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OK Mountain Park Weed Control

Oct 1, 2004 / 2:03 pm
The government of British Columbia is spending $82,000 to protect fire-affected areas in and around Okanagan Mountain Park and Myra-Bellevue Park from the effects of invasive plants and weeds. The Province is investing $77,000 on invasive plant management in and around Okanagan Mountain Provincial...

Summerland Crash Victim Identified

Sep 30, 2004 / 4:28 pm
RCMP have released the name of a Summerland man killed in a single vehicle accident. The crash happened late Wednesday morning on Apex Mountain Rd. about eight kilometres from Green Mountain Road. Police say Konrad Reger, 52, lost control of his car and drove off the road. There was no one...

Crash Kills Summerland Man

Sep 29, 2004 / 4:48 pm
RCMP are investigating a fatal accident in the Apex Resort area in the South Okanagan. It happened shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday on Apex Mountain Rd. about eight kilometres from Green Mountain Road. Police say a 52-year-old Summerland man lost control of his car and drove off the road....

Trails BC Fires Back At ATV's

Sep 29, 2004 / 3:19 pm
The President of Trails BC says there legitimate reasons why ATV's should be banned from riding the Kettle Valley Railway. ATV users say they're being banned from using KVR which is part of the Trans Canada Trail. They argue they should have full access just like hikers, cyclists and horseback...

WFN Boil Water Lifted

Sep 29, 2004 / 6:11 am
As of Tuesday September 28th, the boil water advisory has been lifted for the following areas: Pine Ridge Estates Quail Court Pine Villa, 1315,1303,1305,1307,1309,1781,1735,1737,1739,1773,1775,1777,1779, and 1763 Boucherie Road

Westside Smash Up Derby

Sep 28, 2004 / 3:48 pm
Traffic on Highway 97 on the Westside came to a grinding halt Tuesday following a five-car accident. It happened mid-morning at the intersection of Gellatly Rd. where a vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left hand turn from Highway 97. The incident sparked two separate...

Peachland Druggies Busted Again

Sep 28, 2004 / 3:39 pm
Two local men facing drug charges have had a third run in with the law. They were originally arrested following a drug bust at a Peachland residence on Trepanier Bench Rd. on September 10th. The men were busted again six days later on drug charges when they were found with cocaine. On Monday, the...
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Regional Board Highlights

Sep 28, 2004 / 1:50 pm
Emergency Planning Grant The Regional District has received a grant to enhance its Emergency Plan. The Union of BC Municipalities is administering the program with $25,000 in funding provided by the Ministry of Solicitor General and Public Safety. The money will be used for Emergency Operations...

Vernon's Bad Guy Of The Week

Sep 28, 2004 / 1:37 pm
Crime Stoppers is asking for public assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on Provincial wide warrants. As of Sept-28th at 08:55 hrs, Michael Robin FUHRER (BD:1967-Feb-12) is wanted on warrants for Theft under, drive while disqualified and fail to attend court. FUHRER is...

Lake Country Dog Owner Fined

Sep 28, 2004 / 10:17 am
A Lake Country man has been hit in the wallet for the actions of his dogs. The man's two rottweilers got into a neighbour's pigeon pen last Sunday and killed more than 30 of the birds. The owner has been fined $550 and ordered to keep his dogs muzzled when they're off his property.

Westbank Break And Enters

Sep 27, 2004 / 9:39 am
Two local residents are facing charges in connection with some business break and enters on the Westside. An alarm went off at 5 a.m. Monday at the Kentucky Fried Chicken Restaurant on Gelatly Rd. near Highway 97. Moments later, a second alarm went off at neighbouring A&W Restaurant. Police...

Lake Country Municipal News

Sep 23, 2004 / 6:21 am
HOME OCCUPATION BYLAW Over 100 District of Lake Country residents attended a public hearing Tuesday night to express opinions on the proposed District of Lake Country Zoning Amendment Bylaw 467, 2004 (Home Occupation). As more residents still want to be heard, Council will reconvene the Public...

Westside Impaired Driver

Sep 22, 2004 / 7:00 am
What was this guy thinking? Police on the Westside pulled over a car last night for impaired driving and put the driver in the back of their police cruiser for questioning. That's when his buddy jumped into the drivers seat of the supsect vehicle and took off. It turns out that he was even...

Vernon's Bad Guy Of The Week

Sep 21, 2004 / 11:30 am
Crime Stoppers in Vernon is asking for public assistance in locating the following male who is wanted on Provincial wide warrants as of 2004-Sept-21 at 09:05 hrs. Robert Wayne LAPP (BD:1982-Jan-21) is wanted for Obstruction and Breach of Probation. LAPP is described as a white male, 22 years old,...

Open Burning In OK Mountain Park

Sep 20, 2004 / 9:55 am
The B.C. Forest Service is set to launch a series of open burns in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. Starting Monday, September 20, weather permitting, crews will be setting fire to large piles of logs and other residue left behind from the Okanagan Mountain Park fire. The burning will...

Small Westside Fire

Sep 18, 2004 / 9:53 am
Westside Fire crews dealt with a small fire just before ten o'clock Friday night in what's believed to be a pickers cabin on Gellatly Road. A castanet reader says the flames were visible on Gellatly just across from a logging truck company. Crews were on the scene for almost two and a half hours.

Winfield/Oyama Paving Done

Sep 17, 2004 / 2:44 pm
Construction on a repaving project between Winfield and Oyama on Highway 97 has wrapped up. "From the Oceola/Woodsdale intersection to Cornwall Road, motorists now have a safer, smoother surface to drive on," says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA John Weisbeck. The five-kilometre section of the highway...

Vernon Woman Found Dead

Sep 17, 2004 / 11:54 am
A Vernon woman recently sentenced to prison for killing her fiancé has been found dead in a Surrey jail cell. Elke Lamprecht was found dead on September 4. She was waiting to be transferred to a federal penitentiary where she was to serve two years for the December 2002 killing of Gerald...

Vernon Arsonist Is A Firefighter

Sep 15, 2004 / 3:20 pm
RCMP in Vernon are not commenting on reports that a fireman is the focus of an investigation into a series of arsons in the Silver Star Resort area near Vernon. On Tuesday, police confirmed they are recommending charges against a "person of interest" in connection with at least three arsons in...

Vernon Armed Robbery

Sep 15, 2004 / 10:15 am
Vernon RCMP were called to the 7-11 at 39th Avenue and 32nd Street in Vernon around 4:15 am last night after an armed robbery. A lone male entered the store and demanded cash and left with an undisclosed amount of cash and items from the store. The suspect is described as a white male 5’8”...

Vernon Wants External Review

Sep 15, 2004 / 7:17 am
Vernon City Council now wants the federal government to hold an external independent review of last month's murder Howard House murder. Mayor Sean Harvey says previous internal investigations by agencies involved have been "white washes" and haven't resulted in concrete measures to make safer...

Peachland Drug House Busted

Sep 13, 2004 / 11:00 am
RCMP busted a drug house in the Peachland area over the weekend. The home, located in the 4000 block of Trepanier Bench Rd, was busted last Friday where police seized 600 pot plants and a large quantity of cocaine. Police also recovered stolen property from break-and-enters in the Peachland...

Winfield Axe Attack

Sep 10, 2004 / 7:00 pm
RCMP were forced to draw their weapons while arresting a man armed with an axe on Beaver Lake Rd. in Winfield. They were called to the residence Thursday night to investigate complaints about a man attacking a house with an axe. The man had smashed three windows with the axe and was trying to...

Westside Meeting Set

Sep 7, 2004 / 8:32 am
An important meeting of the Westside Governance Phase Two Study Committee will be held on Thursday September 16 at the Comfort Inn (1655 Westgate Road) on the Westside. The meeting is at 7 pm. The purpose of the meeting is to hammer out the Phase Two Study Terms of Reference which are currently...

IPE Record Attendance

Sep 7, 2004 / 7:21 am
The IPE attendance this year was 110,000, topping last year's record of 101,000, despite the poor weather. The only incident over the five day fair came Saturday when a miniature horse ran into a crowd after being spooked by a wasp sting. Three children had minor injuries and were taken to...

No Birds At IPE

Sep 4, 2004 / 1:08 pm
There's still one day to take in the annual Interior Provincial Exhibition in Armstrong. But one thing you won't see at the IPE this year is live poultry. Vernon's Poultry and Pigeon Club usually displays its birds in one of the barns, but the avian flu epidemic in the Fraser Valley this spring...

Vernon Con Found In Surrey

Sep 2, 2004 / 10:13 am
A convict who walked away from Vernon's controversial Howard House is back behind bars. Samuel Armand Francoeur, 33, walked away from the halfway house a week ago after getting into an argument with staff. He was wrapping up a sentence for property crimes. Police say Francoeur was arrested...

Another Vernon Con On The Lam

Aug 31, 2004 / 5:00 am
Samuel Armand Francoeur, 36, walked away from the place last Thursday. A Crimestoppers bulletin has been issued for his arrest. Francoeur is not considered violent. He was wrapping up a sentence for property crimes. Earlier this month, a convicted killer walked away from Howard House and is...

Westbank Shower Burglar Cuffed

Aug 30, 2004 / 10:32 am
Imagine coming out the shower and finding someone rummaging through your home. That's what happened to a Boucherie Rd. man in Westbank Monday morning. Police say the man was coming out of the shower and found a burglar in his house that had gathered a pile of clothes and other items at the...

Westside Crack House Busted

Aug 27, 2004 / 3:37 pm
Kelowna RCMP had to call in the Emergency Response Team this week to deal with a man wanted by Immigration officials. Police got a tip Wednesday the man was in a well-known crack house located in the 1600 block of Old Ferry Warf Rd. on the Westside. The man was spotted on the house's roof armed...

Westbank Girl Killed In Rafting Accident

Aug 27, 2004 / 12:15 pm
A Westbank girl who dreamed of making it to the Olympics has died in a boating accident. Christina Dennett, 19, died last Sunday during a whitewater rafting trip in Costa Rica. Officials say Dennett's raft flipped after hitting some rocks, dumping all eight passengers into the water. She became...

Glenrosa Brush Fire

Aug 27, 2004 / 6:25 am
Two volunteer Westside fire crews were called to put out a small brush fire around 6 pm yesterday evening. It happened just off Webber Road in Glenrosa. Crews quickly extinguished the blaze. No word yet on a cause.

Crash Kills Okanagan Woman

Aug 26, 2004 / 11:02 am
A two vehicle crash has claimed the life of a north Okanagan woman. It happened Wednesday morning on Highway 97-A just north of Enderby where 27-year-old Tara Krueger lost control of her car before smashing into a pickup truck. Krueger was pronounced dead at the scene. She was from Enderby. The...

WFN Boil Water Lifted

Aug 26, 2004 / 6:20 am
Officials say that the malfunction with the chlorinator on Westbank First Nation Tsinstikeptum IR# 10 has been rectified. Health Canada has authorized a removal of the boil water advisory as of 3:00 pm Wednesday, August 25, 2004. The following locations are no longer required to boil their...

Lake Country Grow Op Busted

Aug 25, 2004 / 10:50 am
RCMP in Lake Country have busted another marijuana grow operation. It was located at 10830 Cheryl Rd. Police say the rental property was vacant and the tenants had hooked up carbon dioxide generators to the home through the natural gas lines. A hydro by-pass was also in use. Police say the...

Vernon Manager Pleads Guilty

Aug 24, 2004 / 4:24 pm
The former manager of a Vernon company will be sentenced at a later date after pleading guilty to stealing more than $500,000. Kelly David Sunderman admitted he stole about $600,000 over several years while managing Tolko Industries in Vernon.

Winfield Mail Theft

Aug 23, 2004 / 4:40 pm
Some Winfield area residents might be missing their mail. Someone broke into a Canada Post Super Mail box in the 8900 block of Highway 97 sometime between 9 p.m. Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. The culprits gained entry to 30 compartments. Some of the mail was later recovered in a field in Winfield....

Fatal Crash In South Okanagan

Aug 23, 2004 / 2:43 pm
Police say alcohol played a role in a fatal single vehicle accident in the south Okanagan over the weekend. The crash happened Saturday night in the Carmi area where a pick-up truck with four passengers -- two in the cab and two in the box -- plunged down a steep embankment. A Penticton area...

Forest Fires In Vernon Area

Aug 20, 2004 / 12:11 pm
Forestry crews are battling a couple of large forest fires located within the Vernon Fire Centre. The first one is the Taylor Creek Fire. It's located east of Mabel Lake and has grown to 30 hectares. Forestry officials say the fire is burning in rugged terrain and is not posing a threat to any...

OK Falls Murder Suicide Confirmed

Aug 19, 2004 / 10:21 am
RCMP in the south Okanagan confirm the deaths of two Okanagan Falls residents are the result of a murder suicide. Police were called to a residence on Sovereign Rd. on July 27th where they found the bodies of a man and woman inside. They've been identified as Termise Hudson, 23, and 34-year-old...
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