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Dramatic spike in vehicle thefts

Sep 4, 2008 / 1:00 pm

There's been a spike in vehicle thefts. Vernon police say from August 25th to 31st, 18 vehicles were stolen in an area stretching from Lumby to Armstrong. At one point 11 vehicles were stolen in a 37 hour period. "The majority of the vehicles reported stolen were from Vernon and were mainly...

Knives seized from IPE vendor

Sep 3, 2008 / 2:00 pm

A routine traffic stop in the North Okanagan lead to the shut down of a vendor’s booth at the IPE in Armstrong over the weekend. On Saturday, RCMP stopped a vehicle in a traffic stop near Armstrong. Four men were in the vehicle and it was soon discovered that three of them were carrying...

Dental records used to ID body

Sep 3, 2008 / 5:00 am

North Okanagan RCMP are still trying to identify a body found in the lake last week. The body of a man was pulled out of Okanagan Lake in the Adventure Bay area on Friday. The Regional Coroners office says it will be using dental records to identify the man. This form of identification is...

Attempted Vernon gas station robbery

Sep 2, 2008 / 2:00 pm

A young North Okanagan man is facing charges after trying to rob a gas station over the weekend. The 19-year-old went into a Shell station in the 3800 block of 32nd Street just before 8 a.m. Sunday. Spokesperson for the Vernon RCMP, Gord Molendyk, says the suspect told the cashier to open the...

Vernon plane crash kills pilot

Sep 2, 2008 / 7:30 am

A North Okanagan resident is dead following a plane crash. An ultra-light aircraft crashed at the Vernon Regional Airport Monday, killing the pilot, a 78-year-old Vernon man. Corporal Doug Haftner says the plane crashed around 1:30 p.m. "There is some indication of mechanical problems, based on...

Funding for Highway 97A improvements

Aug 31, 2008 / 1:30 pm

Improvements are coming to Highway 97A. Provincial and federal government have announced funding in the amount of $33.7 million to upgrade parts of the highway. “The addition of two new lanes to this section of Highway 97A will reduce delays and improve travel time through this busy area,”...

Walk to fight Parkinson's disease

Aug 30, 2008 / 5:00 pm

Going for a walk in Vernon will help raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease. On September 13, the public is invited to take part in the SuperWalk for Parkinson's at Polson Park in Vernon to raise funds for a cure. SuperWalk for Parkinson's is a major fund raising event that takes place in 80...

Missing Salmon Arm teenager

Aug 30, 2008 / 2:27 pm

RCMP in Salmon Arm are searching for a missing teenager. Jessica Walksonwater Thomas, 16, was last seen on August 27. She is described as non-white with brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair. She is 5’6”, 150 lbs. Jessica may be travelling across Canada with an acquaintance named Ethan...

Dead body recovered from lake

Aug 29, 2008 / 6:44 pm

A dead body floating on Okanagan Lake in the Adventure Bay area was recovered Friday. Members of the RCMP, Coroners Service, and Search and Rescue utilized water transport to recover the dead male. Officials say that the body appears to have been in the water for an extended period of time. The...

Search for possible drowning victim

Aug 29, 2008 / 11:00 am

Vernon Search and Rescue are back in Okanagan Lake for a second day looking for what could be a drowning victim. Police were initially called to the 8100 block of Okanagan Landing Road about 6:30 Thursday evening after someone believed they saw a person slide off a floating device into the...

Shots fired: Vernon

Aug 28, 2008 / 3:58 pm

RCMP in Vernon are investigating a report of shots being fired in the 2800 block of 35th Street downtown. Police spokesman, Gord Molendyk, says the report came in about 3:45 Thursday afternoon. "Early indications are that several shots were fired from the alley at that point. Witnesses indicate...

Avoiding deer leads to accident

Aug 28, 2008 / 1:45 pm

An Edmonton man is in Vernon hospital following a single vehicle accident on Highway 97 near Falkland Wednesday evening. Police say the vehicle was travelling south after leaving a service station in Falkland. "The investigation has determined the couple had just left the service station when the...

Possible witnesses sought

Aug 26, 2008 / 4:32 pm

North Okanagan RCMP are searching for two potential witnesses. An officer with the North Okanagan Traffic Service was patrolling south bound on Highway 97 near Chrystal Waters around 2 a.m. Saturday when a vehicle crossed the divider and drove at the officer. Vernon RCMP spokesperson, Gordon...

Fire uncovers grow-op

Aug 26, 2008 / 12:31 pm

Fire in an outbuilding has led to the discovery of a grow-op in the North Okanagan. RCMP and fire crews from Okanagan Landing responded to a fire in the 6000 block of Tronson Road just after 5:30 p.m. Monday. Vernon RCMP spokesperson, Gordon Molendyk, says while crews were dealing with the fire,...

Family fight leads to gun shots

Aug 25, 2008 / 1:46 pm

It wasn’t just the family’s affair. Late last week, Armstrong RCMP responded to a call of shots fired after a family argument got out of hand. Vernon RCMP spokesperson, Gord Molendyk, says officers responded to the call from the 2000 block of Deep Creek Road, Thursday. “When officers...

Lavington plant closure, 300 jobs lost

Aug 23, 2008 / 10:00 am

Rising energy and transportation costs are being called factors in the closure of a large manufacturing plant in the North Okanagan. A glass container plant, operated by Owens-Illinois Inc, is being closed in Lavington, near Vernon. A representative from Owen-Illinois Inc came to the Lavington...

Hospital contracts awarded

Aug 21, 2008 / 2:39 pm

Infusion Health has been awarded the $432.5 million construction contract for expansion of Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Kelowna General Hospital. Provincial Health Minister, George Abbott, made the announcement Thursday. The agreement is a fixed-price contract that will see Infusion Health will...

Crook stoops to new low

Aug 21, 2008 / 11:40 am

Vernon police are looking for a man who robbed a defenceless senior early Wednesday morning. Police says the senior, in his late 60's, was riding his electric scooter on the sidewalk near Shoppers Drug Mart on 31st Avenue at about 6:30 a.m. when he was approached by a male on a bike asking if he...

ATV crash sends woman to hospital

Aug 19, 2008 / 2:01 pm

An Enderby woman is in hospital following an ATV incident. The incident happened Sunday in the Dixon Dam area (Silver Star) where the woman and her husband were attempting to climb a steep hill. "They were attempting to climb an extremely steep pitch and went over backwards. The wife was badly...

Lightning starts more fires

Aug 19, 2008 / 1:31 pm

The Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 40 new fires since Monday morning due to lightning strikes in the region. The Shea Lake fire, south of Merritt, has remained at 37 hectares and is now 100% contained. The 66 fire suppression personnel on site will continue with the mop-up stage, which is...

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