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Possible attempted abduction

Feb 11, 2008 / 2:30 pm

RCMP are trying to identify a man who may have attempted to abduct a child in Okanagan Landing. An eight year old boy was walking home from school when he was approached by a man just before 12:30 p.m. Friday. Constable Cathy Scott says the boy was walking near the Okanagan Landing Fire...

Charges approved for three robberies

Feb 11, 2008 / 1:30 pm

Charges have been approved against a Vernon man for a series of robberies. Aaron Scott Hastie, 25, is facing charges of robbery for his part in three robberies which occurred since December. Constable Cathy Scott says Hastie was arrested on January 30 for allegedly robbing the Longhorn Pub on...

Tragic accident claims life

Feb 11, 2008 / 11:34 am

A tragic accident has claimed the life of a Vernon snowmobiler. Randy Dortman, 52, was killed on Saturday while snowmobiling with friends in the vicinity of Near Mountain, northeast of Lumby. Corporal Henry Proce, says Dortman was an avid snowmobiler with decades of experience. “He was out...

New Vernon health centre opens

Feb 9, 2008 / 4:00 pm

A new drop-in primary health care centre has been opened in Vernon. Health Minister George Abbott officially opened the centre this week that will provide access to health care for homeless and marginalized people in Vernon. "The Downtown Primary Care Centre represents the kind of innovative...

LePage found guilty

Feb 8, 2008 / 10:52 am

Robert Paul LePage, 56, has been found guilty in connection with the abduction of an 11-year-old Armstrong girl in May of 2006. B.C. Supreme Court Justice, Peter Rogers, handed down his ruling Friday morning. LePage, who represented himself at trial, was found guilty of kidnapping, sexual assault...

House under construction burns

Feb 8, 2008 / 10:00 am

A home still under construction in a new subdivision in Vernon went up in flames Thursday night. The call came in about 10:30. The house, in the 3700 block of Razorback Court, is nearly a write-off according to Deputy Vernon Fire Chief, Rick Owens. "Two thirds of the upper floor is pretty much...

Crime of the week: Vernon

Feb 7, 2008 / 1:00 pm

On Wednesday, February 6 at approximately 10:00 a.m., the Vernon RCMP responded to a report of a B&E to Skyride Cycle in the 4600 block of 27th Street in Vernon. Entry was gained by smashing a rock through the front door of the business. Investigation revealed that three mountain bikes were...

Inquest into Klim death

Feb 6, 2008 / 5:00 am

A coroners inquest will be held into the December 27 death of Christopher Paul Klim. The 23-year-old Vernon man was shot twice by RCMP during an incident at his home. Klim died later in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. Coroner, Norm Leibel announced the inquest Tuesday. The date and location of the...

Sean Harvey sentence expected Tuesday

Feb 5, 2008 / 10:06 am

Former Vernon mayor Sean Harvey is expected to be sentenced Tuesday. He is facing five counts of fraud and one count of forgery stemming from dealings with a former business partner. His lawyer, Ian McTavish, says Harvey plans to plead guilty to two of the charges. He will seek a fine when the...

New auxiliaries in training

Feb 5, 2008 / 10:00 am

They’ll be ready by Spring. Eight men and two woman are undergoing training in the North Okanagan to become Auxiliary Constables. Constable Cathy Scott says training of the new recruits started on January 26. “Training will consist of 120 hours of approved RCMP training. The new constables...

'Phishing' scam hits North Okanagan

Feb 5, 2008 / 8:00 am

North Okanagan businesses are being warned about a scam which has surfaced in the area. Kevin Rothwell, accreditation and communication specialist, says at least two Vernon businesses have received ‘phishing’ emails which claim to be from the Better Business Bureau. “The BBB name continues...

More arrests following undercover op

Feb 4, 2008 / 11:30 am

More arrests have been made following an undercover operation in the North Okanagan. Constable Cathy Scott says four more people have been arrested as a result of an undercover operation which focused on street level drug trafficking around the Upper Room Mission. “Further arrests have been...

New shelter for Vernon

Feb 3, 2008 / 9:00 am

Vernon will be getting a permanent emergency shelter. The provincial government is kicking in nearly $1 million for the purchase and renovation of a 25-bed shelter for men and women on 33rd Street. The property is the former Chinese Freemason's building. Okanagan-Vernon MLA, Tom Christensen,...

Lumby arena upgrade

Feb 2, 2008 / 9:30 am

The provincial government is coming to the aid of users of the Pat Duke Memorial Arena in Lumby. Okanagan-Vernon MLA, Tom Christensen, recently announced funding of just under $200,000 for repairs and upgrades to the arena. Christensen says the funds will go toward replacing the ice plant...

Alleged predator arrested in Vernon

Feb 1, 2008 / 4:00 pm

A 45-year-old Vernon man faces charges of child luring over the internet following an undercover operation conducted by New Westminster Police. On information received from police in New Westminster, Vernon RCMP raided a home and seized computers. William Hermakin was arrested and made his first...

Silver Star water issues resolved

Feb 1, 2008 / 5:00 am

Water will soon be flowing more easily at Silver Star in the North Okanagan. Issues surrounding the mountain’s water supply have been resolved and long-awaited development is expected to start in the spring. Developer for Firelight, Silver Star’s newest real estate offering, Paul Plocktis,...

Arrest made in pub robbery

Jan 31, 2008 / 4:30 pm

Vernon RCMP have a man in custody in connection with a liquor store robbery in January. Aaron Scott Hastie, 25, is in custody, accused of the January 13 robbery at the Longhorn Pub liquor store. Police say a man entered the pub and produced a note stating that he wanted all the money and that he...

Undercover drug op nabs twelve

Jan 30, 2008 / 4:30 pm

Vernon RCMP have four people in custody following a lengthy undercover drug operation. Police focused on street level drug trafficking in the Vernon area during the four day operation. They made a number of drug purchases and raided a home in the 2200 block of 32nd Street. "Twelve individuals,...

Former drug house up for sale

Jan 30, 2008 / 9:00 am

A former grow-op house has been forfeited by the courts and will be put up for sale. The home, located on the 7700 block of Tronson Road in Vernon, is the subject of a Restraint Order under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Civil Forfeiture Act, which prevents a home from being sold...

Two in custody after stealing truck

Jan 30, 2008 / 8:30 am

Two men are in custody after allegedly stealing a truck. Gord Molendyk of the Vernon/North Okanagan RCMP, says a green Ford pickup was reported stolen early Tuesday morning. “At about 8 a.m. Tuesday, a member located a stolen vehicle in the area of Wellington Drive and Cascade Drive, believed...

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