Fire

Sep 10, 2007 / 11:00 am

An extended care facility in Vernon was evacuated over the weekend. The dinning area of the Norick House on Mission Road filled with smoke after a pair of fibre glass dinner trays were left on top of stove around 2 p.m. Fire chief Johnny Lysholm says the person who left the trays on the stove...

Arson Ruins Records

Sep 10, 2007 / 8:30 am

An act of arson has destroyed some very valuable records in Vernon. Just after 5:30 p.m. on September 6, at least one person broke into the records room of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and set two small fires. Fire chief Johnny Lysholm says the fires were both small, but they did activate the...

RCMP Building Evacuated

Sep 10, 2007 / 7:00 am

At least the fire department was right across the street. On Friday morning, the Vernon RCMP detachment was evacuated after a fire started just after 10 a.m. Fire chief Johnny Lysholm says the fire started in the building’s new generator. “They were testing the new backup power generator...

Vernon Dope Seizure

Sep 7, 2007 / 11:00 am

Speeding through a school zone has resulted in drug charges against a 41-year-old Edgewood man. RCMP say they pulled over a Ford Ranger pick-up for speeding in front of Coldstream Elementary School Thursday morning. "Subsequent investigation led to the discovery of two large plastic baggies...

Pot Plants Found

Sep 5, 2007 / 3:30 pm

Someone in Vernon is missing a lot of expensive plants. Late last week, the RCMP received a call from a resident who had discovered a pile of garbage bags on the side of the road. Sergeant David Evans says when officers responded, they discovered 115 pot plants stuffed in several plastic bags...

Proce Leaves Vernon

Sep 5, 2007 / 2:00 pm

A change is coming for the Vernon RCMP. Corporal Henry Proce has transferred to the Lumby office and a new media relations officer will soon take over his duties. Sergeant David Evans says the name of the media relations officer will not be released until the officer completes a media training...

Mom Earns Nomination

Sep 3, 2007 / 10:10 am

A local mom-owned business, Baby Planet Boutique, has been nominated to win The SavvyMom Mompreneur of the Year Award. The award is a readers' choice contest designed to find Canada's top Mompreneur. The winner, to be announced in October, will receive $18,000 cash, business services and office...

Signatures Of Support

Sep 2, 2007 / 5:00 am

Sometimes, simply signing your name can make someone’s day brighter. A Vernon company has gathered several thousand signatures on a nine metre long banner, which will make its way to Kandahar Air Force Base in Afghanistan this November. HevyD’s Old Fashioned Kettle Korn is hoping to show...

Thieves At Work

Aug 31, 2007 / 4:30 pm

RCMP are reminding all vehicle owners to be extra vigilant about not leaving valuables in plain sight inside their vehicle when parking in the city or surrounding area. Gordon Molendyk of the Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit says there has been a sharp increase in thefts from within vehicles...

Hot Car Driver Busted

Aug 31, 2007 / 12:30 pm

A 17-yr-old is in RCMP custody in Vernon after being arrested early Friday morning driving a stolen vehicle. About 1:20 a.m. police pulled over a vehicle on Highway 6 near 15th Ave. with four young men inside. “The vehicle had been stolen,” says Gordon Molendyk with the Vernon RCMP. “All of...

Argo Strike Over

Aug 30, 2007 / 5:37 pm

BC Government and Service Employees' union members employed at Argo Road Maintenance in the Okanagan Shuswap ratified a new collective agreement last night. Highways workers in the area have been on strike since May 28th. They returned to work this morning. "This settlement comes after a long...

Vernon Bullies Busted

Aug 28, 2007 / 9:00 am

Two Vernon men are facing charges following a series of bizarre incidents last week. The events unfolded last Thursday afternoon when Vernon RCMP were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of the Pier on Kal Beach. "What started out as a conversation between two females and three males turned...

No Attempted Abduction

Aug 25, 2007 / 10:30 am

An attempted abduction in Vernon Thursday turns out to have been a case of miscommunication. A 55-year-old woman was walking her dog around 11 p.m. in the Valleyview Crescent area when she was approached by a man in a car. The woman says the man told her to get inside the car, at which point she...

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