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Cops & Crime Vernon

Dec 18, 2006 / 6:00 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-15 2006-32899 Theft of a 2005 Polaris 900RMK snowmobile from the 2900 block of Sallenback Rd in Silver Creek. It appears the...

Drivers Don't Get It

Dec 18, 2006 / 5:15 pm

Vernon RCMP got nearly a dozen drunk drivers off the road during Counter Attack road checks Saturday, December 16. Three drivers were charged with impaired driving, while eight others were handed roadside suspensions ranging from 24-hours to 90-days. Another driver received a 24-hour suspension...

Hot Market For Nurses

Dec 17, 2006 / 11:30 am

Forty-five more Practical Nurses are ready to help respond to the needs of the health care sector after graduating this week from Okanagan College. “We’re conscious of the skills shortage in health care and are committed as a College to helping answer the needs of our communities,” says...

Missing Teen Update

Dec 16, 2006 / 5:00 pm

MISSING PERSON Update 9:30AM Sunday Merritt RCMP report that Natasha Finnegan returned home of her own accord Saturday night. New to the area, she had decided to go visit friends without informing family members in either Merritt or Kelowna. News of her being missing prompted many calls from...

Summerland Road Checks

Dec 16, 2006 / 11:00 am

On the night of December 15, the Summerland RCMP conducted several road blocks at various locations throughout the Summerland area in order to deter impaired drivers. This effort is to make the driving public as safe as possible on our streets. A total of 5 drivers were taken off the Summerland...

Pole Fire Causes Detour

Dec 15, 2006 / 2:57 pm

A hydro pole fire in Vernon this morning caused headaches for hydro customers and highway traffic. Just before 10 am, RCMP blocked traffic from traveling along Highway 97 (32nd Street) from 31st Avenue to 34th Avenue. Almost 3,000 customers were affected by the outage covering an area from...

Livestock Gone Missing

Dec 15, 2006 / 2:48 pm

The RCMP Westbank Rural Detachment and the 'E' Division Livestock Section are requesting the public's assistance with the location of over 60 cattle. The cattle were in the summer range east of Kelowna but did not return with the main herds. The area involved is bordered by Kelowna, Highway 33,...
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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...
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