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Fewer Highway Fatalities

Mar 1, 2007 / 3:41 pm

RCMP are taking much of the credit for a sharp drop in highway fatalities within the South East District. Last year's figures show a 34 per-cent decrease in fatal crashes in the corridor running from the Alberta/BC provincial border on Highway #1 at Golden along Highway 97 through Vernon, Kelowna...

Governance Open Houses

Mar 1, 2007 / 9:10 am

The Westside Governance Committee will be holding its first two Open Houses in early March. Each Open House will begin at 6pm with an informal, 90-minute gathering during which residents may review, at their own pace, various display boards and materials. Committee members will be available during...

Another Murder Charge

Feb 28, 2007 / 4:07 pm

A Vernon man awaiting trial for murder has been charged with another killing. Eric Fish, 45, has been charged with the murder of Jeffrey Drake. The victim's body was found in the Adventure Bay area of Vernon in 2004 and he was well known to police. Police say Drake's murder investigation is...

Lowering Limit: Peachland

Feb 28, 2007 / 10:45 am

The Central Okanagan School District wants the speed limit reduced through part of Peachland. At Wednesday's school board meeting, trustees will be asked to write a letter to the Department of Highways, requesting a reduction of speed near Peachland Elementary School. Superintendent of Schools,...

Pursuit Ends In Arrest

Feb 28, 2007 / 9:30 am

A 17-year-old Kelowna youth is in police custody in Vernon in connection with the theft of a pick-up truck Tuesday. Vernon RCMP say the truck was stolen from the Middleton Mountain area shortly before 1 a.m. When they confronted the driver, he fled, narrowly missing a second police...

Oyama Mining Protest

Feb 28, 2007 / 5:00 am

A group of Oyama residents is angry with the provincial government. About a dozen residents of the Kal-Pine retirement complex held a protest outside MLA Al Horning's office Tuesday morning. They're upset the government is considering an application for a gravel pit on the west side of the valley....

RDCO Highlights

Feb 27, 2007 / 3:00 pm

Westside Governance Presentation - The Regional Board has received an update from the Westside Governance Committee regarding the Status Quo/Incorporation/Boundary Extension study. Committee Chair Doug Findlater and consultant Alan Neilsen-Welch outlined the details of the extensive six-week...

Rick Thorpe Resting

Feb 27, 2007 / 10:53 am

Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe is heading back to the hospital for more tests following Monday's scare. He was taken by ambulance to hospital after suffering from a shortness of breath in the Legislature. Thorpe has a history of heart problems. His assistant, Pamela Hollingsworth, says Thorpe...

Armed Robber Charged

Feb 26, 2007 / 4:30 pm

Vernon RCMP believe they know the man responsible for a string of armed robberies at grocery stores over the past four days. Crown Council has approved charges four charges against Byron Albert Clairmont, 41, of Vernon. Clairmont faces two counts of armed robbery and two counts of using a firearm...

Vernon Bait Car Takes Off

Feb 26, 2007 / 2:00 pm

It took 15 months, but Vernon finally has its first Bait Car theft and it didn't take long for the second one. The same Bait Car was stolen twice from Vernon streets last Friday. RCMP Corporal Henry Proce says it's the first time the same Bait Car has been taken twice during the same day. Vernon...

Armed Robber Hits Again

Feb 25, 2007 / 6:34 am

Vernon RCMP are looking for a man they believe is responsible for a string of grocery store armed robberies in the City. Police say the latest target was Charlie's Grocery on 32nd St. RCMP say the suspect entered the store shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, went behind the counter and waived a rifle...

2nd Vernon Store Robbed

Feb 24, 2007 / 9:13 am

A 2nd Vernon grocery store was the target of an armed robbery Friday. RCMP say shortly before midnight, a lone male entered the downtown Vernon Safeway and asked an employee for assistance. Police say the suspect pulled back his jacket, exposing what the employee believed was a long gun. ...

Vernon Abduction Attempt

Feb 23, 2007 / 2:00 pm

Vernon RCMP are investigating an attempted abduction. A 12-year-old girl says she was approached by a man in a pick-up truck after getting off her school bus Thursday afternoon near the Rodeo Grounds on Westside Road. "A male in an older, red pick-up asked the victim if she wanted to get in....

Vernon Armed Robbery

Feb 23, 2007 / 1:30 pm

Vernon RCMP are looking for a robbery suspect who is armed with a gun. The suspect robbed Cooper's Foods early Friday morning. "Evidence at the scene indicates the suspect entered the premises and approached the store manager asking to purchase a carton of cigarettes," says Corporal Henry Proce....

Vernon Suspect Tasered

Feb 22, 2007 / 3:00 pm

Vernon RCMP were forced to use a police taser to subdue a man who was begging officers to shoot him. "At 6:45 am yesterday morning police responded to a call of a male brandishing bricks on 30th Ave. The suspect was standing in the middle of the Street with a brick in one hand and another wrapped...

Westbank Armed Robbery

Feb 21, 2007 / 8:30 am

Westbank RCMP are looking for an armed robber who held up the Domino's Pizza on Main street Tuesday night. Investigators say a man entered the restaurant and demanded money while producing a small knife. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The police dog unit was called in to track the...

Salmon Arm Assault

Feb 19, 2007 / 2:30 pm

A 20-year-old man believed to be responsible for assaults at three separate locations in Salmon Arm is in custody. RCMP say the man's crime spree began about 3 a.m. Sunday when a lone male broke into a senior's home. He assaulted two female workers, one with a fire extinguisher, before leaving. ...

Crystal Mountain Included

Feb 18, 2007 / 1:00 pm

Crystal Mountain is outside the Westside Governance boundaries, but that could soon change. The Regional District and Westside Governance Committee is asking the provincial government to include the ski area in any future governance changes. Crystal Mountain is ready to undergo a major...

Vernon Pedestrian Hit

Feb 17, 2007 / 6:30 am

Vernon RCMP are looking for a white minivan involved in a pedestrian hit and run. Shortly before noon Friday, a female pedestrian was struck by the van while crossing 30th Ave at 34th St. She suffered minor injuries as the vehicle knocked her down and ran over her foot. Witnesses describe the...

Vernon Suspect Released

Feb 15, 2007 / 10:10 am

Vernon RCMP have released one suspect, but are zeroing-in on another in the wake of a crime spree this week. Two men went on a crime spree Monday which involved the theft of a vehicle, two gas & dashes, a home invasion and a robbery. The spree began with the theft of a pick-up truck which...

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