Lake Country Liberals Debate

Nov 19, 2004 / 7:05 am
Tonight Lake Country Liberals will hear from four candidates who wish to replace BC Liberal MLA John Weisbeck. Weisbeck has indicated he will not seek re-election in the forthcoming May election. The Candidates throwing their hats into the race are Weisbeck's former wife, Sarina Sandana-Weisbeck,...

Lake Country Armed Robbery

Nov 18, 2004 / 3:45 pm
Woody's Pub in Lake Country was the scene of an armed robbery Thursday. RCMP say a man, armed with a knife, robbed the place shortly after 1:30 p.m. The suspect matches the same description as the man who robbed a Kelowna wine and beer store also on Thursday. In that robbery, a man armed with...

Update On Osoyoos Fire

Nov 17, 2004 / 4:00 pm
Fire has destroyed a home in Osoyoos. It happened late Wednesday morning in the town's industrial area. Osoyoos Fire Chief Ross Driver says the home was gutted. "We just had a very rapid fire on top of the Osoyoos Self-Storage building where there's a residence and it has been totally...

Fire In Osoyoos

Nov 17, 2004 / 12:39 pm
Officials in Osoyoos are dealing with an industrial fire. Witnesses say they heard a large explosion at around 11:30 Wednesday morning followed by flames. "There was a huge explosion, black smoke and flames. It leveled a house and a mini-storage and now it's just burning," says one witness....

Vernon Hatchet Robbers Busted

Nov 17, 2004 / 6:46 am
RCMP are hoping they have put an end to a series of recent armed robberies in the Vernon area. Last night around 5:30 two men entered a Vernon convenience store and managed to get away with some cash. As the thieves drove away, a witness managed to get the license plate of the 1990's burgundy...

Coquihalla Fatality IDed

Nov 17, 2004 / 6:19 am
The victim of a deadly Coquihalla crash has now been identified. 67-year old David Cramer of Peachland died in a crash 8 km’s north of Merritt on Monday afternoon. His wife Laura Cramer was behind the wheel of the vehicle went it left the highway. She was treated for her injuries at Nicola...

Regional Board Highlights

Nov 16, 2004 / 2:00 pm
Mission Creek Park Pine Beetle Control The Regional District has approved a plan to control the extreme infestation of Western Pine Beetle in Mission Creek Regional Park. Several years of dry weather has stressed Ponderosa pine in the Sutherland Hills area of the park making them susceptible to...

Vernon Suspect Not 18

Nov 16, 2004 / 9:23 am
Vernon RCMP learned yesterday that the man involved in the fatal car crash that took the life of Auxiliary Constable Glen Evely and hospitalized another member of the RCMP early Saturday morning, had supplied a false identity. It turns out he was 23 and not 18 years old as he claimed. Therefore...

Vernon Hatchet Robbery

Nov 16, 2004 / 7:24 am
Two armed robbers held up the Vernon Super Save at 25th Avenue & 43rd Street last night. It happened around 9:10 pm. At one point a robber held a hatchet to the throat of an employee. The robbers got away with some cash and other small items. The employees were not injured.

Coquihalla Fatality

Nov 16, 2004 / 6:34 am
An accident Monday afternoon on the Coquihalla has left one person dead. It happened eight kilometers north of Merritt when the south bound vehicle went off the road, into a median, and then rolled. The passenger was ejected from the car and died at the scene. The driver was taken to Nicola...

Vernon RCMP Auxiliary Funeral

Nov 16, 2004 / 5:00 am
A Vernon RCMP auxiliary killed last weekend in a tragic accident will be laid to rest this Saturday while his partner clings to life. Glen Evely, 39, was killed after a stolen pick-up truck struck his police cruiser. His partner, Constable Frank Grenier, 44, is lying in a drug-induced coma at...

Vernon Auxiliary Funeral/Trust Fund

Nov 15, 2004 / 11:45 am
Funeral arrangements and a trust fund are being organized in the wake of last weekend's tragedy in Vernon that claimed the life of an auxiliary RCMP officer. Glen Evely, 39, was killed early Saturday morning when a stolen pick-up truck rammed his police car. The constable driving the car remains...

Swan Lake Interchange Open

Nov 15, 2004 / 10:15 am
Edited News Release The new $22 million Swan Lake interchange, four km north of Vernon, is now open to the public. "This is the biggest highway project completed in the Heartlands this year and it was completed under budget by a half million dollars," says Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon...

Snowy Connector Fatality

Nov 15, 2004 / 6:27 am
There has been a snowy fatal on the Connector. Police are investigating a deadly crash on Highway 97C, 58 km’s west of Westbank. Shortly before 8 pm last night, a 1989 Acura Legend ran off the right side of the highway and rolled 30 feet down an embankment into a ditch. The man behind the...

Vernon In Shock

Nov 14, 2004 / 6:46 am
Vernon Mayor Sean Harvey says the city is in shock after a speeding van killed a 39-year old RCMP auxiliary constable and seriously injured a 20-year veteran of the force. The accident took place in downtown Vernon about two am Saturday when the van, stolen from Armstrong, ran a red light and...

Vernon Auxiliary Killed

Nov 13, 2004 / 9:46 am
Vernon RCMP are saying little about reports that an Auxiliary member has been killed and another officer injured after an accident early Saturday morning. The accident apparently took place around 2:15 am when a stolen van ran a red light in the downtown Vernon area and hit an RCMP cruiser. The...

No Arrests In Vernon Beating

Nov 12, 2004 / 2:04 pm
Vernon RCMP are releasing few details surrounding the savage beating of a man at Kin Beach November 9th. RCMP will say only that the victim is a 30 year old resident of Vernon. He has been identified and family has been notified. At this time, his identity is not being made known. The victim...

Westside OCP Hearing Planned

Nov 12, 2004 / 1:50 pm
Westside residents and businesses have an opportunity to speak to the Regional Board about the new Westside Official Community Plan (OCP). A Public Hearing will be held Monday November 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Okanagan Ballroom of the Holiday Inn in Westbank (2569 Dobbin Road). The Westside...

Winfield Signage Crackdown

Nov 12, 2004 / 7:17 am
Lake Country Newsletter Signs, signs, everywhere a sign, but not in Lake Country, at least not in the public right of way at the junction of Highway 97 and District roads anymore. Earlier this summer, the District proclaimed all illegal signs would come down where they caused a safety hazard. The...

Salmon Arm Missing Person

Nov 10, 2004 / 12:04 pm
Kelowna RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating a man missing from the Blind Bay area of Salmon Arm since 8 am on November 25,2004. His family is concerned for his safety due to his current emotional health. Missing is Thomas Ward, 66. He is a caucasian male, 5'10", 180 lbs, with short...

Merritt Stand Off

Nov 10, 2004 / 7:54 am
It was a tense evening for residents of a subdivision in Merritt last night. Shots rang out from a home around 10 pm last night resulting in a full city block being evacuated. The Kamloops RCMP Emergency Response Team responded and a man in his 60's surrendered and was taken into custody around 2...

Summerland Dog Poisonings

Nov 9, 2004 / 12:00 pm
The SPCA is investigating dog poisonings in the Summerland area. Three dogs have been poisoned in the past week. Two of them have since died. The Penticton SPCA says it won't reveal where the poisonings have occurred because it might jeopardize its investigation. However, it claims to have...

Summerland Drug Bust

Nov 8, 2004 / 12:56 pm
A Summerland resident is facing drug charges. The suspect was nabbed with crystal meth and some cocaine on Main Street last weekend. Police searched his hotel room and also found some pot and identification that didn't belong to the suspect. The accused has been charged with trafficking and is...

Paragon Closes Lumby Mill

Nov 6, 2004 / 10:11 am
A lumby sawmill closed indefinitely Friday throwing 80 workers onto the unemployment lines. Paragon Wood Products general manager Dennis Powell says there was no choice in the matter as the operation is being squeezed from every direction. Powell gave a number of factors for the mill closure...

It Was Quesnel

Nov 6, 2004 / 7:25 am
RCMP have now released the name of the man who's body was recovered from Kalamalka Lake Thursday afternoon. He is 58 year old Paul Quesnel of Vernon whose truck was found at a boat launch on Kal Lake November 4. Police had been looking for Quesnel after he failed to show up at his job as a...

Body Found In Kal Lake

Nov 5, 2004 / 6:03 am
Vernon RCMP are remaining quiet over the identity of a body found in Kalamalka Lake yesterday afternoon. A police helicopter spotted the body shortly after a truck belonging to 58 year old Paul Quesnel was found at a boat launch on Kal Lake. Police have been looking for Quesnel after he failed to...

Lakeview Sewer System

Nov 3, 2004 / 1:40 pm
News Release Good Support for Lakeview Sewers There’s been a good show of support from property owners affected by the proposed third phase of the Lakeview Community Sewer System. About 150 people attended a meeting last night as the three Westside Electoral Area Directors and Engineering...

Regional District Highlights

Nov 2, 2004 / 1:01 pm
Proposed Access Along Gellatly Waterfront The Regional District has given conditional support to a referral from Land and Water BC Inc. Blueberry Hill Holdings has applied to allow a public walkway across the lakefront of its proposed Cove Resort property, linking the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional...

Naramata Explosion

Nov 1, 2004 / 3:33 pm
A Naramata man is in hospital suffering from burns following an explosion Sunday. Officials say the man had been working on a car with a welding torch in a garage when a small fire started. They say the man tried to put it out with an extinguisher and there was a big explosion. The man was...

Building Surpasses Projections

Nov 1, 2004 / 9:13 am
City Of Kelowna News Release Development activity between January and September 2004 is substantially higher than projections contained in the City’s Official Community Plan. As of the end of September 2004 residential development was 30% higher than year end projections and both commercial and...

Fire Destroys Westside Home

Oct 29, 2004 / 9:30 am
Two people are homeless following a mobile home fire on the Westside Friday morning. The unit in Pineridge Estates on Old Boucherie Road went up in flames shortly after 7:30. The two occupants -- a young man and his father -- escaped unharmed but the whereabouts of the family's dog is still not...

Glenrosa Chimney Fire

Oct 29, 2004 / 7:42 am
Crews are still mopping up a chimney fire in the 3400 block of McGregor Road in Glenrosa this morning. Crews were called out at 3:25 am. Apparently, there was a crack in the flue of the chimney and the blaze spread in to at least one wall. No one was hurt. Fire officials say it is a reminder to...

Major Bust In Lake Country

Oct 28, 2004 / 3:34 pm
RCMP have hit the jackpot in Lake Country. They raided a home in the 1600 block of Maki Rd. Thursday where they seized an assortment of stolen goods and counterfeit money. Here's a list of what police recovered: High end computers, hard drives, scanners and printers.Counterfeit $100 bills.A...

Westside Jeep Flip Over

Oct 28, 2004 / 12:56 pm
RCMP are looking for a flatbed truck that caused a potentially serious accident Thursday morning on the Westside. The crash happened shortly after 7 o'clock on Highway 97 near Bartley Rd. where a green Jeep TJ was forced off the road by the truck. Police say both vehicles were southbound when...

Okanagan Worker Electrocuted

Oct 28, 2004 / 12:11 pm
The Workers Compensation Board is investigating a fatal industrial accident in the South Okanagan. A man was electrocuted in Oliver Wednesday when the boom to a concrete pumper truck came into contact with power lines. The accident happened at around 11:30 a.m. at a construction site on 129th...

Westside Road Rollover

Oct 26, 2004 / 2:53 pm
Kelowna RCMP are trying to hunt down the driver of an SUV who was involved in a single vehicle accident on Westside Rd. Tuesday. The driver lost control of the SUV near Trader's Cove Rd. and flipped the vehicle on its side. Witnesses saw the driver get out of the vehicle and flee into the...

Vernon's Bad Guy Of The Week

Oct 26, 2004 / 10:46 am
Crime Stoppers is asking the publics assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on several provincial wide warrants. As of 08:45 hrs on the 26th of October, Paul Ian SOKOLOSKY (BD:1979-Sept-13) is wanted for theft under and evading a summons. SOKOLOSKY is described as a while...

North Okanagan Assault

Oct 20, 2004 / 4:37 pm
RCMP say it was not a random attack. At approx 8:40AM Tuesday, Lumby RCMP were called to a residence in Cherryville to investigate the report of an assault. A 19-year-old female victim alleged that a male entered her residence and assaulted her and she sustained an injury to the back of her...

Westbank Man To Plead Guilty

Oct 19, 2004 / 12:59 pm
A Westbank man charged with murdering his wife is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge. CHBC News is reporting that Alasdair MacMillan was to plead guilty to manslaughter on Monday for killing Faye MacMillan in the parking lot of a Westside regional park in December 2001. He was originally...

Vernon's Bad Guy Of The Week

Oct 19, 2004 / 10:22 am
Vernon Crime Stoppers is asking the publics assistance in locating the following male who is wanted in BC on provincial wide warrants. As of 08:40 AM on the 19th of October, David Steven WEAR (BD:1961-09-09) is wanted for Fraud, Forgery and Possession of Stolen Property. WEAR is described as a...
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