RCMP Get Their Man

Feb 20, 2005 / 6:16 am
A 50 year old male is in police custody, arrested without incident at a residence in Lake Country about eight o'clock Saturday night. The Lake Country suspect will be charged with five recent armed robberies in Westbank, Rutland and Lake Country. The Comfort Inn on Westgate Road in Westbank was...

Gas Station Robberies

Feb 19, 2005 / 6:20 am
Kelowna RCMP are helping Lake Country police this morning deal with a couple of gas station robberies in Winfield. Few details about the robberies are available but it is known one took place about nine o'clock Friday night. There are reports that the suspect left a car parked in the Coopers...

Skier Dies At Apex

Feb 18, 2005 / 7:06 pm
There is another tragedy to report on a local ski hill. Around 10:00 this morning an 18 year old man was fatally injured while skiing at Apex Mountain Resort near Penticton. He was on a double black diamond run participating in the annual "Iron Legs" event. Officials suspect he was going too...

Westside Roads Study

Feb 18, 2005 / 5:00 am
Tax payers are forking out $150,000 to study roads on the Westside. The price tag is being shared with the Regional District picking up half the tab. "This funding will help them determine current conditions and assess future road needs for the Westside," says Westside MLA Rick Thorpe. The area...

Safeway Robber Cuffed

Feb 17, 2005 / 6:16 am
Acting on a tip from the public, Penticton RCMP arrested Robert Pisozub at a Penticton Hotel Wednesday afternoon. Pisozub was taken into custody without incident on an outstanding warrant for the Vernon Square Safeway armed robbery on January 30th. The RCMP would like to thank all the members...

Waste Diversion Project

Feb 16, 2005 / 8:30 am
RDCO Press Release The Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna are working with stakeholders to conduct a pilot project aimed at diverting demolition, land clearing and construction (DLC) waste from the Glenmore landfill. The project will serve as a feasibility study to...

More OUC Strike Action

Feb 16, 2005 / 6:38 am
Rotating strike action returns to Okanagan University College on Wednesday, to press union demands for a fair wage settlement, the B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union (BCGEU) announced Tuesday. The BCGEU represents over 500 support workers at Okanagan University College. Campuses in...

Big White Axe Assault

Feb 16, 2005 / 6:19 am
They wouldn't leave when asked and then took their frustrations out with an axe. Two suspects are in custody after they assaulted three men with an axe last night at Big White. It all started when the men were asked to leave a home. A police dog later found the axe that had been thrown away...

Big Police Score In Vernon

Feb 15, 2005 / 10:44 am
A 48-year-old Vernon man is facing several charges in connection with a drug raid last week. The bust happened on Thursday Feb. 10. RCMP say, in addition to drugs, they also seized 12 suspected stolen vehicles from the property. Two of the vehicles have been confirmed as stolen from the Vernon...

Drywall Landfill Ban

Feb 15, 2005 / 5:00 am
Release Gypsum Wallboard Now Banned at Landfills The Regional District of Central Okanagan and the City of Kelowna have added gypsum wallboard to the list of mandatory recyclable materials banned at local landfills. New gypsum wallboard, commonly also known as drywall, has been banned at local...

Car Plunges Into Lake

Feb 14, 2005 / 1:20 pm
An unidentified motorist escaped serious injury after her car plunged into Okanagan Lake. The single vehicle accident happened early Monday morning on Highway 97 where the car veered off the road just south of Peachland. The vehicle smashed into some large rocks at the edge of the lake before...

Greens Announce Candidates

Feb 13, 2005 / 12:00 pm
The Okanagan Green Party will be holding a nomination meeting to announce their candidates for the 2005 provincial election on Thursday, February 17th, 2005 at 5.30 pm at Bunches Bistro in Kelowna. It will be followed by a fundraising dinner for ticketholders. The Nomination Meeting is open to the...

Duck Lake Crash

Feb 13, 2005 / 6:28 am
A suspected car thief is under arrest after a two car crash on Highway 97 near Duck Lake just before noon Saturday. RCMP took a 22 year old Penticton man into custody after responding to the accident which injured a mother and her two daughters from Salmon Arm. The suspected car thief totaled a...

Local Crash Injures Two

Feb 12, 2005 / 6:38 am
One man is in Kelowna General hospital after running a stop sign at Elk Road and Highway 97 Friday night. RCMP say about 10:45 the east bound car failed to stop at the stop sign, entered the highway and was struck by a north bound Semi truck. The jaws of life had to be used to get the unconscious...

Castle Full Of Dope

Feb 12, 2005 / 5:00 am
The police were checking into Haymour Castle in Peachland Thursday and they checked out with marijuana -- lots of it. The former hotel, which has been closed for several years, was loaded with over 600 marijuana plants. RCMP say it was a "very sophisticated operation" which included a...

Local Police Pursuit

Feb 11, 2005 / 3:00 pm
Local police have a woman in custody and are still looking for her accomplices following a brief chase Friday morning. Things began to unfold at around 7 a.m. in Westbank when the woman jumped into a pick-up truck that was left idling at a residence in the 3300 block of McIver Rd. The truck was...

House Blocks Highway

Feb 11, 2005 / 1:26 pm
Traffic on Highway 97 in Winfield came to a halt late Friday morning when a truck lost its load -- and the load was a house. The incident happened at Barry Rd. where the driver was making a left hand turn onto Highway 97 and was forced to brake for a car ahead of him. Witnesses say that's when...

Resort Purchase Denied

Feb 11, 2005 / 5:00 am
Release McCulloch Lake Resort Purchase Appeal Dismissed The B.C. Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by the Regional District of Central Okanagan, South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) and the Okanagan Boys and Girls Club regarding the purchase of McCulloch Lake Resort. A hearing...

OUC Classes Canceled

Feb 10, 2005 / 9:00 am
Day and evening classes at Okanagan University College across the Okanagan are again canceled today as part of rotating job action by unionized support staff at OUC. The campuses and centres to be picketed are: - North Kelowna Campus - South Kelowna Campus - Kalamalka campus (Vernon) -...

Spring Break Two Weeks

Feb 10, 2005 / 7:42 am
School District 23 Trustees held their regular meeting last night. Here are the highlights from that meeting: For the third year running, the 2005-2006 school year will have a two week spring break. The two week spring break was started two years ago as a budget balancing exercise. School...

Body Found In Skaha Lake

Feb 9, 2005 / 5:00 am
Foul play is not suspected following the discovery of a man's body in the Penticton area. Police say the body was discovered late Tuesday morning along the shores of Skaha Lake at Skaha Estates near Okanagan Falls. RCMP say there are no visible signs of trauma to the body and no further details...

Regional District Highlights

Feb 8, 2005 / 2:37 pm
Joe Rich Alternative Approval Process The Regional Board has received the declaration of results for the Joe Rich Community Hall Alternative Approval Process. A total of 114 valid signatures were received from electors opposed to the proposed bylaw to establish a service area to fund the operation...

Armstrong Head-on Crash

Feb 7, 2005 / 6:57 am
Highway 97A north of Armstrong is open again after a head-on collision around 8:30 last night. Five were injured, three critically. More details are pending. Meanwhile on Vancouver Island a 12 year old boy is dead after a crash near Parksville. It happened around 11:20 am Sunday when the car...

Two Killed Near Merritt

Feb 6, 2005 / 6:46 am
Two people were killed and five taken to hospital in Kamloops after a multi vehicle accident on Highway 5, 16 km south of Merritt about 6:30 Saturday morning. RCMP say a sport utility vehicle with seven occupants lost control and hit the rear of one of two tractor trailers involved in the...

New Senior Housing

Feb 5, 2005 / 12:43 pm
Groundbreaking for the construction of a 40-unit assisted living development to benefit lower income seniors in need of affordable housing took place Friday. Operated by the Westbank Lions Seniors Housing Society, the new development will provide affordable apartments and support services for...

Coquihalla Snow Storm

Feb 5, 2005 / 8:44 am
The Coquihalla Highway is closed northbound 20 km south of Merritt until further notice due to a motor vehicle accident. An overnight snow storm of anywhere between five and ten centimeters has made driving conditions treacherous. There are extremely slippery sections due to black ice on all...

Vernon Robbery Spree?

Feb 5, 2005 / 5:00 am
Kelowna had three robberies Thursday, does Vernon now have a robbery spree on its hands too? At about 1:37 pm Friday afternoon Vernon RCMP were called to the Bargain Shop at 3301-30 Ave to the report of a robbery. A lone male entered the store and produced a note to the cashier. The note...

Ticket Turns To Drug Bust

Feb 5, 2005 / 5:00 am
A school zone speeder will likely never forget to slow down again. It happened Friday morning when Vernon RCMP were set up in a school zone speed trap at Coldstream Elementary School. There they observed a speeding truck. The driver of the vehicle was checked and an odor of marijuana was...

Local Seniors Terrorized

Feb 3, 2005 / 5:00 am
Residents of a local seniors condo building on the Westside say they're being terrorized by kids in the neighbourhood. The building is located on Ingram Place in Westbank -- the scene of an arson last week that destroyed one motorhome and damaged three campers. Residents are pointing the...

Human Error To Blame

Feb 2, 2005 / 10:36 am
Someone screwed up but that's all the government is saying. The BC government has completed its investigation in the death of Vernon RCMP auxiliary Glen Evely last November. Michael O'Brien was being pursued by police in a stolen pick-up truck when he struck Evely's cruiser. Evely's partner,...

Vernon Credit Card Fraud

Feb 1, 2005 / 11:43 am
The Vernon RCMP are reminding the local businesses again about doing credit card transactions over the phone. Over the past few weeks there seems to have been an increase in calls to local businesses placing orders for various products giving a credit card number then having someone, or a courier...

Westside Motel Hold-Up

Feb 1, 2005 / 6:30 am
A man brandishing a large screwdriver robbed Westbank’s Comfort Inn on Westgate Road early Tuesday morning. The suspect was alone when he entered the motel around 2:30 am and demanded money from the motel clerk. He left with the cash on foot. He is described as having several days growth of...

Summerland Drug Bust

Jan 31, 2005 / 10:30 am
Three people are facing charges in connection with a drug bust in the Summerland area. On Friday, police raided a home in the 8500 block of Prairie Valley Road where they seized cocaine and some marijuana. The three suspects -- two men and one woman in their 20's -- are due in Penticton court...

OUC Classes Cancelled

Jan 31, 2005 / 5:15 am
Students attending OUC campuses through the Okanagan and Shuswap will be able to sleep in today because of picketing by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union. Other unions at the six campuses will be honouring those picket lines and day and evening classes will not take...

Money For Fruit Growers

Jan 30, 2005 / 6:50 am
More than 5.5 million dollars has been allocated for two programs to benefit BC fruit growers. B C Agriculture Minister John van Dongen made the announcements at the BC Fruit Growers 116th annual convention in Penticton Saturday. Victoria has earmarked 4.65 million for a replanting program and...

Fruit Growers Meet

Jan 29, 2005 / 7:12 am
Replanting programs and low prices for apples are on the minds of BC fruit growers at their 116th annual convention in Penticton this weekend. BC Agriculture Minister John van Dongen will be a guest speaker at 9 am this morning. Current BCFGA President Penny Gamble expects details of a replanting...

Westbank RV Torched

Jan 29, 2005 / 5:00 am
For most people waking up to find that your RV had been purposely set on fire would put a damper on your day. But not for Inge and Rudi Hoft after all, it was their anniversary. The Westbank Fire Department dispatched a crew around 4am Friday morning to Ingram Place, a condominium complex in...

OUC Strike Two!

Jan 29, 2005 / 5:00 am
OKANAGAN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE FACING PICKETS ON MONDAY News Release "Members have already more than met zero wage mandate," says Heyman. Rotating strike action moves to Okanagan University College campuses on Monday to support the union’s demand for a fair wage settlement, the B.C. Government and...

Suspicious Westbank Fire

Jan 28, 2005 / 7:20 am
RCMP are investigating a suspicious fire that broke out in Westbank early Friday morning. The Westbank Fire Department was dispatched to 2477 Ingram Road around 4 am, where they arrived to find a motor home ablaze. Firemen got the flames under control and put it out, but not before it caused...

No Drugs In Jeff: Sun

Jan 27, 2005 / 1:30 pm
Press Release January 27, 2004 The coroner's office released the report to the media this week. As is unfortunately typical in the death of an athlete, speculation of performance enhancers playing a role in Jeff's passing circulated. Anyone who knew Jeff Halvorson had no doubt those substances...
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