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Prostitute Round Up

Aug 13, 2007 / 12:33 pm

Vernon RCMP say efforts to rid the downtown of prostitutes appears to be working. Police wrapped up another prostitution sting last week, arresting nine sex trade workers between the ages of 23 and 46 -- all known to police. "One of the arrests was made near the Upper Room Mission, the...

Perv Back Behind Bars

Aug 13, 2007 / 10:40 am

A Vernon man with a history of dabbing in child porn, is back in prison --this time for sexual assault. Samuel Taylor Saba has been sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault with threats. The court heard how Saba had met a woman in downtown Kelowna, struck her with...

Missing Woman Found

Aug 12, 2007 / 10:51 am

Kate has been taken home. A missing Vernon woman has been found. Kate Ross, 68, went missing from her group home on August 9. She was found at the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital later that same evening. She was taken to the hospital after she was found riding the local transit system for several...

Bylaw Noise Enforcement

Aug 11, 2007 / 9:00 am

Respect your neighbours and your community by keeping the noise down. Or face a fine. RCMP, By-law services and the City of Vernon are responding to an increased number of noise complaints this summer. Corporal Henry Proce says the main culprits appear to be drivers who have massive...

Charges In Wal-Mart Arrest

Aug 10, 2007 / 4:30 pm

A Vernon man faces numerous charges as a result of an incident at the Vernon Wal-Mart Wednesday. Jay Burnett Hamilton, 30, has been charged with two firearm violations and possession of marijuana. The charges arose after a man left a briefcase behind when he took his car in for service at...

Vernon Woman Missing

Aug 10, 2007 / 12:30 pm

Have you seen Kate? A 68 year old woman has wandered away from her group home in Vernon, and the RCMP are looking for her. Kate Ross was last seen late Thursday evening at her home on 20th Street. She has some dementia, has suffered a stroke, is epileptic, and is described as somewhat...

Shuswap Dvlpmt On Pause

Aug 10, 2007 / 11:00 am

Commercial waterfront development is on hold in the Shuswap for the time being. The BC ministry of Agriculture and Lands has implemented a temporary delay on foreshore development on both Shuswap and Mara Lakes while a group of organizations work through a Shuswap Basin Integrated Planning...

Drugs & Gun At Wal-Mart

Aug 9, 2007 / 10:00 am

A Vernon man learned the hard way not to leave your belongings behind. The 30-year-old man faces numerous weapons charges after a briefcase containing a handgun, ammunition and marijuana was discovered at the Vernon Wal-Mart. Police say the man dropped his car off for service and left,...

Rally Witnesses Account

Aug 9, 2007 / 5:00 am

An eyewitness to two arrests during a peace rally in Vernon Monday has a different story to tell than police. The second annual Peace and Awareness Rally was held at Vernon’s Polson Park with several hundred people attending. The event got off to a peaceful start, however, it ended with two of...

Body Still A 'John Doe'

Aug 8, 2007 / 1:00 pm

It's been nearly a week, and still no name can be given to a body found in Kalamalka Park, near Vernon. The unidentified man, believed to be between the ages of 45 and 55, was discovered near a popular cliff diving area on August 3. He was found some 40 feet above the water line on a rocky...

Peace Rally Turns Ugly

Aug 7, 2007 / 2:02 pm

They didn’t practice what they were preaching. Two principal organizers of the ‘Peace and Awareness Rally’ held in Vernon’s Polson Park were arrested for obstruction of justice. Corporal Henry Proce says the rally, which started at noon on Monday, began peacefully but it didn’t end that...

Vipers Look For New Coach

Aug 7, 2007 / 11:00 am

The Vernon Vipers are looking for a new coach and general manager. Mark Holick was named Tuesday the new head coach of the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice. Holick replaces Cory Clouston, who stepped down last month to take over as head coach of the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey...

Excavator Falls In Lake

Aug 5, 2007 / 12:01 pm

An excavator nearly took four people into Okanagan Lake earlier this week. On Friday, a team of workers from the Outback Resort in Vernon were working with the excavator on a barge at Ellison Provincial Park. The four-man crew was using the machine to install large concrete blocks at the...

Body Found At Kal Park

Aug 4, 2007 / 10:05 am

A man is dead after an apparent fall from a cliff at Cousin’s Bay in Kalamalka Lake Park. The man’s body was discovered Friday evening around 7 p.m. He is believed to be a Caucasian between the ages of 35 and 50. Corporal Robert Daly says the man was not carrying any ID and has not yet been...

Armstrong Victim ID

Jul 31, 2007 / 1:30 pm

Vernon RCMP have released the name of the Alberta man killed in a single vehicle accident in Armstrong Sunday afternoon. Justin Richard Tkachuk, 20, from Sherwood Park, Alberta was killed when the vehicle he was driving crossed the centre line, left the road and flipped. Tkachuk was ejected from...

Vernon Dragon Festival

Jul 30, 2007 / 1:00 pm

Five Okanagan boats finished in the top six in the competitive women's competition at the 3rd annual Vernon Dragon Boat Festival on the weekend. Fire on Water, a newly formed team out of Kelowna finished second in the final. The Ya Ya Sisters of Penticton captured the bronze medal. Penticton...

Vernon Armed Robbery

Jul 30, 2007 / 9:39 am

Vernon RCMP are investigating an armed robbery that left two young employees rattled. The incident happened late Sunday evening at the Okanagan Store on Okanagan Landing Road where a man threatened the two workers with a knife. "The suspect entered the premise shortly after 8:00 PM. He was...

Fatal Accident In Armstrong

Jul 30, 2007 / 5:30 am

One man is dead and two others injured following a single vehicle accident in Armstrong Sunday afternoon. The accident occurred on Highway 97a, just north of the Pleasant Valley Road junction. North Okanagan RCMP say a 2002 Mazda Protege was travelling south when it suddenly crossed the centre...

Dad Jumps From Car

Jul 27, 2007 / 5:00 am

A father and daughter are in trouble with the law after a bizarre incident in Vernon this week. The incident took place at around 3 am Thursday when police tried to pull over a car on 24th Avenue because it didn't have its headlights on. "The driver initially pulled over but then took off as...

Unnecessary 911 Calls

Jul 26, 2007 / 10:00 am

Vernon RCMP are growing fed-up with unnecessary 9-1-1 calls. "More and more routine complaints and calls for service are being received as 9-1-1 calls by dispatchers at our central Operation’s Communication Centre in Kelowna," says Vernon RCMP Corporal Henry Proce. "The dispatchers are...

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